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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 has gotten cheaper – but at what cost
Grist - 6/13/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – Grist readers have been struck by our coverage of shockingly high food prices in Inuit communities in Canada’s far north. It’s less a story of life in extreme lands than the culmination of a historical destruction of indigenous peoples’ traditional foodways combined with a conservative government’s unwillingness to help them adapt.
Syngenta charged for covering up livestock deaths from GM corn
Institute for Science in Society - 6/13/2012.
Biotech giant Syngenta has been criminally charged with denying knowledge that its genetically modified (GM) Bt corn kills livestock during a civil court case that ended in 2007. The charges follow a long struggle for justice by a German farmer whose dairy cattle suffered mysterious illnesses and deaths after eating Bt 176.
Notes from the June garden
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2012.
In the second week of June, at the end of a small vegetable garden bed once devoted to an assortment of herbs but recently turned over to rhubarb, a clump of chives is in full flower. It survived the transition because both Marjorie and I are fond of its June flowers.
Maine study finds potentially disastrous threat to single-celled plants that support all life
Bangor Daily News - 6/11/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Boothbay: Phytoplankton. They produce the oxygen in every other breath you take. In 2007, the reproduction rate of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine decreased suddenly by a factor of five and, according to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, it hasn’t bounced back.
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