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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
Worms and beetles hit some blueberry fields
Kennebec Journal - 6/20/2010.
Associated Press – Machias: Wild blueberry growers are checking their crops following the discovery of span worms and flea beetles in some fields in eastern Maine.
Organic farms win at potato pest control
Nature News - 6/20/2010.
By Daniel Cressey – A study suggesting that organic agriculture gives better pest control and larger plants than conventional farming is sure to reignite longstanding debates about the merits of organic versus conventional agriculture. It also highlights an often-neglected aspect of biodiversity.
Maine food producers eye markets in China
Bangor Daily News - 6/19/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Ellsworth: They may not opt to put “sold in China” next to “made in Maine” on their labels, but a handful of Maine food producers are hoping a group of visiting businessmen from that Asian country will help them realize their goal of exporting to Asia.
Peony paradise: Down East cultivator’s crop, business blooms despite unusual weather
Bangor Daily News - 6/19/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Robbinston: As visitors arrive at Beauty of the Earth Farm on the Down East coast, its remoteness and its charm are quickly evident. They are greeted by a tall, cedar shingled barn with a large cupola and white wood trim on a neat cape with a red front door. The second impression that surrounds and envelops visitors is the scent – the unforgettable, dizzying perfume of thousands of peonies.
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