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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
Money doesn’t grow on trees and trees don’t grow on money
The Contrary Farmer - 5/23/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – I was so gratified to see Wendell Berry’s remarks in a recent interview where he makes a point about economics that is overlooked in these days when divisiveness rules the political roost. The general view is that the economic battle is between capitalism and socialism, but as Wendell observes, “both are industrial systems and they have made the same mistakes in some ways.”
Eco-warriors, arise
The Asian Age - 5/23/2012.
By Vandana Shiva – In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Rio+20.
Learn how to save seeds at Seed School & Seed Camp
Portland Press Herald - 5/22/2012.
Avery Yale Kamila – By this point most gardeners have something sprouting in the vegetable patch and an army of seedlings waiting for their day in the sun. Even though the season is just beginning, it's time to start thinking about next year's garden and the seeds that will make it possible.
Drinking milk from happy cows ensures great-grandpa’s legacy
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2012.
Op-ed by Liz Soares – My maternal great-grandparents lived in Tiverton, R.I., near the mill city of Fall River, Mass., a neighborhood of working-class homes packed closely together. The 1910 census shows that my grandfather and two great-uncles (also living in the house) were employed at the cotton mill a mile or so away. But, strangely, my great-grandfather was listed as a milkman. When I asked my mother to explain, she said, "He had a cow. He sold the milk."
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