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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
Community college links culinary and agriculture programs for farm-to-table focus
Portland Press Herald - 11/29/2015.
By Meredith Goad - Kennebec Valley students cook with produce and meats raised on the college's certified organic farm, the first program of its kind in Maine.
Winter farmers markets expand across Maine
Bangor Daily News - 11/29/2015.
By Kathleen Pierce - Frost may be glittering in the grass, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh and healthy during the coldest months of the year. And you can support your local grower, too.
Tallest chestnut tree in North America found in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 11/28/2015.
By Nick McCrea - Lovell, Maine: The tallest chestnut tree in North America has been discovered in a small Maine town near the New Hampshire border, and the American Chestnut Foundation expects to make the measurement official Wednesday. At 115 feet in height, it’s believed to be a full 20 feet taller than its next closest known competitor.
Multi-toxin resistance enables pink bollworm survival on Bt cotton
GM Watch - 11/28/2015.
In an attempt to counter pest resistance to Bt crops, many growers have switched from GM crops that produce one Bt toxin to those producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest. The idea behind such “pyramid” crops is that insects resistant to one toxin are killed by another. But in a laboratory study, researchers produced rapid resistance in pink bollworms to two-toxin Bt cotton.
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