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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
Food for thought: experts say era of low prices may be over
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2011.
By P.J. Huffstutter – Los Angeles: American consumers have long enjoyed a luxury that few others around the world could boast: an abundance of affordable food. But with prices of wheat, corn and other staples soaring, some economists and scientists are wondering how long that can last.
The world-class local foods that gardeners have overlooked
The Atlantic - 3/16/2011.
By Hank Shaw – Consider this statistic: Of all the untold thousands of edible plants on this earth, the world's population largely subsists on about 20 of them. And of those, wheat, rice, soybeans, and corn dominate the rest. Now consider this: Of those 20 species, only corn, and to some extent beans, are native to North America; both are from Mexico.
Top 10 sustainable food books
Audubon Magazine - 3/16/2011.
By Alisa Opar – New books about sustainable food are coming out all the time, making selecting one or two to read a potentially overwhelming process. So we turned to the experts for suggestions. Michael Pollan, Anna Lappé, Dan Barber, and other influential activists and authors share their favorite books.
It's time to reduce Maine's dependence on oil
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Stacey Fitts and Philip Bartlett – Augusta: It's time for Mainers of all stripes to come together to start to get our state off oil. According to a Maine Sunday Telegram analysis, the recent surge in oil prices has increased energy costs for a typical Maine family that lives in an oil-heated home and has two cars by more than $1,400 a year – and the price surge just started in early September.
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