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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
Vermont blasts McDonald’s for violating strict maple syrup law
The Atlantic - 1/13/2011.
By Daniel Fromson – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is apparently no slouch when it comes to keeping its maple syrup safe from imitators. Slashfood reports that the VAA is going after McDonald's for marketing a new product called Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, which contains no real maple products of any sort.
Cool food, cool fuel, cool climate
Energy Bulletin - 1/13/2011.
By Albert Bates – "Painting the choice as a harsh dichotomy between your current standard of living and something resembling that of a prisoner on Devil’s Island is a blown meme. Stick a fork in that. The future will be one of more conscientious design: more food with net carbon and fertility soil gains; warmth, light, mobility and other energy services based on solar income, not distilled dinosaurs."
Co-ops keep businesses rooted in their communities
Portland Press Herald - 1/13/2011.
Op-ed by Davis Taylor – Orono: From beef producers in Mars Hill to a teller's window in Sanford, cooperatives are feeling like there is no better time to promote their values and activities. With notable investor-owned corporations such as British Petroleum, Goldman Sachs, and General Motors in the media spotlight on account of various woes and transgressions, the cooperative idea of "business rooted in community" seems particularly timely.
Study shows organic farming strong in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 1/13/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Unity: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association released an economic study Wednesday that indicates organic farming is growing dramatically in Maine. The report states that organic producers generate at least $36.6 million in sales, support 1,600 jobs and keep 41,000 acres of farmland in organic production.
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