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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
Strawberries, Raspberries and Bagged Salads
Write to Farm - 8/15/2013.
By Michael Tabor and Nick Maravell - Brian Snyder of PASA turns his blog over to two experienced farmers who critique FDA’s proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules. Comments are due to FDA by Nov. 15.
Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s
Grist - 8/15/2013.
By Tom Philpott - First, the good news: The annual “dead zone” that smothers much of the northern Gulf of Mexico - caused by an oxygen-sucking algae bloom mostly fed by Midwestern farm runoff - is smaller this year than scientists had expected. Now, for the bad news: This year’s “biological desert” (NOAA’s phrase) is much bigger than last year’s.
Big Meat imitates Big Tobacco in fighting the public’s right to know
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 8/15/2013.
By Jim Harkness - Eight meatpacking industry groups recently sued to stop implementation of the popular Country of Origin Label (COOL) law (supported by 93 percent of Americans) that was passed back in 2008.
EPA unveils new pesticide label to protect bees
The Des Moines Register - 8/15/2013.
By Christopher Doering - The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Thursday a new pesticide label that prohibits the use of some pesticide products where bees are present, a step to help with the sharp decline in recent years of the insect vital to pollinating crops and producing honey.
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