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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
Mexico goes back to the land
The Guardian [UK] - 2/14/2011.
By Gustavo Esteva – This is grim news: food prices are reaching record levels worldwide. The thousands of farmers who have killed themselves over the past decade seem to have no precedent. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation's director, the goal to reduce the number of hungry people by half will only be achieved in 2050.
Kid-Safe law under attack
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2011.
By Hannah Pingree – In the spring of 2009, The Washington Post uncovered details of a brainstorming meeting of “industry insiders” at a Washington, D.C., club about how to best tamp down public concern over the chemical bisphenol-A, known as BPA. The insiders were particularly concerned about mothers, who were becoming more and more aware of the dangers of BPA.
Looking for a new blueberry? Think pink
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been putting together our orders for spring planting this year. Some of the items we are trying are just for curiosity. One of the big curiosity plants is "Pink Lemonade" blueberry, which showed up for the first time in a number of catalogs.
Animal welfare debate fires up in Germany
Treehugger - 2/13/2011.
By Christine Lepisto – The question of animal welfare shot straight into consumer awareness with the recent dioxin-contaminated egg scandal in Germany. Now, Germany's Agricultural Minister, Ilse Aigner, has proposed no less than an end to practices such as caging of laying chickens, branding of horses and cattle, and castration of piglets without anesthesia.
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