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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
Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny
National Public Radio - 2/14/2013.
By Richard Harris - Many of the drugs we take aren't actually digested - they pass through our bodies, and down through the sewer pipes. Traces of those drugs end up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife. A paper being published in Science magazine finds that drugs for anxiety drugs - even at these very low levels - can affect the behavior of fish.
Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC
Occupy Monsanto - 2/14/2013.
By Brett Gustafson - Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives.
FDA Extends Frankenfish Comment Period, Delegation Responds
Alaska Native News - 2/13/2013.
By G.W. Rastopsoff - The United States Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that they would extend the public comment period for the AquaAdvantage Salmon application a further 60 days after receiving an inordinate amount of comments.
Organic Baby Spinach Recalled Nationwide Over E. coli Concerns
Food Safety News - 2/13/2013.
Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is recalling select Organic Baby Spinach products over concerns they may be contaminated with (EHEC) Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. None of the spinach was distributed in Maine, according to this article.
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