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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
Is local food better? Yes, but there’s more
Common Dreams - 4/20/2009.
By Sarah DeWeerdt – In 1993, a Swedish researcher calculated that the ingredients of a typical Swedish breakfast – apple, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, cream, orange juice, sugar – traveled a distance equal to the circumference of the Earth before reaching the Scandinavian table. In 2005, a researcher in Iowa found that the milk, sugar, and strawberries that go into a carton of strawberry yogurt collectively journeyed 2,211 miles (3,558 kilometers) just to get to the processing plant.
Why we forgot how to grow food
Times of London - 4/19/2009.
By John-Paul Flintoff – Not long before Christmas, a man walked into the care home next door to his house and asked the manager if it would be possible for a group of neighbours to grow food in the vast gardens. The manager said he would be delighted. In the days that followed, the man casually asked various neighbours whether they would like to get involved. They all said yes.
Find farms while they last
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.
By Meredith Goad – For 20 years, Steve Berry wandered the back roads of New England, driving from farm to farm selling aerial photos of fields and farmhouses. Now he is on the road again, logging 60,000 miles a year to make sure the memories of those farms don't disappear. Berry, age 67 and retired from his job as a salesman for an aerial photo company, learned a few years ago that a rival company had at least 25 million aerial photos of farms squirreled away. The photos date back to the 1960s and are a visual record of the changing American rural landscape.
The lawn ranger
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.
By Tom Atwell – The four-step fertilizer and pesticide method of treating lawns just isn't for everyone anymore. Lawns have to get greener, on both sides of the fence. Regular readers of this column know that I am not a big fan of lawns. The grass at our house serves mostly as a path to perennial and shrub gardens.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

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

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