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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
USDA official talks agriculture trends during Maine visit
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2012.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Unity: The farmers who have revitalized Maine's local agriculture movement are increasingly likely to be young and female, Kathleen Merrigan, the No. 2 agriculture official in the Obama administration, told a crowd at the Common Ground Country Fair on Sunday.
Kickstarting the farm
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2012.
By Betty Adams – Winthrop: From the backyard of their modern home, Justin and Suzanne Cobb and their 5-year-old son, Lorenzo, step onto a 31-acre farm that has been in the Cobb family for about 200 years. When Justin Cobb was Lorenzo's age, the farm hummed with activity: dairy cows being milked twice a day, crops growing in the fields and produce – including clamored-for corn on the cob – readied to be sold at a farmstand along U.S. Route 202.
Confronting coexistence in the United States: organic agriculture, genetic engineering, and the case of Roundup Ready® alfalfa
Agriculture and Human Values - 9/24/2012.
By Kristina Hubbard and Neva Hassanein – Includes policy recommendations for creating a more robust coexistence policy in the United States, based on EU policy.
Another successful year for Common Ground Country Fai
WABI-TV - 9/23/2012.
By Laura Roberts – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair brought thousands of people to Unity this weekend. The fair began Friday and wrapped up Sunday. Its claim to fame is attracting vendors from right here in Maine that specialize in organic foods and handmade products.
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