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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
How to Feed the World by 2050: Biotech Isn't the Answer
The Atlantic - 3/21/2011.
We don't need to grow more food. Instead, we need to know the world's future population - and what these people will be eating.
Our View: Legislature should tweak, not gut, chemical law
Portland Press Herald - 3/20/2011.
Editorial: A political environment created by Gov. LePage is as toxic as some regulated substances.
Maine farmers lobby for white potato
Kennebec Journal - 3/20/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind <jriskind@mainetoday.com>. MaineToday Media, Washington Bureau Chief. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ignoring the Maine white potato's nutritional qualities, says U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is helping lead a lobbying effort to preserve the good name and federal standing of a vegetable that proponents say is much more than just another starch.
Towns exempt small farms from limits on selling food
Associated Press - 3/19/2011.
At town meetings this month, residents in the Hancock County towns of Sedgwick and Penobscot passed ordinances that supporters say will help small-scale farming and food processing operations. A state legislator is proposing a law that would give similar exemptions.
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