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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
Restauranteurs, chefs, farmers make connections at meet and greet event
Bangor Daily News - 4/20/2011.
By Dawn Gagnon – Bangor: Ever wonder where the salad greens, baked potatoes, mussels or rib-eye steak on your plate came from? In Maine and across the nation, a growing number of consumers are seeking locally grown and raised food, which keeps money in the local economy, helps farmers by expanding their markets, and benefits restaurants and their customers by providing access to food that oftentimes tastes better and is safer.
Farming in the time of climate catastrophe
The Atlantic - 4/18/2011.
By Gary Paul Nabhan – It is spring, and I am kneeling with a few friends in front of the composted soil of the hillside terraces in my orchard-garden in the desert borderlands of Arizona. It is planting day, and as we place each variety of pepper plant into the moistened earth, we say its name aloud, as if reciting a prayer in the face of uncertainty: Chiltepin, Chile del Arbol, Tabasco, Jimmy Nardello, Datil, Beaver Dam, Yellow Hot Banana, Chimayó, Sweet Chocolate, and Sheepsnose.
Knowledge that grows on fields: bottom-up approaches for agricultural research
HumJournal - 4/18/2011.
By Urs Riggenbach – Knowledge stands at the beginning of everything purposefully created. It takes knowledge to build farms and machines, to build firearms, or to steward the land. Having knowledge often means having power. Inequalities in access to knowledge often lead to power-inequalities.
Princeton farmers establish market, try to save historic Grange
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Princeton: A group of farmers, businesspeople and advocates have been working all winter to establish a local farmers market while saving a historic Grange Hall. It was fitting, then, that they gathered Sunday at the Grange Hall, which was built in 1887, to refine their plans.
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