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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
Raft of environmental bills in legislative hopper
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2009.
Heather Spalding, associate director of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, said one bill would require farmers and others who spray pesticides to notify neighbors within a quarter mile that they intend to apply the chemicals. Neighbors who want more detailed information can then sign up to be part of a registry.
Is America on the brink of a food crisis?
Alternet - 1/29/2009.
If we continue our offenses against the land, we will have a problem far more complex than the failure of our economy.
Organic food: why we grow it, sell it and eat it, and how it can help save our world
Star Press [Muncie, Indiana] - 1/29/2009.
Why should we eat organic food? There can potentially be dozens of answers to this question, but I have basically broken the answers down into five main reasons.
Seed bank for the world threatened by financial crisis
Common Dreams - 1/29/2009.
ARDINGLY, England - A seed bank that is trying to collect every type of plant in the world is now under threat from the global financial crisis, its director says.
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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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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