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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 Farm Days to focus on energy
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Leeds: David and Vicky Barker will open their fifth-generation dairy farm to the public Friday and Saturday for Maine Farm Days. Natural Resource Conservation Service soil conservation technician Paul Carmichael said there will be vendors and a variety of educational activities, including a wagon tour, children's learning center, pesticide credit workshops and speakers. He said Maine Farm Days is a great way for the public to witness agricultural technology and learn about farming.
Food just gets better and better when meat is taken off the menu
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
Op-Ed by William Lee – ... Years ago, mentioning that I was a vegetarian provoked incredulity or argument, even among my hippy and progressive friends. Now, however, I hear things like "I was a vegetarian for a while myself," or "I never eat red meat myself – or hardly ever."
Highmoor Farm celebrates 100
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Monmouth: Farmers clad in plaid and tie-sporting politicians turned out in droves Wednesday to help Highmoor Farm celebrate 100 years of agricultural research. "I'm very pleased and proud of all the work you've been doing and will be doing," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. "You definitely are a proud institution of the state of Maine, and the entire delegation is very proud."
Agriculture and the healthcare debate
Common Dreams - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Franklin – President Obama’s plans to reform the healthcare system in U.S. have taken over the headlines in the past several weeks. Doctors, economists, insurance executives, public health experts—all of them are being afforded the chance add their two cents on how to fix our broken healthcare system. The voices that are strikingly absent, though, are those of the agricultural community.
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