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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
Senators Push for Safer Chemicals
Politico - 5/23/2013.
By Erica Martinson - A new bill would give the EPA authority to act on dangerous chemicals and to require more scrutiny of chemicals before they reach the market. Currently, in a Catch-22 scenario, EPA can require safety testing only after evidence shows that a chemical is dangerous.
GMO labeling advocates plan to join Saturday march, organize State House lobbying
Portland Daily Sun - 5/23/2013.
By David Carkhuff - Advocates of a Maine bill to identify foods with genetically modified organisms as ingredients plan to join a nationwide anti-Monsanto rally on Saturday and are organizing lobbying at the State House on Thursday, May 30.
What Ales You: For newbie, Funky Bow's hitting some high notes
Portland Press Herald - 5/23/2013.
By Tom Atwell - Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Co. in Lyman is a father-and-son operation that has been selling beer for a couple of months as an offshoot of a commercial organic farm.
Senate rejects labeling amendment attached to farm bill
The Washington Post - 5/23/2013.
On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said his amendment was an attempt to clarify that states can require the labels, as several legislatures have moved toward putting such laws into place. Both the Vermont House and Connecticut Senate voted this month to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.
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