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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
Row over reports on bee-bothering insecticides
Nature - 1/16/2013.
By Daniel Cressey - Europe's food safety body has stoked the fires over the possible links between the use of neonicotinoid insecticides and the declines in bee populations in the United States, Europe and elsewhere with three reports published today. One leading manufacturer has attacked the reports, calling them "hurried and inadequate."
In Organic We Trust
The Village Voice - 1/16/2013.

By Robert Sietsem - Slated for theatrical release January 22, In Organic We Trust is the latest film to take stock of the the current state of the organic movement, which has been co-opted by big food manufacturers, and its original principles diluted by Federal Government regulation.

Rebel Towns
The Nation - 1/16/2013.
By Barry Yeoman - The 600 residents of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, have done a laudable job of keeping the vulgarities of modern life at bay. There are no fast-food restaurants, no neon signs. Instead, the former iron-mining town has rambling country inns and a main road lined with Victorian and Arts and Crafts houses.
Maine Pediatricians Send Pointed Letter to Governor on Administration’s BPA Stance
Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine - 1/16/2013.
Augusta: With a critical Board of Environmental Protection meeting just one day away, the Governor and his administration continue to draw fire for their opposition to a citizen-initiated proposal to replace the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in baby and toddler food packaging. Dr. Steve Feder, President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a pointed letter to the Governor this morning, reminding the Governor of the known scientific evidence that supports the Board taking action to remove BPA in food packaging for young children.
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