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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
USDA honors healthy Maine schools
Bangor Daily News - 12/9/2011.
At a ceremony in Portland, Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, honored 35 schools with HealthierUS School Challenge awards for their commitment to a healthier school environment, according to a press release. Maine has the most HealthierUS schools of all the New England states.
The brutal logic of climate change mitigation
Grist - 12/8/2011.
By David Roberts – In my last post, I discussed a new peer-reviewed paper by climate scientists Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows. It paints a grim picture: 1. The commonly accepted threshold of climate "safety," 2 degrees C [3.6 degrees F] temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, is now properly considered extremely dangerous … Like I said, go ahead and pour yourself a stiff drink.
Aroostook farmer the face of organic growers’ fight against Monsanto
Bangor Daily News - 12/8/2011.
By Kathryn Olmstead – I have wanted to catch up with Bridgewater organic farmer Jim Gerritsen ever since he was named in October to the 2011 list of 25 visionaries who are changing the world by the national magazine Utne Reader. When I finally succeeded last weekend, he was on his way to New York City to give a speech and participate in the Dec. 4 rally and “Farmers’ March” to Zuccotti Park organized by the Food Justice Committee of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Cereal offenders: how do we get the sugar out of breakfast?
Grist - 12/7/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Raise your hand if you serve your kids a bowl of Twinkies for breakfast. Or perhaps they prefer a few cookies instead? According to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) new report on children's cereals, that's effectively what millions of kids are eating in the morning.
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