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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
Wild mushroom program designed to protect the public
Kennebec Journal - 5/14/2011.
By Greg A. Marley – With growing dismay, I read George Smith's column, "Maine has a mushrooming problem at the State House," on May 11. The column reflected his uninformed rebuff of the efforts of the Wild Mushroom Harvesting Task Force and L.D. 1407, An Act To Establish the Maine Wild Mushroom Harvesting Certification Program.
Organic mulches sustain healthy garden soil
Bangor Daily News - 5/14/2011.
By Reeser Manley – We planted peas and onions in Marjorie’s Garden last weekend while two crows watched from a nearby birch. I could feel the sun’s warmth on my back and the soil’s warmth in my fingers as I dug two inch-deep furrows down the length of a garden bed. Into each furrow I scattered pea seeds, plump with water just imbibed, then covered them with the warm soil, gently patting it down with the flat of my hand. All the while, the two crows were watching.
‘Kids Safe’ bill finds bipartisan solution
Portland Press Herald - 5/12/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta; Business and environmental groups that were at odds over Maine's Kids Safe Products Act have reached agreement on a proposal to modify the law, which created a process for identifying and banning dangerous chemicals.
Drought likely to affect Kansas wheat
Portland Press Herald - 5/12/2011.
Wichita, Kan. – Drought-plagued Kansas farmers are expected to harvest far less winter wheat this season from fewer acres, according to a new government report released Wednesday. In its monthly crop report, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service predicted the state's winter wheat production will be down 27 percent from last year to 261.8 million bushels. That would be the lowest production in Kansas since 1996.
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