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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
Maine foresters, farmers express support for merger plan
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By A.J. Higgins – Most farmers in Maine are also foresters. And while not all foresters are farmers, the two sides affected by the merger of the state Departments of Agriculture and Conservation were largely supportive of the plan during the first of several listening sessions at the University of Maine.
Farm Bill provisions could help Maine’s small family farms
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By Jay Field – The farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday includes some provisions that could help small family farms in Maine. Growth of these smaller scale operations has pushed the overall number of farms in the state to more than 8,000. One key part of the nearly $500 billion bill would allow diversified growers, and not just soybean and other commodity farmers, to get insurance for their crops.
Land grabs: a global epidemic
New Economics Foundation - 6/21/2012.
By Fred Pearce – I have spent the past two years investigating the global epidemic of land grabs for a book. Saudi sheikhs, private equity whizz-kids, Indian entrepreneurs and Chinese billionaires all believe, with financier George Soros, that "farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time."
Egg Farmers of America lobby scrambles to defeat henhouse legislation
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2012.
By Dan Eggen – Washington: Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens. The development did not sit well with Amon Baer, an egg farmer and pork producer in Minnesota who says he decided to set up his own Washington lobbying group in response.
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