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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
Keep Maine woods as a carbon sink
Portland Press Herald - 2/28/2009.
Op-Ed by Jonathan Carter – The Forest Ecology Network is launching the most important effort it has ever undertaken. We are calling for the Maine Woods to be designated as a National Carbon Storage Forest.
Putting winter pumpkins to use
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – It is time to pay close attention to pumpkins in winter storage which, according to my experience, are among the first to go. I pulled out two today, both had big squishy spots so I trimmed them up, peeled the hard parts and cut them up for a recipe that Ruth Thurston of Machias had given me a long time ago.
California declares drought emergency
Common Dreams - 2/28/2009.
by Peter Henderson – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state emergency due to drought and said he would consider mandatory water rationing in the face of nearly $3 billion in economic losses from below-normal rainfall this year.
A chicken in every backyard
Bangor Daily News - 2/27/2009.
Reader Comments – Is it time to head back to the farm? – Though it may not appear to be cost effective to raise hens (or possibly other food animals), I think you miss some pertinent issues. The animals are not warehoused; you are not paying for transportation and using fuel (and incumbent greenhouse gases) that get your eggs to market; you know where your eggs come from and they will not have artificial hormones in them if you choose your feed carefully.
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