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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
Web, smartphones, tablets … yet Farmers' Almanac survives
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Eric Russell - Eric Sideman, a crop specialist with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, doesn't rely on a farmers' almanac for useful information, and he doesn't know anyone who does. "My opinion is that it's fun to read but it's not based in any science that I can tell," he said. "I would say it's like reading a horoscope."
Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'
The Guardian [UK] - 1/23/2013.
By John Vidal - Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency. The report says that GM crops provide no direct benefit to consumers, are over-hyped, not necessarily safe and are largely unsuitable for the great majority of the world's farmers.
Thanks, E. B. White
Homegrown Life - 1/23/2013.
By Dyan Redick - A friend gave me a copy of Down East magazine back before Christmas with a page earmarked. “You’ll die laughing,” she warned me. Turns out, it was a reprint of E. B. White’s “Memorandum,” from One Man’s Meat, published in 1944.
When Trees Die, People Die
The Atlantic - 1/22/2013.
By Lindsay Abrams - The U.S. Forest Service has found increased mortality rates from cardiovascular and lower respiratory tract illnesses in Upper Midwest counties affected by the emerald ash borer. As the infestation took over, the connection to poor health strengthened.
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