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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
DeLauro bill would require labels on GM fish
Food Safety News - 9/30/2010.
By Helena Bottemiller – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chairwoman of the House committee that controls the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture budgets, introduced a bill Wednesday that would mandate labeling of genetically modified fish.
Transgenic crops’ built-in pesticide found to be contaminating waterways
Grist - 9/29/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Bt gets into streams and rivers by leaching out of crop debris left on fields through the now-ubiquitous industrial "no-till" farming technique, in which fields aren't plowed after harvest so as to prevent soil erosion. As a result, leaves and stalks get washed into streams through large-scale farms' irrigation canals: Notre Dame scientists found such debris in almost 90 percent of streams near cornfields.
Find your purpose for pickled beets
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Beets keep perfectly well in a cold cellar, so for me pickling them is not essential for preservation. I pickle beets because it is nice to have them ready to use and because I welcome the sweet-sour flavor for variety.
Heard it through the grapevine
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2010.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – Neil and Joyce Estabrooke have been growing grapes for six years on their small Stetson farm, but this is the first year they have opened their vineyard to the public. The crop was so abundant that they realized they couldn’t possibly use all the grapes.
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