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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
Force-fed: How corporate sponsorship poisons nation’s top group of nutritionists
Grist - 1/28/2013.
By Anna Lappe - In a powerful just-released report, public health attorney and author Michele Simon delves into just how deep the ties are between America’s food industry and those dieticians and nutritionists who are supposedly helping inform the public about what’s good to eat.
EU stops short of insecticide ban
Agence France-Presse - 1/28/2013.
The European Commission failed to ban neonicotinoid insecticides but will develop "stringent" measures to protect bees from their dangers.
Belfast business gives farmers, food processors space to succeed
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Belfast: Cheryl Wixson may have spent some of this week scrubbing fresh marinara sauce out of her hair, but she’s still thrilled about the reason why. Wixson and her husband, Phillip McFarland, have been testing the brand-new food preparation equipment that they’ve moved into space rented in Coastal Farms and Foods, Inc.
Future of agriculture in Maine strong, if challenges are met, UMA panel says
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 1/27/2013.
By Susan McMillan - Augusta: A panel at the University of Maine at Augusta on Sunday reported that Maine's land, growing conditions and location in the Northeast make the state well-positioned for growth in agriculture. Challenges include land prices, the workforce and infrastructure to support farms, said John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust. Orchardist Marilyn Meyerhans and farmer L. Herbert "Bussie" York were the other speakers.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

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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