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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
Stink bug spread worries growers across nation
Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2011.
By David Dishneau – Emmitsburg, Md.: An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started. The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998.
Diverse scope in agricultural gathering
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2011.
By Michael Shepherd – Windsor: A local businesswoman says the Northeast Livestock Expo will provide her company a chance to pitch its wares to the public. The event, hitting the Windsor Fairgrounds today and running through Sunday afternoon, is in its fourth year bringing local farmers, businesspeople and associations together for firsthand opportunities to interact with the general public.
House Oks bill to scale back Maine pesticide rule
Bangor Daily News - 5/20/2011.
Augusta – The Maine House has voted to repeal the state’s pesticide registry, an online system in which residents can request advance notification of the application of pesticides. By an 81-68 vote Thursday afternoon, representatives passed an amended version of the bill. It now faces further House and Senate votes.
Fracking with our food: how gas drilling affects farming
Grist - 5/20/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – There's a stunning moment in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, where a man touches a match to his running faucet – to have it explode in a ball of fire. This is what hydraulic fracturing, a process of drilling for natural gas known as "fracking," is doing to many drinking water supplies across the country. But the other side of fracking – what it might do to the food eaten by people living hundreds of miles from the nearest gas well – has received little attention.
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