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- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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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
Loss of wild pollinators serious threat to crop yields, study finds
The Guardian [UK] - 2/28/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The decline of wild bees and other pollinators may be an even more alarming threat to crop yields than the loss of honeybees, a worldwide study suggests, revealing the irreplaceable contribution of wild insects to global food production.
Organic sector pinched by GMO tainting in seed and feed, Organic Valley CEO says
Food Navigator USA - 2/28/2013.
By Hank Schultz - Organic Valley recently announced a plan to distribute more than $1 million in grants to fund research, education and advocacy on the production of organic foods. The grants have longterm goals and a near-term objective, with one of the biggest individual chunks of funding going toward supporting the push for GMO labeling.
Maine Quietly Mounting Massive Support for Historic GMO Labeling Bill
Occupy Monsanto - 2/28/2013.
By Fritz Kreiss - For many months legislators and community leaders in the State of Maine have been quietly building broad and unprecented support for passing a historic first-in-the-nation Right-To-Know GMO Labeling law.
The Maine Ingredient: Recipes reflect Maine food history
Portland Press Herald - 2/27/2013.
By Brooke Dojny - Aren't we lucky to have Sandra Oliver, who is one of the country's pre-eminent food historians, living right here in Maine – on Islesboro, as a matter of fact? Although she researches and writes about all aspects of American food history, residence here in our part of the world means that she naturally focuses much of her attention on Maine foodways.
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