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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
Maine dairy farmers getting trickle of temporary relief
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: The USDA says it plans to pay Maine dairy farmers 59 cents per hundred-weight for milk produced in September. The additional payments were welcome news to Maine's struggling dairy farmers, but several people in the industry said much larger reforms are needed.
The Mill at Freedom Falls
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2013.
Video: Restoring the mill at Freedom Falls has become a labor of love Tony Grassi of Camden. He bought the run-down building and successfully had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now he is overseeing the restoration and hopes to attract commercial tenants when the work is complete.
Our View: Groundfishing limits are a disaster for this region
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
Editorial - What is happening to the Northeast's groundfishing industry is a natural disaster, just as devastating as a drought or a wildfire. But the federal government is just making it worse.
Biochar Cookstoves Boost Health for People and Crops
National Geographic - 1/29/2013.
By Stacey Schultz - Fumes from traditional open-fire cookstoves kill 3.5 million people a year - more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Biochar cookstoves help counter this problem and create a soil amendment that holds carbon in the soil, improves water-holding capacity and adds nutrients. They also use less wood to cook a given amount of food. One researcher is even drying an invasive plant - water hyacinth - and burning it in biochar cookstoves.
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