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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
Who Owns Organic
The Cornucopia Institute - 1/16/2013.
The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America.
Online magazine in Portland tracks health food industry
Portland Press Herald - 1/16/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila - Dan McGovern works in a growth industry. As the founder and editor of Sustainable Food News, McGovern, 44, is immersed in the expanding and fast-moving world of better-for-you-food. Produced in Portland, the online business magazine publishes Monday through Friday and chronicles the health food industry's latest news and trends.
Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds
The Guardian [UK] - 1/16/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The world's most widely used insecticide has for the first time been officially labelled an "unacceptable" danger to bees feeding on flowering crops. Environmental campaigners say the conclusion, by Europe's leading food safety authority, sounds the "death knell" for the insect nerve agent.
Earliest Blooms Recorded in U.S. Due to Global Warming
National Geographic - 1/16/2013.
By Christine Dell'Amore - Blooming dates reported by Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, compared with those in Massachusetts and Wisconsin during 2010 and 2012, showed that those two recent warm spells triggered many spring-flowering plants to blossom up to 2.3 days earlier for every 1 degree F rise in average spring temperatures.
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