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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
New biopesticides shown to help fight sugarbeet, potato diseases
Farm and Ranch Guide - 7/31/2012.
By Sue Roesler – In a couple of years, producers around the world will have a major new biopesticide technology tool in their disease-fighting toolbox that has been shown in trials over many years to combat some serious diseases of potatoes, sugarbeets and other crops. That bio-control technology is a naturally occurring bacterium called bacillus mycoides isolate J, or more commonly, BmJ.
Bhutan bets organic agriculture is the road to happiness
National Public Radio - 7/31/2012.
By Eliza Barclay – The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan drew international attention a few years back for saying gross national happiness should trump gross domestic product when measuring a nation's progress. If you're going to prioritize happiness, the Bhutanese thinking goes, you'd better include the environment and spiritual and mental well-being in your calculations.
Women’s risk of reproductive disease linked to environmental estrogens
Scientific American - 7/31/2012.
By Lindsey Konkel and Environmental Health News – Shortly after moving to Canada’s Okanagan Valley, Patricia Lee started experiencing severe irregularities in her menstrual cycle. She had one period that lasted two and a half months. The bleeding was so intense that at one point, doctors recommended a blood transfusion.
Blueberries grow like wild this year
Portland Press Herald - 7/30/2012.
By Clarke Canfield (AP) – Portland: Maine's wild blueberry growers are expecting their biggest crop in more than a decade. This year's crop is projected to come in between 90 million to 95 million pounds. If the yield reaches 90 million pounds, it would be the largest harvest since 2000, when production reached a record 110 million pounds.
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