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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
Don’t like today’s food monopolies? Blame Robert Bork
Grist - 12/21/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – The recently departed and extremely conservative Judge Robert Bork deserves credit (or, more accurately, blame) for the domination of our food system by a handful of mammoth corporations.
What the fiscal cliff would mean for our cities and food
Grist - 12/21/2012.
By Susie Cagle – Over the last several weeks of fiscal-cliff frenzy, we’ve heard a lot about taxes, taxes, taxes. It’s apocalypse now-ish! With only 10 days left before we go careening off that cliff, President Obama and congressional leaders are trying (so they say!) to stop the crazy train that they set rolling in the first place.
White House stalls critical EPA report highlighting chemical dangers to children
Investigative Reporting Workshop - 12/21/2012.
By Sheila Kaplan – A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report concluding that children exposed to toxic substances can develop learning disabilities, asthma and other health problems has been sidetracked indefinitely amid fierce opposition from the chemical industry. America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition, is a sobering analysis of the way in which pollutants build up in children’s developing bodies and the damage they can inflict.
MRSA found in our milk: Superbug strain can cause serious infections in humans and is resistant to antibiotics
Daily Mail [UK] - 12/21/2012.
By Sean Poulter – Scientists tested 1,500 samples of bulk milk and found seven cases of MRSA ST398 (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from five farms in England, Scotland and Wales. The Soil Association wants the UK government to crack down on antibiotic use on UK farms.
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