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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Canada becomes first nation to officially list BPA as toxic
Grist - 10/14/2010.
By Brian Merchant – Effective immediately, the chemical Bisphenol A is officially considered toxic in Canada. BPA, as you're likely aware, is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, water bottles, and paper receipts. BPA mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a number of severe health woes, including breast cancer and early puberty in women.
Doctor as farmers: how food prescriptions can save our cities
The Atlantic - 10/14/2010.
By Michel Nischan – I was recently asked to talk about Wholesome Wave's new Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) at the Roots of Change Conference in Los Angeles. We partner with Roots of Change and they throw amazing conferences, so the answer was YES! FVRx relies on health practitioners in underserved communities to serve as "dispensers" of "prescriptions" that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets.
Cook up a cool cross-promotion
American Express Open Forum - 10/14/2010.
By Jane Applegate – For six weeks in the fall, 55 members of the ‘Out on a Limb’ heirloom apple Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) visit the Rabelais cookbook store to pick up their apples. While they are in the store, many apple-lovers also buy a book about heirloom apples or a book of apple recipes.
Co-ops keep businesses rooted in their communities
Portland Press Herald - 10/13/2010.
By Davis Taylor – Orono: From beef producers in Mars Hill to a teller's window in Sanford, cooperatives are feeling like there is no better time to promote their values and activities. With notable investor-owned corporations such as British Petroleum, Goldman Sachs, and General Motors in the media spotlight on account of various woes and transgressions, the cooperative idea of "business rooted in community" seems particularly timely.
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