"The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass."
- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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
Fishermen cope with cod scenario
Portland Press Herald - 12/10/2011.
By Jay Lindsay (AP) – Portsmouth, N.H.: Fishermen trying to survive an unexpectedly dire assessment of the health of cod in the Gulf of Maine gathered in New Hampshire on Friday with scientists and rulemakers to seek ways to head off a looming crisis.
Planning what to grow in your first vegetable garden
Bangor Daily News - 12/10/2011.
By Reeser Manley – I sit in front of the wood stove on many snowy January evenings and browse the seed catalogs that come in the mail that time of year — Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Comstock Garden Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and so many others — and I want to grow ten times as many vegetable varieties as I have the garden space to plant. But I know better.
Word-Of-Mouth Works
Lancaster Farming - 12/9/2011.
Determined Employee Brings Local Produce to Maine Commissary.
Let’s redo lunch!
Portland Press Herald - 12/9/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Windham: School lunch often gets a bad rap, but at Windham Primary School on Thursday, 650 students queued up in the cafeteria to buy the day's hot lunch, 150 more than on an average day. The lunch rush was the result of a guest chef program that brought in Erin Dow, a Maine chef who is part of first lady Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to Schools program.
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