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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
Antique heaters still draw followers
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2011.
By Tux Turkel – Thorndike: Trimmed in shiny nickel for looks, faced with clear, mica windows for viewing the fire, the Riverside coal stove is a beauty. It's relatively efficient, too, with a "base burner" design featuring a hopper that can gravity-feed 100 pounds of fuel into the firebox. This was cutting-edge technology when the stove was built – in the mid-1800s.
A Maine farmer speaks to Wall Street
The New York Times - 12/5/2011.
By Julia Moskin – Jim Gerritsen lives a far piece from New York City, in a remote part of northern Maine that what was once known as the Potato Empire. But there he was on Sunday – at age 56 making his first trip to the city – to speak at the Farmers March on Wall Street.
Carbon dioxide emissions break growth records
CBC News - 12/5/2011.
Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a record 9.1 billion tonnes in 2010, after a year of the highest growth ever, a new study has found. "This is the highest total annual growth recorded, and the highest annual growth rate since 2003," reported an analysis by the Global Carbon Project published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Organic can feed the world
The Atlantic - 12/5/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – As a journalist who takes issues surrounding food production seriously, it drives me crazy that agribusiness advocates such as Steve Kopperud (and, more recently, Steve Sexton of Freakonomics) dismiss well-thought-out concerns about today's dysfunctional food production system with the old saw that organic farming can't save the world. They persist in repeating this as an irrefutable fact, even as one scientific study after another concludes the exact opposite: not only that organic can indeed feed nine billion human beings but that it is the only hope we have of doing so.
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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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