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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
Farm pesticides linked to deadly skin cancer
Environmental Health News - 3/31/2010.
By Gordon Shetler – Workers who apply certain pesticides to farm fields are twice as likely to contract melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new scientific study. The researchers identified six pesticides that, with repeated exposure, doubled the risk of skin cancer among farmers and other workers who applied them to crops.
Syrup industry optimistic on yield
Bangor Daily News - 3/30/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Bangor: Maple syrup producers in Maine are holding out hope for a strong year, despite reports in some areas that the season has been lackluster at best.
The best easy growing projects
The Guardian [UK] - 3/30/2010.
Aspiring gardeners need to start early. Here is a selection of great seasonal ideas for budding green fingers. Example: Broad Beans. When to sow: March. One to whet their appetite for growing things. Rinse a clean jam jar, leaving it wet inside. Put in a folded piece of kitchen roll and press it up against the glass. Put a broad bean seed between the kitchen roll and the glass and leave on the windowsill …
The toxic timebomb: researchers say gender-bending chemicals are rife but are they just the tip of the iceberg?
Daily Mail [UK] - 3/30/2010.
By Jane Symons – Autism: Organophosphates are found in many agricultural pesticides and increase the risk of autism. A study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry identified three gene variants which make some people more susceptible to neural damage caused by organophosphates; exposure to residues could be contributing to the increase in autism, said the researchers.
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