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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
You Are What You Eat, Your Right To Know/GMO Food-Labeling Bill
Machias Valley News Observer - 4/23/2013.
By Hillary Savage - How often do you read labels at the grocery store? A bill currently going through legislature might make it easier for people who don't to know what food they are buying. LD 718, Right To Know GMO-Labeling Bill would require a label on consumer products produced that are genetically engineered as an obligation for retail.
Crowd Wants Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food
MOFGA Announcements - 4/23/2013.
Augusta, Maine - Nearly 100 people are expected to turn out today in Augusta to testify in favor of LD 718, An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock. The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hear public testimony on this bill beginning at 1 p.m., and the hearing is expected to last into the evening. At noon, before the hearing, proponents of the bill will hold a press conference and take questions in the Welcome Center of the Capitol building.
Morning Briefing: Heavy hitters on GMO, emergency shield & brass knuckles
Portland Press Herald - 4/23/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Don't know GMO: With a list of over 100 bipartisan co-sponsors, it would appear that LD 718 is a slam dunk. Not so fast.
Apples Top EWG's Dirty Dozen
Environmental Working Group - 4/22/2013.
By Sara Sciammacco: Washington, D.C. - Apples top the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen™ list of most pesticide-contaminated produce, followed by strawberries, grapes and celery. Other fresh fruits and vegetables on the new Dirty Dozen list, a part of EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ are peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.
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