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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
‘Cheap food’ can turn out eventually to cost a lot
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Re: the line in N.L. English's review of Norm's Bar and Grill (Dec. 7) that said, "What does it matter if a lot of it came out of a can ... when it tastes good and it's cheap?" Actually, there are hidden costs of "cheap" food.
Maine Observer: Unseen guests bring food to Christmas dinner
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Recently, a new friend asked me, "How many people will join you for Christmas dinner? After a brief pause, I responded, Just the family. We seldom have guests at these occasions. "But from your comments about Thanksgiving, I thought you would be having a large crowd."
From cubicle nerd to cucumber vendor: learning small scale farming in mid-life
The Oil Drum - 12/20/2008.
Guest post from Jim Dunlap (Wyoming) about his experience as a new farmer in Virginia.
SBA’s pick’s ‘analytical mind’ praised
Portland Press Herald - 12/20/2008.
President-elect Barack Obama on Friday officially named a Maine venture capitalist to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. Karen G. Mills of Brunswick is a founding partner of the New York-based equity firm Solera Capital. She chairs Maine Gov. John Baldacci's Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. In 2006, she led the successful referendum campaign for a $50 million research and development bond. 
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