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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
As Factory Farms Spread, Government Efforts to Curb Threat From Livestock Waste Bog Down
FairWarning - 5/30/2013.
By Bridget Huber - As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, a major environmental threat has emerged: Pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals.
Japan cancels some US wheat exports after discovery of GM wheat in Oregon
KGW-8 - Portland, Oregon - 5/30/2013.
Japan, the second-biggest importer of U.S. wheat behind Mexico, canceled some orders while the U.S. tries to figure how the illegal Monsanto wheat got to the Eastern Oregon farm. Other top Asian importers, like South Korea, China and the Philippines are closely monitoring the situation. Many countries won't accept imports of genetically-modified foods. The European Union announced it's preparing to test incoming wheat shipments after the discovery.
Mexico protests Monsanto with a Carnival of Corn
Waging Nonviolence - 5/30/2013.
By Alex Mensing - On Saturday, about 2,000 participants gathered in Mexico City for the Carnaval del Maíz, a “Carnival of Corn” to celebrate Mexico’s rich diversity of native corn, threatened by Monsanto’s plans to introduce a genetically modified variety of the crop.
Genetically modified wheat mysteriously found in farm
MSNBC - 5/30/2013.
Federal authorities are scrambling to find out how genetically modified wheat created by bio-tech giant Monsanto ended up in an Oregon wheat farm. Dave Murphy, the founder of “Food Democracy, Now!” discusses.
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