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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
How a Nutrient Economy Can Save Our Farmers, Our Health and Our Environment
Forbes - 2/27/2013.
By Logan Yonavjak - Changing the agricultural paradigm will require new approaches. Ashoka Changemakers recently launched a new initiative that represents their evolution in thinking about how the industrial agricultural system should be evolving - democratically, and with a focus on nutrition and wellness, as opposed to maximized production.
Study: Over 100 Million Americans Drinking 'Toxic Trash' Water
Common Dreams - 2/27/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - When you pour yourself a glass of tap water or even take a shower, you may be among over 100 million Americans exposing yourself to carcinogenic, "toxic trash." The Environmental Working Group documents that municipal systems had water polluted with chemicals called trihalomethanes - chemicals caused when chlorine, used as a disinfectant, mingles with rotting organic matter such as farm runoff or sewage.
Maintaining Maine’s scallop fishery
Bangor Daily News - 2/27/2013.
OpEd by Robin Alden - The first year of Maine’s new scallop management is a success story far beyond its economic metrics: landings that will be reported at this week’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport will show substantial landings, possibly headed for a season high relative to the recent decade.
Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival
Grist - 2/27/2013.
By Lori Rotenberk - At the Driftless Folk School in Wisconsin, 26-year-old Jenny Monfore studied organic food preparation, blacksmithing, and mushroom identification - skills she hopes will augment her income and allow her to live a more independent lifestyle.
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