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Spring Growth Conference:
Farming in the Face of Climate Change
Saturday, March 7, 2015 (snow date March 8)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity


On-farm nutrient cycling is a key way that farms can build resilience in the face of climate change. At this year's Spring Growth Conference, co-sponsored by MOFGA, Unity College and The Resilience Hub, participants will hear about historical trends impacting Maine's weather patterns and the theoretical opportunities for closing the nutrient loop. The keynote speaker is John Aber from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire. MOFGA's organic crop specialist, Eric Sideman, will facilitate a farmer panel discussion of practices on the farm. Details and registration.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Ag expo is sure growing
Kennebec Journal - 1/11/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 69th agricultural trades show this week. The three-day event, hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture, is today through Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center.
Going local – safely
Kennebec Journal - 1/10/2010.
Op-ed by Rep. Jeff McCabe – The trends speak for themselves: local farming is booming across the country, with Maine leading the charge. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers markets increased by 13 percent in 2009 and industry experts expect the trend to continue to boom in 2010. In the past 15 years, farmers markets have tripled, with much of the growth occurring in the past few years.
Revamped Bangor garden show to bloom anew
Bangor Daily News - 1/9/2010.
By Jessica Bloch – Bangor: After a one-year hiatus, one of the region’s sure signs of spring will blossom again in 2010. The city’s annual garden show, which was not held last year for financial reasons and after a drop in attendance in 2008, is scheduled to run from Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25.
Dairy farm support system under fire
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2010.
By Ethan Wilensky-Lanford – Maine's shrinking number of dairy farmers are "barely surviving" under a state milk subsidy system that is struggling to provide the financial support necessary to sustain their operations. The 315 dairy farms in the state are 78 fewer than in 2004 and 184 fewer than those that operated in 2000.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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