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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
Just in time for winter-weary Mainers: the 2010 Portland Flower Show
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/7/2010.
Spring arrives in southern Maine this week – or at least an inkling of it. The Portland Flower Show opens at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. with a preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The show runs through March 14. This year’s theme is “Gardens Gone Wild,” which will give the creators of the 18 display gardens at the show a chance to show off their imagination – and their skills.
Connecting chemicals and obesity
Sun Journal - 3/7/2010.
Op-Ed by Sharon Tisher. I would agree with Michelle Obama that the problem of childhood obesity is solvable, and that we should address it on many fronts. One part of the solution, however, is so elusive that it is just reaching the radar screen of public health experts.
Panel clears modified corn
Kennebec Journal - 3/6/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Fairfield: The state Board of Pesticides Control agreed Friday to add a new Bt corn product to the list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine. Maine now allows 19 Bt products to be planted in fields now that Monsanto, a multinational biotech company, won its bid to register its new Bacillus thuringiensis corn here. Chuck Ravis, professor of environmental science and ecology at Thomas College, was the sole member of the board who voted against the genetically engineered seed.
Farmers: ‘Be patient’, don’t plant yet
Bangor Daily News - 3/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Got spring fever? With plenty of sun on the way and temperatures near 50 predicted for this weekend, farmers are warning backyard gardeners to rein in their enthusiasm and hold off before planting seeds. “Wait,” advised Lois Labbe of Snakeroot Farm in Pittsfield.
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