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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
Maine Farm Days to focus on energy
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Leeds: David and Vicky Barker will open their fifth-generation dairy farm to the public Friday and Saturday for Maine Farm Days. Natural Resource Conservation Service soil conservation technician Paul Carmichael said there will be vendors and a variety of educational activities, including a wagon tour, children's learning center, pesticide credit workshops and speakers. He said Maine Farm Days is a great way for the public to witness agricultural technology and learn about farming.
Food just gets better and better when meat is taken off the menu
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
Op-Ed by William Lee – ... Years ago, mentioning that I was a vegetarian provoked incredulity or argument, even among my hippy and progressive friends. Now, however, I hear things like "I was a vegetarian for a while myself," or "I never eat red meat myself – or hardly ever."
Highmoor Farm celebrates 100
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Monmouth: Farmers clad in plaid and tie-sporting politicians turned out in droves Wednesday to help Highmoor Farm celebrate 100 years of agricultural research. "I'm very pleased and proud of all the work you've been doing and will be doing," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. "You definitely are a proud institution of the state of Maine, and the entire delegation is very proud."
Agriculture and the healthcare debate
Common Dreams - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Franklin – President Obama’s plans to reform the healthcare system in U.S. have taken over the headlines in the past several weeks. Doctors, economists, insurance executives, public health experts—all of them are being afforded the chance add their two cents on how to fix our broken healthcare system. The voices that are strikingly absent, though, are those of the agricultural community.
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