"The history of every Nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil."
- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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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
Count on farmers’ market for fresh, tasty ingredients
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – I love nothing better than shopping for, cooking and eating a meal collected exclusively from the farmers' market.
Veteran plant-eater happily endorses veggie chic
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – My mother blames my eating habits on my organic-farm-girl childhood and, in particular, a pet pig who made an appearance on the dinner table as a pork chop. Others cite my short stint as a Burger King cashier. Personally, I trace my dietary preferences to a speech about animal testing and cosmetics I delivered during my sophomore year of high school. Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: These days, I do my best to keep animal products off my plate.
A pleasant surprise
Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2009.
By Jessica Bloch – Cafe Sorpreso is exactly what its name suggests. It’s a surprise and a pleasant one, from its downtown Presque Isle location to its ever-changing menu filled with fresh produce, made-from-scratch bread and homemade desserts to its accommodating owner-chefs.
Death by doughnut
Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2009.
Editorial – When it comes to food and its effect on health, what do people know and how do they know it? Surely everyone knows that fried, fatty foods and drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup can lead to diabetes, heart disease and weight gain, which in turn can depress physical activity, which in turn can lead to other debilitating conditions. Or do they?
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