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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
Portland business is a honey of an idea
Portland Press Herald - 11/16/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: The air in the kitchen at The Honey Exchange is thick with the earthy, slightly sweet aroma of freshly made honey. In a typical Saturday chore, Phil Gaven is extracting the sticky substance from a beekeeper's hive.
A local food blueprint
Grist - 11/15/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – The most exciting aspect of the new USDA report on the local food and farm economy isn't the sizable $4.8 billion in annual sales of local food it says occurred in 2008. It's the fact that, as the AP noted, the local food economy is poised to grow as fast as even the most optimistic estimates.
Local food sales likely to reach $7 billion this year
Treehugger - 11/15/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – Good news for small farmers and local foodies: The buy-local movement is no longer a niche market for just a few interested customers. American farmers said they were selling $4.8 billion worth of produce a year at local markets in 2008, according to a new analysis by the USDA – which predicts this year's sales could reach $7 billion.
The Organic Center’s new dietary risk index
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2011.
The Organic Center – It is easier to reduce pesticide risk in food when you know where it lurks. Our "Dietary Risk Index" confirms that organic foods deliver on a core promise – nearly eliminating pesticide dietary risks.
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