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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
“They [GMOs] make animals seriously ill”
La Libre - 3/31/2014.
By Sophie Devillers - Agricultural GMOs are loaded with pesticides. Three-quarters of all GMOs contain large amounts of Roundup, the main pesticide in the world, designed to kill weeds. These plants have been genetically modified for this, such as Roundup tolerant soybean and corn. The GM provides in this case the possibility to apply Roundup, whenever and as much as you want, because the plant will tolerate it. If one gives such a large dose of pesticides to a normal plant, it dies. GMOs facilitate intensive farming methods.
Flooding and Agricultural Consequences of Climate Change in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 3/20/2014.
By Sharon Kitchens, The Root - About this time of year, farmers in Maine are getting ready for another growing season, and some are preparing for extreme weather events, including flooding.
Two hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to more autistic behaviors
Environmental Health News - 3/20/2014.
Synopsis by Lindsey Konkel - Children exposed in the womb to higher levels of a flame retardant and a chemical in a banned pesticide exhibited slightly more autistic behaviors in a new study. Previous research has linked changes in children’s brain development to their mothers’ exposure to hormone-disrupting environmental chemicals.
Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops
National Public Radio - 3/20/2014.
By Kirk Siegler, The Salt - Every farm and ranch around here is, or was, entirely dependent on water that comes from snow melt in the Sierra Nevada. So, during a different drought a few years back, the farmers got to thinking: The only way to survive was to diversify and find crops that didn't need as much water.
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