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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
Author Q&A: Eats of Eden
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Tom Atwell - A new book by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman teaches beginning gardeners how to grow and cook their own food.
Could edamame be a magic bean?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Jeannie Nuss, AP - A small but growing number of farmers have been experimenting with an edible soybean as they look to capitalize on Americans' interest in adding non-meat proteins to their diets.
Dairies in California consider incentives to move out of state
Los Angeles Times - 3/30/2013.
By Ricardo Lopez – Other states have long poached California manufacturers and jobs. Now they're coming for the cows. The pitch: cheaper farm land, lower taxes, fewer environmental regulations and higher prices for their milk.
USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects
USDA - 3/29/2013.
USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Deadline: April 30.
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