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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
Computers aid comeback of co-ops
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2010.
By Valerie Tucker – Farmington: Food co-ops never died. They just simmered on the back burner, waiting for a revival of the 1960s' and 1970s' enthusiasm for whole foods and healthy eating. Renewed awareness of the importance of safe, local food sources brought the movement out of quasi-retirement, but today's food co-op members have something their parents didn't: computers.
Sow early: Many farmers betting warm weather is here to stay
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Cape Elizabeth: Normally, Bill Bamford plants peas at Maxwell Farm in Cape Elizabeth around mid-April. This year he put the peas in March 19 and the corn a week later, the earliest he has ever planted in his 35 years of farming. "It is a big gamble at this point, because the rule of thumb is you can get a frost almost to Memorial Day," said Bamford.
It’s a plot!
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/25/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A couple of new events are designed to get you out looking at plants – and maybe even buying a few. The Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day is being held Saturday at greenhouses and garden centers all across the state. It was created over coffee during the Maine Agriculture Show in Augusta in January.
Documentary opened eyes to nation’s food processing
Kennebec Journal - 4/25/2010.
Letter to editor by Brandi Wheeler – Now that summer is fast approaching, it is the season for fresh vegetables from our local farmers. I just watched the documentary "Food, Inc." based on Eric Schlosser's book, "Fast Food Nation" and Michael Pollan's, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," and had my eyes opened as to the way food is grown and processed in this country.
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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

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