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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
Honey may hold the sticky solution to bee colony collapse
Los Angeles Times - 4/29/2013.
By Geoffrey Mohan - Honeybees that live off the same sweetener found in soft drinks could be more vulnerable to the microbial enemies and pesticides believed to be linked to catastrophic collapse of honeybee colonies worldwide, a new study suggests.
Our View: Legislature should pass GMO labeling bill
Portland Press Herald - 4/29/2013.
Editorial - Consumers have a right to know whether their food has genetically engineered ingredients. Free markets work best when consumers have what they need to make informed choices. That is the concept behind L.D. 718, the genetically modified organism labeling bill now before the Legislature. That is also the reason that lawmakers should pass this law this year.
A Win for the Bees: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Harming Pesticides
Common Dreams - 4/29/2013.
By Jacob Chamberlain - In a historic vote on Monday the European Union banned the use of bee-harming pesticides across the continent for a minimum of two years, garnering praise from environmental groups who have said that the population of the vital pollinators, along with the global food supply are in grave danger, due to the widespread use of the chemicals.
Weeding Corporate Power Out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice
Common Dreams - 4/29/2013.
By Beverly Bell and Tory Field - From the school cafeteria to rural tomato farms, and all the way to pickets at the White House, people are challenging the ways in which government programs benefit big agribusiness to the detriment of small- and mid-sized farmers.
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