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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
Monsanto wins dismissal of Maine organic growers’ gene-patent suit
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2012.
By Don Jeffrey (Bloomberg News) – New York: Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has won the dismissal of a lawsuit by growers of organic crops, including some from Maine, seeking to have its patents for genetically altered seeds invalidated. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan threw out the organic growers’ lawsuit in a ruling dated Feb. 24, saying it represented no controversy and that she had no jurisdiction over the suit.
Judge sides with Monsanto: ridicules farmers’ right to grow food without fear, contamination and economic harm
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association - 2/27/2012.
On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs.
Judge dismisses organic farmers’ case against Monsanto
National Public Radio - 2/27/2012.
By Eliza Barclay – A New York federal court today dismissed a lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto brought by thousands of certified organic farmers. The farmers hoped the suit would protect them against infringing on the company's crop patents in the future.
Early sap? Go with the flow
Portland Press Herald - 2/27/2012.
By Beth Quimby – Michael Bryant usually starts tapping maples for his Newfield sugarhouse during the fourth week of February. This year he pushed the date up to Feb. 10. "This is the earliest since I started in the 1980s," said Bryant, a third-generation syrup producer and owner of Hilltop Boilers.
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