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Ben Perrin

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Perrin of the MOFGA certified organic Burke Hill Farm in Cherryfield. Ben grows lowbush blueberries and garlic. He sells at the Common Ground Country Fair, farmers' cooperatives, farmers' markets, to several wholesale and retail accounts, and from the farm. You can contact Ben at BurkeHillFarm@gmail.com.

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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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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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