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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
Center for Food Safety Challenges Utah’s Ag Gag Law
Food Poisoning Bulletin - 12/21/2013.
By Linda Larsen - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is challenging Utah’s so-called “ag gag” law, which criminalizes undercover investigations of factory farms. Several states have finalized these laws, which makes it a crime to video animal abuse and cruelty while undercover. Other animal welfare groups and food safety advocates are joining CFS in challenging the law as a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Six states have these laws on the books.
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Farm Bill Conference Progress
Senator Patrick Leahy - 12/20/2013.
While the days are limited before the end of 2013, the Farm Bill Conference Committee presses on, working together in a bipartisan fashion to resolve differences and to take the steps necessary to enact a comprehensive and balanced Farm Bill.
Manure transformed into biodegradable plastic
The Western Producer - 12/19/2013.
By Ron Lyseng - University of Idaho civil engineering professor Erik Coats has developed a method for turning dairy manure into plastic – an alternative to fossil fuels and corn. Dairy manure is the easiest to work with, he says, because of its high content of carbon and electrons. Municipal waste is the most difficult because of its many constituents and because its composition may change daily.
Russell Libby’s book of poems to his wife, daughters
Portland Press Herald - 12/18/2013.
By Mary Pols - “What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm” is about the family and its land on the farm in Mount Vernon.
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May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

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June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

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