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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
Bill to legalize, tax marijuana in Maine gains 35 co-sponsors
Bangor Daily News - 3/27/2013.
By Robert Long - A bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana and regulate it like alcohol in Maine has garnered 35 co-sponsors and now heads to a legislative committee hearing.
Fresh garlic is a powerful, though now disease-prone, crop
The Portland Phoenix - 3/27/2013.
By Laura McCandlish - To experience the wonder of garlic, you have to grow it for yourself. It's an easy enough gateway crop the blackest thumb can tackle, even on a stoop in pots. All garlic requires is patience.
NRDC Report: More than 10,000 Pesticides Approved by Flawed EPA Process
Natural Resources Defense Council - 3/27/2013.
A two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council has found that the federal government has potentially threatened the public’s health by improperly using a regulatory loophole to approve many untested or under-tested toxic pesticides.
Not Just the Bees: Bayer's Pesticide May Harm Birds, Too
Mother Jones - 3/27/2013.
By Tom Philpott - Once again this spring, farmers will begin planting at least 140 million acres - a land mass roughly equal to the combined footprints of California and Washington state - with seeds (mainly corn and soy) treated with a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.
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