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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
Fresh ideas for Portland farmers markets
Portland Press Herald - 2/15/2012.
By Kelley Bouchard – Mainers who receive federally funded food assistance will be able to use their electronic benefit cards to buy produce at certain farmers markets and farm stands in Portland and Lewiston, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
End of New England shrimp fishing season looming
Kennebec Journal - 2/15/2012.
Portland – The end of the New England shrimp fishing season is looming. Regulators are expected to set a closure date for the fishery during a conference call today to review how much shrimp has been caught since the season began Jan. 2.
Recipes so good they had to be published again
Portland Press Herald - 2/15/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – An encounter with a camel's head in a Libyan market set Maine cookbook author and artist Jean Ann Pollard on the road to health food. As Pollard describes it, she was in an open-air market in Tripoli, where she and her husband, Peter, lived in the 1970s after they were first married. There, she witnessed a vendor cut off a camel's head, which promptly fell into a pile of manure. Next, the vendor picked up the head, sprayed it with DDT and sold it to a customer.
Organic Certification Standards In U.S. And Europe Will Soon Gain Mutual Acceptance
Huffington Post - 2/15/2012.
Right now, the U.S. government only officially recognizes two standards for organic foods: the USDA's Organic Seal and the equivalent certificate from Canada. That's made it hard for producers of organic foods from overseas to get recognized for their sustainable practices and charge accordingly. But NPR reported today that a landmark agreement between officials in the U.S. and European Union will allow European organic certification to be marketed with impunity in the United States, and vice versa.
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