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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
Sap ‘pouring in’ for producers, but harvest outcome uncertain
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: This winter’s unusual lack of snow and mild temperatures both day and night is having an extreme effect on Maine’s maple syrup industry. Traditionally, central Mainers begin tapping maple trees between March 7 and 10. The average start date across the state is March 20. But this year trees are already tapped in some places and syrup makers are boiling sap, while in other areas, daytime temperatures are still too low for the sap to run.
Boiling it up a-sap
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – No, it's not just you. It is unusually warm outside. The maple trees sense it, too, and that means their sap is running abnormally early. Warmer-than-normal days and cold nights are combining to create ideal conditions to get maple syrup season off to one of its earliest starts ever, said Keith Harris of Harris Farm in Dayton. Harris figures his trees' sap production and his syrup output are running a week to 10 days ahead of normal.
Treat Maine shrimp with TLC
Portland Press Herald - 2/24/2010.
By Anne Mahle – Because Maine shrimp are more tender than the gargantuan Southeast Asian shrimp raised on farms, they require a more delicate hand. Only 60 to 90 seconds is all it usually takes to cook a small batch of this sweet, unadulterated, wild-caught protein.
Get your hands dirty
Resurgence - 2/24/2010.
By Sandor Katz – Some futurists have imagined that the food of the future will be utilitarian little pills we can pop into our mouths to meet all our nutritional need. No fuss. No work. No decisions to make. No dirty dishes to wash. This is a fantasy of completely de-contextualised food.
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