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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
Genetically modified pork one step closer to dinner table
Leader Post, Ottawa - 2/19/2010.
By Sarah Schmidt – Ottawa: Genetically engineered pigs are one step closer to becoming meat on Canadian kitchen tables with the federal government poised to declare that they do not harm the environment. Canwest News Service has learned Environment Canada has determined that Yorkshire pigs developed at the University of Guelph are not toxic to the environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The Volker rule in food safety
Common Dreams - 2/18/2010.
By Rod Leonard – Although President Obama pledged to change the way Washington works—or doesn’t work—nothing much has changed for food safety programs at a time when food safety is a major public health issue. Neither is anything likely to change soon, judging by recent events, particularly in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) charged with the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. Is this a problem for the president? Apparently the White House and USDA don’t think so.
After century of business, former Stinson seafood plant closing
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Gouldsboro: Workers were shocked Wednesday when they were told that the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States would close down for good on April 18, ending more than 100 years of local history. Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the former Stinson Seafood plant in 2004, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon to employees at the facility in the village of Prospect Harbor. With the closure, 128 people are expected to lose their jobs.
Rockweed harvesting: a recipe for sustainability
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Robert L. Valdas and Brian Beal – The ecological and sociological impacts of harvesting rockweeds are at the heart of a growing controversy in Maine, as evidenced by the emergence of anti-harvest alliances. Two of the underlying concerns are: Can rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) be harvested in an ecologically sustainable manner, and does its value as habitat or food for other organisms in near-shore ecosystems warrant a moratorium on harvesting? Here, we discuss ecological aspects relevant to these questions.
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