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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
Gorham group seeks end to trail herbicide spraying
Portland Press Herald - 11/2/2010.
By Beth Quimby – A group of Gorham residents is trying to persuade Maine's Department of Transportation to stop spraying herbicides along the section of the Mountain Division recreational trail in Gorham.
Program helps lobstermen hit hard by imports
Portland Press Herald - 11/1/2010.
By Beth Quimby – The stereotypical Maine lobsterman is known for fierce independence and distrust of government interference. But it appears lobstermen are not about to turn down a free government program that will give them business training and cash payments.
The Great Chemical Unknown: A Graphical View of Limited Lab Testing
Scientific American - 11/1/2010.
Only a tiny fraction of the compounds around us have been tested for safety. Experts guesstimate that about 50,000 chemicals are used in U.S. consumer products and industrial processes. Why the uncertainty? The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does not require chemicals to be registered or proven safe before use.
Japan looks to ancient village wisdom to save biodiversity
Common Dreams - 11/1/2010.
Agence France Presse – Four decades ago the oriental white stork became extinct in Japan, the victim of rapid industrialisation and modern farm practices and heavy pesticide use that destroyed its habitat. Today, the graceful migratory bird soars again over restored wetlands around the small town of Toyooka in western Japan, now a showcase for an ambitious conservation effort called the Satoyama Initiative.
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