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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
It's all things maple this Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/23/2011.
This Sunday is when maple sugarhouses around the state are open to the public. The annual event is a showcase for the state’s maple syrup industry, with farms and sugarhouses hosting pancake breakfasts, syrup-making demonstrations, tours, wagon rides and other activities. Often, the demonstrations and tours are free, but pancakes, syrup and other items may be sold.
March Maple Madness: From tree to table, syrup is a versatile ingredient
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2011.
by Emily Burnham. Mainers don’t know how lucky they are when it comes to maple syrup. In other parts of the country, a tiny pint of the sweet, golden liquid costs a pretty penny. But in New England, maple syrup is plentiful and nowhere near as expensive.
A Conversation With Wes Jackson, President of the Land Institute
The Atlantic - 3/23/2011.
Even when he's lecturing you over the phone about the effect of the hydrological cycle on soybean yields in Brazil's Amazon Basin, Wes Jackson sounds like a cowboy storyteller with a slight drawl. His campfire tales, however, are historically minded and deeply academic: he can take you from Brazil back to his native Kansas with the deft phrase, "Let's go back to the Bronze Age for a minute."
Maine chef gets a serving of national attention
Portland Press Herald - 3/22/2011.
by Meredith Goad. Krista Kern Desjarlais didn’t have much time to celebrate her nomination for a James Beard Award Monday afternoon because she was driving to Boothbay in a snowstorm to – what else? – cook for a roomful of people.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 9 - "Nourish Dinner" to Benefit MOFGA

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Tractor Safety

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 27 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care


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