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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
It's all things maple this Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/23/2011.
This Sunday is when maple sugarhouses around the state are open to the public. The annual event is a showcase for the state’s maple syrup industry, with farms and sugarhouses hosting pancake breakfasts, syrup-making demonstrations, tours, wagon rides and other activities. Often, the demonstrations and tours are free, but pancakes, syrup and other items may be sold.
March Maple Madness: From tree to table, syrup is a versatile ingredient
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2011.
by Emily Burnham. Mainers don’t know how lucky they are when it comes to maple syrup. In other parts of the country, a tiny pint of the sweet, golden liquid costs a pretty penny. But in New England, maple syrup is plentiful and nowhere near as expensive.
A Conversation With Wes Jackson, President of the Land Institute
The Atlantic - 3/23/2011.
Even when he's lecturing you over the phone about the effect of the hydrological cycle on soybean yields in Brazil's Amazon Basin, Wes Jackson sounds like a cowboy storyteller with a slight drawl. His campfire tales, however, are historically minded and deeply academic: he can take you from Brazil back to his native Kansas with the deft phrase, "Let's go back to the Bronze Age for a minute."
Maine chef gets a serving of national attention
Portland Press Herald - 3/22/2011.
by Meredith Goad. Krista Kern Desjarlais didn’t have much time to celebrate her nomination for a James Beard Award Monday afternoon because she was driving to Boothbay in a snowstorm to – what else? – cook for a roomful of people.
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