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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
Mild winter could lead to huge honeybee die-off come fall
Kennebec Journal - 4/30/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Beekeepers need to be especially careful this year. A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when beekeepers were caught off guard from an explosion of mite populations that killed off many honeybee colonies, according to a state expert.
‘We have no food policy’
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/29/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Farmington: Maine not only needs to produce more local food, the state also needs to establish a food system that processes, packages and ships the food, says Professor Mark Lapping, executive director of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.
A fresh approach to the fiddlehead
Kennebec Journal - 4/29/2012.
By David F. Robinson – Wilton: An army of fiddlehead pickers has spread across central Maine early each morning for the past few weeks. They scour streams and riverbanks and fill onion sacks with the tiny curlicue ferns, named for their resemblance to a fiddle's head.
She vows to protect a farm and its way of life
Kennebec Journal - 4/28/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Mary Perry wants to ensure that the 1870 farm she has been living on for 11 years with her three children remains farmland forever. So Perry is attempting to protect Winterberry Farm with the help of the Maine Farmland Trust through its new Forever Farm Program, which promotes agricultural easements to prevent subdivision and non-farm development.
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