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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
As important as the food in “local food”
The Atlantic - 8/18/2010.
By Corby Kummer – In a piece today about neighborhood restaurants, Lane Wallace eloquently states something I think we're all looking for while trying to reduce our carbon footprint, eat organically and healthfully and respectfully to the planet and human and animal rights, and on and on. It's the sense that someone knows us and we're part of a community.
New way to pay for fresh food: by Rx
The Atlantic - 8/16/2010.
By Corby Kummer – The Wholesome Wave initiative doubles the face value of food stamps when used at farmers' markets. The Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program encourages doctors at three health clinics in Massachusetts to write "prescriptions" for fresh fruit and vegetables from farmers' markets that are worth $1 a day per member of enrolled families.
Teens carry 30% more BPA than rest of population
The Globe and Mail [Canada] - 8/16/2010.
By Martin Mittelstaedt – Teenagers may carry the highest levels of bisphenol A - about 30 per cent more than the rest of the population, according to the first national survey about the compound conducted by Statistics Canada, but exposure to the estrogen-mimicking chemical is widespread, with detectable levels in 91 per cent of Canadians.
Bayer pesticide [Aldicarb] phased out for 'unacceptable' risks
The Charleston Gazette - 8/16/2010.
By Ken Ward Jr. – Charlestown, W.Va.: A pesticide that is a major product of Bayer CropScience's Institute plant will be phased out because it "may pose unacceptable dietary risks, especially to infants and young children," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Tuesday.
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