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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
The dying art of making ash wood baskets
Bangor Daily News - 1/19/2012.
By Kathryn Olmstead – When Roldena Sanipass was a girl she watched her mother weave strips of brown ash into traditional Micmac baskets. She could be seen in the background, pounding ash or cleaning splints while her mother, well-known basket maker Mary Sanipass, demonstrated her craft, but she didn’t have the confidence to weave one herself until she was 20.
A chef and an architect farm organically in Maine
The Boston Globe - 1/18/2012.
By John Golden – Bowdoinham: The 8-acre Fishbowl Farm here overlooks the banks of picturesque Merrymeeting Bay, with farmland that has some of the richest, most nutrient-packed soil in Maine. Owners Gallit and Chris Cavendish have been farming for less than a decade. She came from a promising career as a professional chef. He left architecture.
Scientists estimate up to 6.7 million bats dead from disease
Treehugger - 1/18/2012.
By David DeFranza – As many as 1 million bats, it was believed, had been killed by white nose syndrome – a mysterious fungus that attacks hibernating bats. However, this estimate, based on data collected in 2009, has proven to be dramatically lower than reality. According to a new study, as many as 6.7 million bats in North America have died due to the white nose outbreak.
Resolving the food crisis: assessing global policy reforms since 2007
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 1/18/2012.
By Sophia Murphy – The recent spikes in global food-prices in 2007-08 served as a wake-up call to the global community on the inadequacies of our global food system. Commodity prices doubled, the estimated number of hungry people topped one billion and food riots spread through the developing world. A second price spike in 2010-11, which is expected to drive the global food import bill for 2011 to an astonishing $1.3 trillion, only deepened the sense that the policies and principles guiding agricultural development and food security were deeply flawed.
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