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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
The Good Life – The movement that changed Maine
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2014.
A wonderful multimedia presentation, including lots of MOFGA people.
Salmonella cases decline, but other foodborne illnesses up
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Kathryn Doyle - There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Group asks U.S. to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Carey Gillam - U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide [diphenylamine] that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.
Our View: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2014.
Editorial - An organization in rural Mississippi takes fresh fruit and vegetables from 25 farms and distributes it to 152 school districts, making healthy, local food part of more than 60 million school meals last year. Another, based in Chicago, creates 10,000 meals every weekday for 90 schools, using locally grown, organic produce. Those are just two examples of how the business of small agriculture is being transformed throughout the United States by food hubs.
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