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Rani and Jack Howe

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Rani and Jack Howe of Skyscraper Hill Farm in Brooks. This MOFGA certified organic farm raises Christmas trees, sold from the farm and through the Marsh River Co-op and the Belfast Co-op. Rani also cultivates beautiful herb gardens, which will be on the Belfast Garden Club Tour next summer. You can contact the Howes at jack.howe@gmail.com.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Environmentalists make their case
Kennebec Journal - 1/21/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Augusta: Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he will challenge states with coal-burning plants that degrade Maine's air quality, but he stopped short of reversing his pledge to roll back environmental regulations that dampen economic development.
Maybe Mitchell could bring together the 2 modes of farming
Kennebec Journal - 1/21/2011.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – A winter highlight for this farmer is the Agriculture Trades Show in Augusta — three days of meetings, workshops, exhibits and reconnecting with friends at each step. This year and last year’s shows, however, have been “blighted” (farmer’s terminology) by some very wrong-headed attempts to “bring together” organic growers and those who grow crops using chemical pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modified practices.
In Vermont, McDonald’s now has real maple syrup
Portland Press Herald - 1/21/2011.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: In maple country of Vermont, consumers know the real thing. So starting Feb. 1, customers at Vermont McDonald's stores can request 100 percent maple syrup or sugar to be added to the restaurant chain's new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal to settle complaints that the company improperly labeled the product as maple flavored in the state.
Lepage and environmental groups focus on Maine’s natural resources
Bangor Daily News - 1/21/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: More than two dozen people, ranging from farmers and foresters to an Olympic gold medalist, had a clear message for Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday: Laws safeguarding Maine’s natural resources are good for both the environment and business.
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