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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
9-year-old grows truly great pumpkin
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Dresden: Sienna Mazone was thrilled when her 65-pound white pumpkin won first prize in the Great Pumpkin Competition at the Common Ground Country Fair. The 9-year-old is home schooled and helps with the family's vegetable garden as part of her curriculum. Her science project was to grow a variety of pumpkin bred by Winslow-based Johnny's Seeds called Polar Bear.
Mushroom foraging: expert says to do it by the book
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Waterville: In real estate, it's all about location. In the world of edible, wild-mushroom gathering, it's all about timing. "Timing, timing, timing," mushroom hobbyist and presenter Richard Tory of Canaan told a group of more than 100 people Sunday during an open-air workshop at the Quarry Road Recreation Area.
The importance of domestic animal diversity
Energy Bulletin - 10/10/2011.
By Steven French – For century upon century domestic animals have been bred with specialized traits suited to particular tasks or to live and prosper in specific climates or regions. Arguably these domesticated breeds are of significance equal to their brethren who live in the wild and just like their wild counterparts, many of the breeds are in danger of extinction. Indeed some breeds have already been lost.
Potatoes, pride at risk in Maine
Boston.com - 10/10/2011.
By Billy Baker – Presque Isle: In the fall of 1960, sensing the end of his life approaching, John Steinbeck set off on a road trip around America with his dog. He began by pointing his truck as far to the northeast as he could until he hit Aroostook County, that part of Maine that “sticks up like a thumb into Canada.’’ There, he said, his hope was to see potatoes.
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