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Tess Faller (left) and Anna Davis of Beech Hill Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet farm manager Tess Faller and assistant manager Anna Davis of Beech Hill Farm on Mt. Desert, which produces 5 acres of MOFGA certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers and 1 acre of heirloom apples. The farm is owned by College of the Atlantic. Faller and Davis, with the help of COA students, provide organic produce to the MDI community. Previously the farm was owned by Barbarina and Aaron Heyerdahl, who donated it to COA in the late 1990s. Beech Hill Farm markets to COA's food service, A&B Naturals, Sawyers Market, Pine Tree Market, from the farm stand and through its summer and fall CSA programs. For more information, see www.coa.edu/beech-hill-farm-microsite.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why The Food Movement Must Build Power
Common Dreams - 5/16/2015.
By Wenonah Hunter - Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed on the faults of the food movement provides a great opportunity to discuss how we should be engaging politically to demand a better food system; unfortunately, it misses the mark on why we are making limited progress on food policy issues.
Center for Food Safety Statement on New USDA GMO-Free Label
Common Dreams - 5/15/2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new GMO-free certification and label. In response, Colin O’Neil, Center for Food Safety’s Director of Government Affairs, released the following statement.
What Would Happen if We all Grew Food?
Resilience - 5/15/2015.
By Patrick M. Lydon, FinalStraw.org - I'd like to start off with a story about a woman I know who works full time, takes home a below-median income, and raises two kids in Silicon Valley. This woman also has an organic garden in her tiny back yard, partially for her own enjoyment, and partially so she can afford to eat good food. Every year, her tiny part time garden produces far more than she needs. She shares the excess, and I mean huge excess.
America's 50 Best Farmers’ Markets
Cooking Light - 5/15/2015.
By Grace Elkus and Tim Cebula - With more than 8,000 farmers' markets nationwide and counting, it's clear we love them, and everyone is raving about them. Here's what top foodies around the country are saying about their favorites.
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