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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
Vilsack: Biotech will solve our ag problems
Grist - 4/21/2009.
By Tom Philpott – USDA chief Tom Vilsack has been in Italy at the G8 meeting, talking ag policy with reporters. As the global hunger crisis lingers and climate-change and population fears fester, Vilsack is using the opportunity to push agri-biotech as the solution to the globe’s food needs. ... A few days earlier, Vilsack weighed in on a key debate in global food policy: the need for organized government grain reserves.
Maine farmers speak out against new food safety regulation bills
Maine Campus - 4/20/2009.
By Jeffrey Hake – Several new bills for food safety legislation, recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, have local farmers and small farm supporters disgruntled. The new legislation attempts to establish increased regulations to ensure food safety. People against the bill say legislators are "viewing all agriculture as big agriculture" and that the new laws will adversely affect small farms.
Pesticides linked to Parkinson’s, UCLA researchers find
Chicago Tribune - 4/20/2009.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have provided strong new evidence linking at least some cases of Parkinson's disease to exposure to pesticides.
Not enough fine print in the food safety bill
Mother Jones - 4/20/2009.
By Taylor Wiles – Recently Kiera Butler wrote that the Food Safety Modernization Act 2009, or HR 875, will not mean the end of organic farming if it passes. Well, the bill may not send the feds tromping through your backyard basil patch, but it's certainly worth questioning – along with the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act, or HR 759, also currently in the House. For local farmers whose produce doesn't reach the conventional food industry, how legislators construe 875 could have dire consequences.
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