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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
Buy-local campaigns taking root
Kennebec Journal - 5/30/2010.
Dani Nisbet has a very simple explanation for why she helped form a “buy local” group in South Portland this year. When she shops at a chain store, she said, a big chunk of her money goes elsewhere. The people who get that money “don’t come back and shop in our community,” Nisbet said. That premise is behind a growing number of groups that advocate buying local in Maine and nationally.
Food industry defends use of salt
The Boston Globe - 5/30/2010.
By Michael Moss – New York: With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food company Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,’’ Alton Brown, a Food Network star, gushes in a Cargill video called Salt 101.
Frost takes toll on apples
Portland Press Herald - 5/29/2010.
By John Richardson – Cumberland: Some Maine apple orchards have lost virtually their entire crops two weeks after being hit by a killer frost. Although many blossoms and early apples appeared to have survived the freeze that began the morning of May 10, they are now wilting and falling to the ground in huge numbers. "I would say 90 percent of our crop is a loss, maybe 95," said Greg Sweetser, whose family owns Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards in Cumberland. "Basically, we're devastated. Wiped out."
Alewives surge in Benton
Kennebec Journal - 5/29/2010.
Benton: Call it an alewife comeback. Earlier this month, a drastically smaller harvest of the fish from the Sebasticook River seemed to point to a short and less successful venture this year for fishermen and the town of Benton. With warmer water temperatures, however, has come a surge in alewives at the Benton Falls Hydro Dam that has led to a modest, if late, boost.
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