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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
2010's Top 10 Farm-to-Table Restaurants
Huffington Post - 1/26/2011.
Maria Rodale shares her list of favorite farm-to-table restaurants. Paolina's Way of Camden ranks 4th!
Maine hunger coalition is a needed voice in policy arena
Portland Press Herald - 1/26/2011.
Editorial – The last three years have been an unending challenge for the people who distribute food to those in need. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 195,000 Maine residents struggled with "food insecurity," which means having difficulty providing enough food for their families. With nearly 15 percent of households in that category, organizations that supply food to feed them are fighting to keep up.
Maine Gov LePage: Loosen rules on environment
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Gov. Paul LePage has proposed zoning 10 million acres of northern Maine for development, repealing laws that require manufacturers to take back recyclable goods for disposal and reversing a ban on the use of a chemical linked to cancer in children's products.
Environmental Community Outraged by Governor’s Proposal
Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition - 1/24/2011.
Members of the Environmental Priorities Coalition, a coalition of twenty-four environmental, conservation and public health organizations representing over 100,000 collective members statewide, blasted Governor LePage’s proposal to weaken a wide range of protections for Maine’s clean air, clean water, public health and natural heritage. Many of the Governor’s recommendations weaken decades of successful legislation that passed in the state legislature with bi-partisan support.
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