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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
Food history you thought you knew
Island Advantage - 7/26/2012.
By Alice Wilkinson – Sandy Oliver is a real historian, but before you let that skew your idea of what she’s like, you need to see her in person. An audience of about 40 spent as much time laughing as listening, and almost as much time adding facts and memories about food to what Oliver said.
Local food systems touted at Maine conference
Portland Press Herald - 7/26/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: When the granite industry left the small, rural town of Hardwick, Vt., during the last century, residents in the ensuing years were forced to leave town to find work. Then along came a group of farmers who relied on the land, on one another and on the promise of prosperity and good health from good food.
US drought rapidly intensifying
Kennebec Journal - 7/26/2012.
By Jim Suhr (AP) – St. Louis: The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating, a new report warned Thursday, as state officials urged conservation and more ranchers considered selling cattle.
Senate panel debates living spaces for egg-layers
Bangor Daily News - 7/26/2012.
By Jim Abrams (AP) – Washington: The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.
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