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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
Flame retardants found in butter
Discovery News - 12/7/2010.
By Emily Sohn – As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter.
Home-grown
Boston Globe - 12/7/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – This fall, Katherine Creswell, 27, spent a month eating only food from Maine. She manages the organic garden at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Climate change to kill 5 million people globally by 2020
Treehugger - 12/7/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Each year there are 350,000 people dying due to climate change, with a total death toll by 2020 of five million; each year after that deaths from climate change are likely to be as high as one million people annually – that is unless we take action to soften the blow with immediate and rapid greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Benefit supper at Perry School helps dairy farmer
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: Dairy farmer Herb McPhail tensely clutched a coffee cup and hung around outside the Perry School gymnasium, pacing in the hallway. Inside the gym were more than 200 friends and strangers who had come together to help McPhail. “I never in my life thought I’d see a benefit for a Maine dairy farmer,” said Bill Eldridge, executive director of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. – one of the event sponsors and the company that buys McPhail’s milk.
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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 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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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