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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
Meet Jenn Legnini, a farmer-chef who opened a cafe at the Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market in Topsham
Portland Press Herald - 11/15/2015.
By Mary Pols - Jenn Legnini has a newish farm and a very new restaurant, but neither quite fit traditional definitions. Turtle Rock, her farm/”craft cannery” in Brunswick, comprises just one-third of an acre for vegetables, although her commercially licensed kitchen is filled with both percolating pots and ideas for value-added products. Her restaurant is a cafe at the Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market, which opened this month, making the Topsham market the first in the state to have its own cafe (or so Leigh Hallett, executive director of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets believes).
Kids' Drug-Resistant Bacteria Blamed on Farm Antibiotic Use
Live Science - 11/15/2015.
By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe - Children's health is suffering due to the excessive use of antibiotics in farm animals, according to a new report.
It's Final: FDA Issues Long-Awaited Food Safety Rules
National Public Radio - 11/15/2015.
By Dan Charles, The Salt - Five years ago, Congress promised an overhaul of the nation's food safety system, passing the Food Safety Modernization Act. It took much longer than expected, but the Food and Drug Administration has now released the centerpiece – or at least, the most contested – part of that overhaul. These are rules that cover farmers who grow fresh produce, as well as food importers.
Central Maine Business Briefs
Kennebec Journal - 11/14/2015.
Maine Grains tours New York City
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