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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
Just in time for winter-weary Mainers: the 2010 Portland Flower Show
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/7/2010.
Spring arrives in southern Maine this week – or at least an inkling of it. The Portland Flower Show opens at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. with a preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The show runs through March 14. This year’s theme is “Gardens Gone Wild,” which will give the creators of the 18 display gardens at the show a chance to show off their imagination – and their skills.
Connecting chemicals and obesity
Sun Journal - 3/7/2010.
Op-Ed by Sharon Tisher. I would agree with Michelle Obama that the problem of childhood obesity is solvable, and that we should address it on many fronts. One part of the solution, however, is so elusive that it is just reaching the radar screen of public health experts.
Panel clears modified corn
Kennebec Journal - 3/6/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Fairfield: The state Board of Pesticides Control agreed Friday to add a new Bt corn product to the list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine. Maine now allows 19 Bt products to be planted in fields now that Monsanto, a multinational biotech company, won its bid to register its new Bacillus thuringiensis corn here. Chuck Ravis, professor of environmental science and ecology at Thomas College, was the sole member of the board who voted against the genetically engineered seed.
Farmers: ‘Be patient’, don’t plant yet
Bangor Daily News - 3/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Got spring fever? With plenty of sun on the way and temperatures near 50 predicted for this weekend, farmers are warning backyard gardeners to rein in their enthusiasm and hold off before planting seeds. “Wait,” advised Lois Labbe of Snakeroot Farm in Pittsfield.
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