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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
Buzzkill: EPA rejects beekeepers’ pesticide petition
Grist - 7/24/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a petition that beekeepers and environmental groups filed back in March asking EPA to stop sales of clothianidin, a pesticide believed to be harmful to bees. EPA said use of the chemical does not present an “imminent hazard.”
Continuing drought, heat bring fear of global food crisis
Common Dreams - 7/19/2012.
The continuing drought and record heat leaving parched crops in their wake have pushed corn and soy prices to historic highs as farmers and analysts suggest the consequences could be widespread and include spikes in global food prices.
How droughts will reshape the United States
The Washington Post - 7/18/2012.
By Brad Plumer – More than half of the continental United States is currently suffering through the worst drought in 50 years, with heat and a lack of rain rippling through the middle of the country. Crops are wilting, soils are cracked, and some dried-out forests are catching fire. U.S. corn production in particular is dwindling.
Federal chemical safety system needs a complete overhaul
Kennebec Journal - 7/17/2012.
Op-ed by Russell Libby – Eighteen months ago, I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer – kidney and prostate – and I've been in a continuous medical cycle since. Generally, the doctors don't want to talk about the root causes of the diseases. I've eaten a healthy diet for decades, worked outdoors on my farm and kept in reasonably good shape. So what it is that triggered cancer in me, and not in the next person?
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