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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
20 foods that make you smarter
Alternet - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Ost, EcoSalon – Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber.
New spout could alter syrup industry
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2009.
Associated Press: Williamstown, Vt. — It's 2 inches tall, costs about 35 cents and looks like a tiny rocket ship. But it has big potential: Scientists at the University of Vermont who developed a new maple spout adapter say it could revolutionize the syrup industry, extending the annual harvest by weeks and boosting sap yields by up to 90 percent per tree. The tiny nylon device, which has been in development for two years and was unveiled publicly Monday, works with vacuum tubing systems used by most maple sugar producers by inhibiting the reverse flow of sap into trees that occurs when pumps are shut off or holes develop in the tubing.
Toss toxics safely
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
AUGUSTA: The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable – at no cost to homeowners.
State calls herbicide’s risk minimal; residents worry about toxicity, ‘collateral damage’ in milfoil fight
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
By Craig Crosby – The chemical the state plans to use to control milfoil in Salmon Lake can pose a risk to people, plants and animals – but when used according to guidelines, those risks are negligible. ... The state plans to use the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid – better known as 2,4-D – to control Eurasian milfoil in Kozy Cove near the Salmon Lake outlet.
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