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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
Mother Nature’s employee of the month
Bangor Daily News - 4/27/2010.
A bee pollinates the blossom of a Sargent cherry tree in the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden on the University of Maine campus Saturday in Orono. The 7-acre facility is home to more than 2,500 plants and is open to the public from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.
Organic, small farmers fret over FDA regulation
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/27/2010.
By Carolyn Lochhead – Washington: Small farmers in California who have led a national movement away from industrial agriculture face a looming crackdown on food safety that they say is geared to big corporate farms and will make it harder for them to survive.
Monsanto’s GM crops go to US high court
Common Dreams - 4/26/2010.
By Matthew Berger – Washington: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in its first-ever case involving genetically modified crops. The decision in this case may have a significant impact on both the future of genetically modified foods and government oversight of that and other environmental issues.
Farmer gives homeless chance to work
Kennebec Journal - 4/26/2010.
By Erin Rhoda – Madison: Gary Davis stood in the middle of a corral at Albertson's Quarter Horse Farm, the long reins in his hands connected to the horse's halter. The horse responded to his voice commands to walk or trot or stop. When Davis finished learning for the first time how to "ground drive" and stepped out of the gate, he was smiling. No one would know that Davis, 24, is currently homeless – that as a Marine he completed two tours in Iraq and now can't find a job.
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