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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
Don’t like today’s food monopolies? Blame Robert Bork
Grist - 12/21/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – The recently departed and extremely conservative Judge Robert Bork deserves credit (or, more accurately, blame) for the domination of our food system by a handful of mammoth corporations.
What the fiscal cliff would mean for our cities and food
Grist - 12/21/2012.
By Susie Cagle – Over the last several weeks of fiscal-cliff frenzy, we’ve heard a lot about taxes, taxes, taxes. It’s apocalypse now-ish! With only 10 days left before we go careening off that cliff, President Obama and congressional leaders are trying (so they say!) to stop the crazy train that they set rolling in the first place.
White House stalls critical EPA report highlighting chemical dangers to children
Investigative Reporting Workshop - 12/21/2012.
By Sheila Kaplan – A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report concluding that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems has been sidetracked indefinitely amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry. America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, is a sobering analysis of the way in which pollutants build up in children’s developing bodies and the damage they can inflict.
MRSA found in our milk: Superbug strain can cause serious infections in humans and is resistant to antibiotics
Daily Mail [UK] - 12/21/2012.
By Sean Poulter – Scientists tested 1,500 samples of bulk milk and found seven cases of MRSA ST398 (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from five farms in England, Scotland and Wales. The Soil Association wants the UK government to crack down on antibiotic use on UK farms.
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