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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
USDA pares farm payments by $152 million due to budget sequester
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2013.
By Charles Abbott, Reuters - The U.S. government will trim payments to 350,000 farmers by about $152 million to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.
Secret to ordering healthier food is seeing how far you have to walk to burn it off
Treehugger - 3/19/2013.
By Jaymi Heimbuch - We've seen that adding nutrition information to menus has helped customers make smarter, healthier decisions about what they're ordering. But what if you also included how far they would have to walk to burn off those calories, for an extra dose of perspective?
Antibiotic use on organic apples and pears proves unnecessary
Natural News - 3/19/2013.
By Carolanne Wright - When we relish a delicious organic apple or pear, we usually don't suspect we are also ingesting a mouthful of antibiotics.
The Folly of Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
Common Dreams - 3/19/2013.
By John Atcheson - Ask any policy wonk, politician or pundit – Republican, Independent or Democrat – about the sine qua non of economic policy, and the chances are pretty good their answer will boil down to one word: growth. But the economy can't continuously grow in a finite world, and we are already bumping up against limits.
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