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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
Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?
Grist - 3/26/2012.

Will the Tea Party GOP take farm policy back to 1949 by refusing to pass a farm bill before September?

Do Children Harvest Your Food?
The Atlantic - 3/26/2012.
By Helene York – Americans pay a fantastically low percentage of our income on food – less than in any other developed country. The Harvest, U Roberto Romano's poignant film, forces us to think about where our food is coming from. Today, nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest 25 percent of our crops.
Here's what we know – and what we'll never know [about salmonella tainted ground beef sold at Hannaford]
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Leslie Bridgers. Late last year, salmonella from tainted ground beef sickened at least 20 people – and maybe hundreds more. How did it happen?

USDA knew of risks, yet imposed no rules
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Jonathan Riskind. The federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's beef supply has known for 14 years that retailers' poor record keeping jeopardizes public health, but it failed to require better standards.

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