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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
Get out and garden
Kennebec Journal - 4/17/2010.
Op-ed by Theodora Kalikow – It’s spring! The garden is a mess! Time to get out the gloves and knee-pads, put on the old clothes and get out there and clean it all up. Welcome all the new little flowers, smell the grass, listen to the birds, plant the peas and lettuce and spinach, and – the only good thing about global warming so far – get it all done before the black flies show up.
France's food fight
The Boston Globe - 4/17/2010.
By Derrick Z. Jackson – Sebastien Czernichow is a French nutrition researcher cheering on America’s flurry of federal, state, and local laws and initiatives against obesity. What some call the food police, he calls progress. The prevalence of obesity in his nation is leveling off after a decade of government interventions.
Sounding the call for local food
Kennebec Journal - 4/16/2010.
By Daniel Hartill – Lewiston: Russell Libby believes big grocers' ability to fill fruit and produce aisles with almost any food at any time has dulled shoppers' wits and dinner-table variety. Taste buds are dying, he said. "It's all those little nuances," said Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Try Maine apples, for example. "In September, October and early November, a McIntosh is a superb apple," Libby said. "The rest of the year, it's a good apple." The reason? The fruit grows soft even in the best storage conditions, he said. "You have to ask, 'What is right for the right season?'" he said.
Chickens easy, fun to raise, lay lots of eggs, become good stew
Kennebec Journal - 4/16/2010.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Of all the farm animals, chickens are among the easiest to raise, and they are probably the most productive pound for pound. At their peak, each can lay an egg a day. Their manure is essential for our garden, and after two or three years, they get to become part of the best stew or pot pie you’ve ever tasted.
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