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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
No bad apples: Grocery store cuts waste and cost by selling imperfect fruit
Grist - 1/24/2013.
By Dana Gunders - On the surface, it’s a common display. A bin of apples with a sale sign greets customers as they enter the grocery store. Behind the scenes, however, it’s unchartered territory. Those apples were destined to be juice, cattle feed, or maybe even landfill waste until a few crafty folks and a bold supermarket decided to break the grade barrier.
Documentary Sheds New Light on Thriving Community Gardens
Worldwatch Institute - 1/24/2013.
By Carol Dreibelbis - In her 2011 documentary A Community of Gardeners, filmmaker Cintia Cabib offers an intimate look at the vital role that seven community gardens play in Washington, D.C.
A Prescription for Injuries of the Soul: Healing the Earth Healing Us
Common Dreams - 1/24/2013.
By Carolyn Raffensperger - Most people suffer from a sense of moral failure over environmental matters. The mismatch between being told to change our light bulbs when the planet seems in free fall - melting ice caps, polluted water supplies, drought - creates a needling angst and anxiety. We know that we are in deep trouble, but feel that there is little we - or anyone - can do individually.
BPA ban approved for Maine food packages
Portland Press Herald - 1/24/2013.
By North Cain - Augusta: The state's Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously Thursday to approve a ban on bisphenol-A in packaging for baby food and infant formula. The measure, which the board endorsed in a preliminary vote last week, now goes to the Legislature for final approval.
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