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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
Maine Fare winners named
Portland Press Herald - 9/15/2009.
A pair of amateur cooks won the chance to join respected Portland chefs Sam Hayward and Jeff Landry in their restaurant kitchens during the recent recipe contest held in conjunction with last weekend's inaugural Maine Fare event in Camden.
If JBS-Pilgrim’s deal goes through, four mega-firms will dominate the meat
Grist - 9/15/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Brazilian firm JBS – the globe’s largest beef processor – was on the verge of buying U.S. chicken giant Pilgrim’s Pride. Although the companies have since remained mum on the tie-up, rumors of an imminent deal continue to swirl.
Student grateful for work, lessons from farm project
Portland Press Herald - 9/15/2009.
Letter by Sumaya Mohamed – I live in Riverton Park and I go to Deering High School. I worked this summer at River Point in Falmouth. I was employed by the Organic Farming Project of the Center for African Heritage, learning how to grow vegetables and raise livestock. We were paid with stimulus funds administered by Goodwill Workforce Solutions.
Seaweed harvest dispute swirling
Bangor Daily News - 9/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Cobscook Bay: Chouan Strongin shoots her seaweed rake over the side of her dory, catching the tops of rockweed plants in its tines and then slicing it with the blade below. With a twist, Strongin captures the seaweed she has just cut and flips it into her boat.
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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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