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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
Climate change, food security and the G-20
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 6/15/2012.
By Julia Olmstead – From north to south, Mexican farmers are facing some of the most severe climate instability they’ve ever confronted. The northern states are suffering from what the Mexican government has called the worst drought the country has ever experienced; rain just won’t fall, and the crops that have been planted have dried up.
Say it ain’t soil: what’s the true value of organic farmland
Grist - 6/15/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Nick Maravell has been farming organically and cultivating heirloom seeds on a leased 20-acre plot of land in Potomac, Md., for over three decades. When it became clear that Maravell would lose his lease, the surrounding community didn’t take it lightly.
Supercapitalism at work: a selection from the 300+ amendments to the Farm Bill
The Atlantic - 6/15/2012.
By Marion Nestle – enators, 31 of them, have introduced 80 amendments to the Senate version of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 -- the farm bill. Obamafoodorama provides a handy list of the amendments. The Senate is working through them right now.
Climate change could cause ‘zombie weeds’
Grist - 6/14/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – Climate change may be wreaking havoc on ecosystems and food supplies around the world, but there are also some things it’s really great for – like weeds.
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