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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
Genetically engineered salmon unlikely to appear in Maine markets
Portland Press Herald - 11/19/2015.
By Kevin Miller - Federal regulators declared genetically engineered salmon safe to eat Thursday, but consumers in Maine shouldn’t expect to see the controversial product in the supermarket seafood section any time soon, if ever.
Farm Confessional: Here’s My Beef with Farmers Who Claim Organic When They Are Not
Modern Farmer - 11/18/2015.
By Brian Barth - Brian Bruno of Apple Ridge Farm produces vegetables, poultry products, pork, and hydroponic lettuce, and operates a wood-fired bakery, all on his 7.2 acre homestead in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown, an alternative to USDA Organic certification that relies on farmers to certify their peers, rather than a third-party certification agency. Bruno recently attempted to become certified organic, but found that the rules and record-keeping requirements were at odds with his business model.
Pesticides stop bumblebees from pollinating apple trees, research shows
The Guardian [UK] - 11/18/2015.
By Damian Carrington - The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bumblebees to pollinate apple trees, scientists have discovered. The finding has important implications for agriculture and the natural world, say the researchers, as many food crops and wildflowers rely on bee pollination to reproduce.
New Finding Says Glyphosate (Roundup) not Carcinogenic? Not so Fast
Beyond Pesticides - 11/18/2015.
Last week, the European Union’s (EU) European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) announced its determination that the popular herbicide glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.” This is in direct contrast with findings released earlier this year by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classified glyphosate a ‘probable carcinogen.’ However, these seemingly conflicting conclusions from these premier scientific agencies are put into perspective by knowing that EFSA’s report is limited in that it reviewed glyphosate alone, unlike IARC which reviewed glyphosate and its formulated products (Monsanto’s Roundup) which are more relevant for evaluating risks to human health.
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