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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
Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
The Guardian [UK] - 4/5/2011.
By Fiona Harvey – Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars
Grist - 4/5/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Over on Civil Eats, Andrea Jezovit has put together a terrific interactive chart on the U.S. diet. Using USDA data for "average daily calories available per capita, adjusted for spoilage and waste," it tracks our eating habits since 1970, separating our foodstuffs into basic categories: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, proteins ("meat, eggs, and nuts"), added sugars, and added fats.
Maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds – and a whole lot of sugar
Treehugger - 4/4/2011.
By Lloyd Alter – We Canadians love our maple syrup and have been making it for a long time, but in the end, I would have said that, like the argument over real sugar vs high fructose corn syrup, it's all just another kind of sugar and no good for you. Then Discovery News tells us to Pour on the Syrup – it's good for you.
Farming in Whitcomb’s blood
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Where Walt Whitcomb comes from, people know what it means when the cows are out. Although the area has lost some of its farming character over the years, there's still a neighborly spirit when it comes to spying stray livestock, he said.
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