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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
Brain injury and pesticide exposure combo may triple Parkinson's risk
CBC News - 11/13/2012.
By Ryan Jaslow – A study of 357 Californians with Parkinson's disease and 754 without found that 36 percent with the disease were more likely to report exposure to the herbicide paraquat than those without the disease. Other factors are also associated with the disease.
Farmer-owned MOOMilk making slow but steady progress
Bangor Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Edmunds: Three years after its inception, Maine’s own organic brand of milk, MOOMilk, is making slow but steady progress – sales are up 20 percent over the last four months – while creating a business model that other farmers are watching closely.
Antibiotic resistance killing off bees
Yale Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Emma Goldberg – Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Nancy Moran had published a study showing that beneficial bacteria found in the guts of honeybees have acquired genes that make bees resistant to tetracycline, an antibiotic used to prevent colony-destroying infections and other bacterial diseases.
Pest Prevention by Design
SPIN - 11/5/2012.
By Chris Geiger and Caroline Cox – This 86-page publication provides guidelines for designing and building pests out of buildings – to save on pest control and environmental costs. Free at http://www.sustainableplaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FINAL-PPBD-Guidelines-11-6-2012.pdf
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