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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
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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
A new climate change index
Science Daily - 12/9/2009.
Some people still question whether Earth's climate is changing as rapidly and profoundly as the majority of climate scientists suggest. But, what if the complexity of the Earth's climate were distilled down to one number, in the same way that the Dow Jones Index condenses volumes of data into a single figure? What, then, would be the general trend?
Can delicious crepes create a buckwheat revival?
Grist - 12/9/2009.
By April McGreger – My love for buckwheat first blossomed in the Soba-ya shops of Japan. Years later, that love was rekindled on the sidewalks of Paris eating Galletes de Sarrasin, or Breton-style savory buckwheat crepes, washed down with hard apple cider in stoneware cups.
Climate Change and MOFGA
MOFGA Announcements - 12/7/2009.
What Do Climate Change, Cap & Trade, and Copenhagen Have To Do With Organic Farming? Although MOFGA doesn't have a specific program dedicated to Climate Change, earlier this year, our Board of Directors adopted a position statement on this critical issue facing all of us. With the world's attention focused on the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the complex and controversial cap and trade system, we thought MOFGA constituents would appreciate seeing this new video, The Story of Cap and Trade, by Annie Leonard, who brought us The Story of Stuff last year. Kate Newkirk has volunteered to represent MOFGA in state coalition discussions on climate change in Maine. She provides some perspective on this video.
Legislator: Report on dairy subsidies silences debate
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – A state senator is accusing the state Department of Agriculture of trying to "squelch" debate on the controversial topic of dairy subsidies. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, who runs a small dairy farm, said the department did not accurately depict the conclusions of the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Maine in a report posted online. Further, Nutting alleges the department did not post a separate report supported by five of the 20 members because it disagreed with the majority.
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