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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
Ogunquit ‘best chef’ nominees hope seventh selection brings just desserts
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated Monday for the "Best Chef: Northeast" award from the James Beard Foundation. It's the chefs' seventh nomination, but they have never won. They were the only Maine chefs to be nominated for the honor this year, although there were three other semifinalists from the state. The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious in the restaurant industry and are often compared to the Academy Awards.
Sugarshack owners who used vacuums faring better
Kennebec Journal - 3/24/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Whitefield: Mark Fenderson tore down his sugar shack early this year.With help from some friends, he cleaned and packed up his sugarhouse on Hilton Road this past weekend after making syrup for only seven days. "It was a pretty short season," Fenderson said. That isn't the case for all sugarhouses around the state. Many will open their doors to the public Sunday for the annual Maine Maple Sunday promotion.
Organic farmers push for pesticide notification
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Maine farmers are divided over a legislative proposal to change a new system for notifying residents of pesticide spraying near their homes. The pesticide notification law, passed unanimously last year in the Senate and the House, created a statewide registry so residents who live within a quarter-mile of any farm or other spraying site can sign up to be notified before spraying is done.
Greenville chef creates quality ‘eclectic American fare’
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Abby Freethy, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a Greenville Junction resident, was faced with a quandary regarding ketchup. While she was pregnant with her son, Dustin, she longed for the salty-sweet sauce – but she couldn’t abide the corn syrup and large amounts of sodium in most commercial brands.
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