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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
'Zombie' bees identified in Vt., 1st in Eastern US
San Francisco Chronicle - 1/28/2014.
By Beth Garbitelli - Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee. Scientists believe it causes neurological damage resulting in erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."
Right on target: New era of fast genetic engineering
New Scientist - 1/28/2014.
By Colin Barras - Researchers have figured out how to target and disable individual genes, one at a time, quickly.
Monsanto protesters arrested, GMO shareholder resolutions fail
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/28/2014.
By Tim Barker - The latest effort by activists targeting Monsanto’s genetic seed work resulted Tuesday in a pair of defeated shareholder resolutions and nearly a dozen arrests outside the company’s Creve Coeur headquarters.
Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive
Phys.org - 1/27/2014.
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer - Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) – an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive – is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
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