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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
Beyond pumpkin pie: 10 recipes
The Atlantic - 11/11/2010.
Halloween is past, but its orange symbol is not forgotten in the kitchen. From an exotic Greek pumpkin pie to ravioli and risotto, our collection offers dishes both sweet and savory.
Taste the difference: How our genes, gender and even hormones affect the way we eat
The Independent - 11/11/2010.
By Kate Hilpern – Try it, it's delicious!" I often urge my children, bossily. And although I don't say it out loud, I feel equally baffled when adults are really faddy eaters or don't share my adoration of a particularly tasty morsel. It turns out I'm not a food fascist but contrary to popular belief, there is no one version of delicious.
Revolution at a snail’s pace: how the Slow Food movement is tackling our biggest food problems
Alternet - 11/11/2010.
By Ari LeVaux – At the Slow Food organization's biennial convention in Turin, Italy last weekend, I joined food lovers from around the world as they perused a vast indoor market stocked with some of the tastiest morsels to be coaxed from the land anywhere. Samples were flowing in the great hall, dubbed the Salone del Gusto (Salon of Taste).
Scott’s mutant grass continues to escape
SafeLawns.org - 11/11/2010.
By Paul Tukey - Jim Hagedorn, the CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, has admitted publicly on several occasions that the current system of lawn care is unsustainable. We’re applying too many fertilizers, made from fossil fuels, and too much water, an ever-precious resource. He and I actually agree on that point – even if we don’t agree on whether or not the weed and insect killers he sells are dangerous.
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