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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
Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 12/30/2012.
By Rick Barrett - A former member of an Amish community in Wisconsin, Vernon Hershberger is facing criminal charges for operating a dairy and selling milk without a license. In addition to religious freedom issues, Hershberger says those who get dairy products from the farm are in a private food club; they lease the cows and work on the farm.
Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the "Dust Bowl"
Reuters - 12/30/2012.
By Kevin Murphy – Real estate agent Mark Faulkner recalls a day in early November when he was putting up a sign near Ulysses, Kansas, in 60-miles-per-hour winds that blew up blinding dust clouds. "There were places you could not see, it was blowing so hard," Faulkner said.
In memoriam
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/30/2012.
By Bob Keyes and Ray Routhier – Most people knew Russell Libby for his work as executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, or MOFGA. And well they should: Libby and MOFGA became such institutions in Maine that Gov. Paul LePage ordered flags flown at half-staff following Libby's death from cancer at age 56 in December.
Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices
Portland Press Herald - 12/30/2012.
AP – Washington: Top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that would head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.
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