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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
The plant skyscrapers: Giant greenhouses in city centres to herald a new age of farming
Daily Mail [UK] - 12/31/2012.
By Sean Poulter - Birds Eye and other food producers are investigating growing crops in “plantscrapers.” The ‘vertical farms’ would use an innovative feeding system which nourishes plants with enriched water, therefore cancelling out the need for soil - and the need for food to be grown and harvested in the countryside.
Local groups among those who sue EPA over rules on pesticide emissions
Ventura County Star - 12/31/2012.
By Cheri Carlson - A suit has been filed in federal court on behalf of groups that allege that new rules on pesticide emissions violate the Clean Air Act, which requires that the state’s pesticide regulatory program does not discriminate on the basis of race. The organizations say air pollution from pesticides disproportionately affects Latino children.
Sauerkraut an old new-year tradition, and new twist for old Maine farms
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 12/31/2012.
By Ben McCanna - About fermented foods made by the Frost Family of Thirty-Acre Farm in Whitefield and Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoboro. The production of sauerkraut and other fermented foods is a growing trend among farmers in Maine, according to agriculture experts.
From today, packaged food will have ‘GM’ label
The Hindu - 12/31/2012.
Starting Tuesday, consumers will know whether the packaged foods they are buying contains any genetically modified (GM) organism, even as the food processing industry wants more clarity. A Gazette Notification issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution mandates packaged food producers to disclose GM ingredients, if used any, in their product.
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