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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
White pine needles help fight disease
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2010.
By Beth Quimby – The ubiquitous white pine isn't just the source of Maine's nickname. It turns out the tree's aromatic needles are a source for a rare starter material in the anti-flu drug Tamiflu, researchers in the University of Maine's chemistry department have discovered.
Eggs and regs
Bangor Daily News - 9/22/2010.
Editorial – As state and federal regulators try to figure out what went wrong at Midwestern facilities where eggs were contaminated with salmonella, they are turning their attention to Maine. They are looking at Maine to see how government regulations here helped avoid the contamination that has sickened at least 1,500.
Common Ground Fair Opens Gates Friday
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/21/2010.
Volunteers are busy weeding, answering phones, erecting billowing tents and laying electrical cable for the least common fair of the season.
FDA urged to OK genetically modified salmon
Kennebec Journal - 9/21/2010.
By Mary Clare Jalonick (AP) – Washington: Genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish appears to be safe, an advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration Monday. But they argued that more testing may be needed before it is served on the nation’s dinner tables.
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