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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
Garish, chancy, new … bring it on, Avent says
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/19/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Opinionated people expand your horizons. You don't have to agree with their opinions, but you at least have to think about what they say, and sometimes that will open your horizons. Tony Avent, founder and owner of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, loves bright and gaudy plants, loves to push the hardiness zones – the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture revision backs him up on that – and likes to bring new plants to the market.
Tree hay-the answer to farming’s prayers?
Farming Online (UK) - 2/18/2012.
Conventional farming around the world is facing a crisis. The consolidation of power in the hands of a few transnational companies, reliance on finite chemical inputs and fragility in the face of climate change have led to calls for an end to “business as usual” and an increase in innovative environmental practices.
The Ooooby local economic model
Fleeing Vesuvius - 2/18/2012.
By Pete Russell – Ooooby began in December 2008 on Waiheke Island, Auckland, as an online social network of food gardeners. An evolving project, it now also facilitates the distribution of locally grown food. Each month an Oooobyversity evening is hosted to share knowledge about food-growing and ways to enhance local production.
Grange project may be boon for area farmers
Kennebec Journal - 2/18/2012.
By David Robinson – Farmington: Peter Beane has a great idea for selling salad dressing, vegetarian soy burgers and other popular health food treats made from tofu. Like so many other aspiring food entrepreneurs, however, he has never been able to turn his great idea into a successful business. Beane, 57, has money to invest in the new venture but can't afford the thousands of dollars it takes to build a commercial kitchen. That's where the Farmington Grange Hall comes in.
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