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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
New initiative designed to help connect farmers, consumers
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: When several Belfast City Hall employees joined a community-supported agriculture program this summer, they ultimately cooked up much more than just the fresh vegetables from Bahner Farm in nearby Belmont.
What’s in a name, anyway?
Kennebec Journal - 10/13/2011.
By Denis Thoet – It's an article of faith at the farm that organically raised food tastes better, and is better for us than food grown by "conventional" agriculture with its chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified crops. A 30-year study by the Rodale Institute confirms that organic farming has other substantial benefits.
Land trusts provide critical role in state conservation movement
Kennebec Journal - 10/12/2011.
Op-Ed by George Smith – Maine's land trusts provide the ground troops for the state's conservation movement. Many Mainers have toiled for decades – most as volunteers – to protect, conserve and maintain our very best places.
Fledgling farms ripen at Six River
Portland Press Herald - 10/12/2011.
By Brooke Dojny – I recently spent a couple of days touring several midcoast farms and markets with a group led by John Piotti, director of Maine Farmland Trust. MFT is a statewide nonprofit with the mission of protecting Maine's farmland and keeping farms working. The Trust, which has helped preserve more than 22,000 farm acres since its founding in 1999 and hopes to save 100,000 acres by 2014, uses a series of creative models designed to achieve its goal.
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