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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 context of USDA’s GE sugar beet decision
Seed Broadcast - 8/7/2012.
By Kristina Hubbard – You’ve probably heard that USDA recently deregulated Roundup Ready sugar beets following a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Organic Seed Alliance has written before about the threat this genetically engineered (GE) trait poses to the integrity of organic and other non-GE crops.
State expects to investigate use of pesticide on Messalonkee Lake dam
Kennebec Journal - 8/7/2012.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Oakland: The state's pesticides control board is expected to launch an investigation today into the spraying of a weedkiller on a dam on Messalonskee Lake. Ed Pearl, a former director of Friends of Messalonskee Lake, said that he was driving past the dam on the north end of the lake Friday afternoon when he saw a man spraying a liquid in a blue tank sprayer on weeds growing out of the dam's boards.
Cut back on corn for ethanol, not conservation
Kennebec Journal - 8/7/2012.
Washington Post op-ed – Congress' response to the drought afflicting the farm belt gets curiouser and curiouser. By now it's clear that the main impact is on the corn crop, about 40 percent of which usually goes to feed cows, pigs and chickens. As supply shrinks, prices spike, and producers of meat and poultry get hit. The House of Representatives has responded with $383 million in aid to cattle producers, paid for by cutting back soil conservation programs.
Looking back to see ahead: one woman’s quest to bring back Native American food traditions
Grist - 8/7/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Valerie Segrest often encounters people who want her to tell them what to eat. Instead, this native foods educator and registered member of Washington state’s Muckleshoot Indian Tribe says she works to “help people see the wealth of knowledge they come from, and use that to make healthier choices.”
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