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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
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act better protect us from contaminated food?
Grist - 11/11/2010.
Tom Philpott, Grist senior food writer: Well, obviously no single bill can address all the issues we've raised. I guess my answer is: Maybe. The best we can hope for from it is a step, probably a small one, in the right direction. It won't affect the meat supply, for example, which is one of the prime sources of hazard in the food system.
Death of gene patents?
Institute for Science in Society - 11/11/2010.
The US federal government dropped a bombshell on 29 October 2010 when it reversed a longstanding policy. It said that patents should not be granted for genomic DNA as it is a product of nature even when isolated from the organism. However, recombinant DNA, or new combinations for DNA for making genetically modified organisms, or gene therapy, or ‘synthetic life’ remain patentable.
Elections changing food policy
Zester Daily - 11/10/2010.
By Louisa Kasdon – When people went to the polls last week, perhaps they didn't realize they were also voting on what appears on many American dinner tables. The new Republican majority in the House may have a fast and devastating impact on hunger in America. "It's not a done deal yet, but budget cuts for food assistance programs are in the ether,” says Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Death of the Mom & Pop Grocery Store
Public News Service - 11/10/2010.
Smaller, rural grocery stores have disappeared from the landscape, unable to compete as cheaper prices of the major retail chains have lured consumers. Jon Bailey, director of research and analysis for the Center for Rural Affairs, says that when small stores close, it changes more than a town's character.
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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

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