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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
Leaders look to retain rural character
Kennebec Journal - 7/12/2010.
China, Maine: The leaders assembled Thursday in the Town Office to plan an effort to preserve the former French farm on Vassalboro Road as agricultural land. Now, they need more followers. The idea is to help preserve China's rural character – a goal frequently mentioned during comprehensive planning discussions – and slow the rate of property tax increases.
Genetically modified salmon may be declared "safe” for human consumption
Treehugger - 7/12/2010.
By John Laumer – This proposed commercial genetic trick – inserting the genes of a "pout fish" (as pictured) into Atlantic Salmon genes – has nothing to do with improved taste or texture or color or nutrition we'd appreciate as salmon-eating consumers. It's being done so farm-raised Atlantic salmon will eat year round, gaining weight through what would naturally have been the spawning season.
Support students headed for the farm
Bangor Daily News - 7/12/2010.
Op-ed by Emily Horton – Recently, I attended the premiere of the documentary, “Meet Your Farmer” at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The film told the story of eight farms in Maine and gave testament to the commitment and the possibilities the future of the industry holds. One common theme throughout the night was how young farmers hold the key to the next generation of the agriculture and farming industry in Maine.
A humane egg
The New York Times - 7/11/2010.
Editorial – In California last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring that all whole eggs sold in the state conform to the provisions of Proposition 2, the humane farming law that was embraced by state voters in a landslide in 2008.
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