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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
Legislator wants Maine to expand maple syrup industry
Bangor Daily News - 2/3/2011.
By Terry Karkos – Rumford: A local lawmaker wants Maine to tap into the unrealized potential for growing its maple syrup industry. State Rep. Matt Peterson, D-Rumford, said Friday by e-mail that he’s submitted a resolve to create a commission that would study the potential for expanding the Maine Maple Sugar Industry.
How the next farm bill could plant a new crop of farmers
Grist - 2/3/2011.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute – USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently called for 100,000 new farmers – a recognition that the U.S. farm population is aging rapidly. To create a revitalized, sustainable, and socially just food system, we need to cultivate a new generation of farmers – and quickly.
A food manifesto for the future
The New York Times - 2/2/2011.
By Mark Bittman – For decades, Americans believed that we had the world’s healthiest and safest diet. We worried little about this diet’s effect on the environment or on the lives of the animals (or even the workers) it relies upon. Nor did we worry about its ability to endure – that is, its sustainability. That didn’t mean all was well.
Camden chefs take Maine menu to New York
Bangor Daily News - 2/2/2011.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – The menu is set for “From Maine With Love,” a five-course dinner contrived by two Camden chefs, who jointly will prepare it on Feb. 9 at the prestigious James Beard House, a New York venue for select chefs from around the world to showcase their talents and regional cuisine.
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