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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
Asian bee-eating hornets spreading rapidly in France
Treehugger - 8/19/2009.
By Matthew McDermott – As if we didn't have enough to worry about with declines in bee populations... Reuters reports that colonies of bee-eating Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina) are spreading rapidly in southwestern France.
Maine livestock farmers an endangered species
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Roger Fortin – Maine farmers are experiencing a gigantic forage crop failure due to continuous soaking rains. Our dairy and beef farmers, in fact, all livestock producers, face feed shortages this year combined with historic low commodity prices.
Rising rate of obesity endangers health reform
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Op-ed By Dr. Wendy Wolf – ... The increasing rate of obesity in children and adults (including the elderly) and the parallel growth in chronic diseases related to obesity including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some forms of cancer deserve as much attention as any other wide-spread epidemic.
Close to home: gardeners keep it in the family
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.
By Amy Martin – Gardening isn't just in the ground. It's in the blood. Kay Doucette traces her gardening skills back to her mother. "My parents made us work in the garden, and I hated every minute of it, or so I thought," she said. Doucette tied for the first-place Green Thumb award with Jack Doherty last month. The Scarborough Garden Club hosted the annual contest, in which gardens are nominated and judged by a panel of club members.
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