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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
USDA releases new nutritional guidelines for school meals
Grist - 1/17/2011.
By Ed Bruske – Do all children deserve the chance to eat real food at school? Or is processed junk food good enough for those whose parents can’t afford to pack their lunch? That’s the central question in the school-food debate.
Organic milk is better for you, say scientists
The Independent - 1/15/2011.
By Martin Hickman – Britain's beleaguered organic sector receives a boost today with a study that suggests organic milk is healthier than the ordinary variety. The European Union-funded study analysed 22 brands sold in supermarkets and found that organic milk had lower levels of harmful saturated fats and more beneficial fatty acids than conventional milk.
Organic farming in Maine
WAGM-TV8 - 1/14/2011.
Organic farming has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Randi Nissenbaum spoke with a local organic farmer about what makes a product organic and why he believes that organic farming is catching on in Maine.
Want to feed the world? Technology isn’t a silver bullet
The Atlantic - 1/14/2011.
By Samuel Fromartz – Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Zambia for a project for Worldwatch. "State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet," released Wednesday, focuses on many projects that were highly effective in both feeding people and raising incomes in Africa.
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