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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
Make memories with cranberry chutney
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – I like plain homemade cranberry sauce just fine – cranberries and sugar, that’s all. I also like cranberry chutney, and someday when we don’t have our dear friend to spend the holiday with anymore, I might just put cranberry chutney on the table, too. When I do I will use this recipe from two other beloved friends because I can make it ahead, and even can it.
8 steps Obama could take to save food
Alternet - 11/20/2009.
By Robyn O'Brien – The landscape of health has changed. No longer are our families guaranteed a healthy livelihood, not in the face of the current rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers and allergies. In the words of Elizabeth Warren, Harvard University law professor who is head of the Congressional Oversight Panel, "We need a new model," and we need a new food system. It's our health on the line. Here’s eight steps Obama could take to save food.
6 ways agriculture impacts global warming
Treehugger - 11/19/2009.
By Collin Dunn – Sure, agriculture provides us with the food we all eat every day. But do you know how those agricultural practices impact global warming? Turns out there's some pretty big impacts, on both the sustainable and industrial sides of the equation; employing sustainable practices, like organic agriculture, has huge potential to help in the fight against global warming, and maintaining the status quo with widespread industrial agricultural practices will continue to be terribly detrimental for the climate.
Old school could become biodiesel site
Kennebec Journal - 11/19/2009.
By Betty Jespersen – Wilton: A local family with deep roots in the fiddleheads market is interested in expanding into biodiesel fuel production. The family that has owned the W.S. Wells & Son cannery since 1896 is eyeing a town-owned building to expand its operation.
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