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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
Scientists untangle multiple causes of bee colony disorder
Environmental News Service - 7/29/2009.
Pullman, Washington: A microscopic pathogen and pesticides embedded in old honeycombs are two major contributors to the bee disease known as colony collapse disorder, which has wiped out thousands of beehives throughout the United States and Europe over the past three years, new research at Washington State University has confirmed.
Food Standards Agency: Organic 'has no health benefits'
BBC News - 7/29/2009.
There is little difference in nutritional value and no evidence of any extra health benefits from eating organic produce, UK researchers found. The Food Standards Agency who commissioned the report said the findings would help people make an "informed choice". But the Soil Association criticised the study and called for better research.
Got the blues?
Kennebec Journal - 7/29/2009.
By Larry Grard – The high-bush variety of blueberry featured at you-pick blueberry farms is faring just fine, thank you. The incessant rains of June and July that have blighted some of the state's wild blueberry fields have not damaged the high-bush plants, area farmers say. They are ready and open for the you-pick season, which lasts for most of the month.
Going with the grain that grows in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 7/29/2009.
By Meredith Goad – When artisanal bakers and farmers get together this weekend at the third annual Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, they'll have lots to talk about – and celebrate. For years, Maine bakers have bemoaned the lack of locally-grown wheat that could help them create fresher, better-tasting bread products. Now the issue is finally taking a giant leap forward with a new $1.3 million federal grant that will be used to develop organic wheat farming in Maine and Vermont.
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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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