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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
Farmers’ market revisited: story touched lots of nerves
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2010.
By Meredith Goad – I knew last week's Soup to Nuts column on the Saturday farmers' market at Deering Oaks would get a reaction, but I was unprepared for the empathetic outpouring from readers who agreed with me.
The Well takes farm-to-table dining back to its roots
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Chef Jason Williams is the culinary force behind The Well, the latest farm-to-table restaurant in southern Maine. But don't look for the eatery in downtown Portland or any of our state's trendy coastal villages. The Well is situated on Jordan's Farm in Cape Elizabeth, on the same patch of earth where most of the restaurant's vegetables are grown.
Midcoast has appetite for good food
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Searsport: On a steamy summer day, Christina Sidoti turned her white Jeep down Christina's Way, a dirt road several miles from the coast. She pulled up to a wooden gate with a sign that said Well Fed Farm, then walked onto about an acre of organic vegetables destined for her Camden restaurant, Paolina's Way.
Service sides with fishermen over rules review
Bangor Daily News - 9/30/2010.
By Jay Lindsay – Boston: The head of the federal fisheries service said Wednesday he's begun a review of how New England fish stocks are managed, months after a regional official called the process "antiquated and ineffective." The review would be done within a year, said Eric Schwaab, head of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
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