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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
USDA Continues Efforts to Inform Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers of Process for Resolving Discrimination Claims
USDA - 7/27/2011.
As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, a series of outreach meetings is being held throughout the country with farmers and ranchers to discuss the process that has been put in place to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.
Eating local a time-honored tradition on North Haven
Bangor Daily News - 7/26/2011.
By Emily Burnham – Eating local may be the trendy, righteous thing to do, but on the island of North Haven, it’s much more than a virtue — it’s a necessity. When a trip to a large grocery store on the mainland requires a 2½ -hour round-trip journey, it behooves you to grow your own food. And the food that is harvested, prepared and sold on the island is as fresh, organic and delicious as it comes.
Milbridge beef farm hosts visitors for Maine Open Farm Day
Bangor Daily News - 7/25/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Milbridge: Standing on the observation deck of his seven-story hunting camp which looks sort of like a water tower, beef farmer George Rippere can look over his entire 250-acre farm in Milbridge.
Back to land for Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/25/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Kenya Whitehead watered vegetables while her 5-year-old sister showed visitors around their family farm in Belgrade on Open Farm Day. More than 100 farms in 16 counties opened their barn doors to the public on Sunday for Maine's 22nd annual Open Farm Day, sponsored by the state Department of Agriculture.
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