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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
Gary Paul Nabhan is hot on the trail of climate change
The Boston Globe - 6/30/2011.
By Aaron Kagan – Patagonia, Arizona: A lesser known symbol of climate change is the chili pepper. In a new book “Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail,’’ Gary Paul Nabhan examines the relationship between food production and global warming through the chili pepper.
Congress should reward farmers who are good stewards
Common Dreams - 6/30/2011.
By Brenna Norton – In the 1980s and early 1990s, a variety of US Department of Agriculture-supported conservation practices, requirements, and incentives were effective in reversing high levels of soil erosion. In recent years, relatively high soy and corn prices have given farmers incentive to expand planting onto marginal lands. The promise of high profits, and a perverse federal commodity subsidy system that rewards intensive mono-cropping, is just too good to resist.
Time to end the chemical war against superweeds
Greenpeace International - 6/30/2011.
By Lasse Bruun – Weed killers are used on a massive scale under the unproven assumption that they are safe. Roundup, one of the most common herbicides, is marketed by US agrochemical company Monsanto as “safe” for the environment and for humans – but “deadly for weeds.” Our new report, Herbicide Tolerance and GM Crops paints a very different picture.
Canada seeks to breed stronger honeybees
Treehugger - 6/30/2011.
By Sami Grover – Many folks believe that the answer to saving the bees lies in either breeding for better genetics and/or encouraging nature and evolution to do the same. One program in Canada is setting out to actively breed better, more resilient bees – and it is enlisting the help of its local beekeepers to do so.
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