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Rani and Jack Howe

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Rani and Jack Howe of Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks. This MOFGA certified organic farm raises Christmas trees, sold from the farm and through the Marsh River Co-op and the Belfast Co-op. Rani also cultivates beautiful herb gardens, which will be on the Belfast Garden Club Tour next summer. You can contact the Howes at jack.howe@gmail.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto, Maui County Sued Over GMO Farming Moratorium
Honolulu Civil Beat - 11/12/2014.
By Anita Hofschneider - Global seed companies Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences promised litigation after Maui County residents approved a voter initiative to ban on genetically modified crops on Election Day, but five residents have beaten them to the punch.
Monsanto settles farmer lawsuits over experimental GMO wheat
Reuters - 11/12/2014.
By Carey Gillam - Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon.
Protect Those Who Protect Our Food
The New York Times - 11/12/2014.
Op-Ed by Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs, Cambridge, Mass. - Every year, 5.5 million people are sickened by norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal bug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States and is spread primarily by “infected food workers.” Last year cooks, waiters and other workers were involved in about 70 percent of the outbreaks.
Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: 'Farming Like the Earth Matters'
Common Dreams - 11/12/2014.
By Courtney White - It is easy to forget that once upon a time all agriculture was organic, grassfed, and regenerative. Seed saving, composting, fertilizing with manure, polycultures, no-till and raising livestock entirely on grass - all of which we associate today with sustainable food production - was the norm in the “old days” of merely a century ago. And somehow we managed to feed ourselves and do so in a manner that followed nature’s model of regeneration.
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