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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
We need more markets – and veggie eaters
Grist - 8/26/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Earlier this week, I asked the question: How many farmers markets is too many? On a related note, this new study [PDF] looked at Americans' fruit and vegetable consumption – one of the main variables driving farmers market sales. How close do we come to eating the recommended five servings a day? Not very. Only about one-quarter of Americans manage it.
Forget potatoes: Idaho now grows CAFOs
Grist - 8/26/2011.
By Twilight Greenaway – When the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (Proposition 2) passed in California in 2008, it granted laying hens nominally more space in their cages. Industrial egg producers – claiming their costs would go up – threatened to leave the state before 2015, when key portions of the law go into effect. Perhaps sensing an opportunity, Idaho lawmakers passed a series of laws more or less inviting the poultry industry to their state.
Gardeners urged to act ahead of Hurricane Irene
Village Soup - 8/25/2011.
Orono: Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart Sr. with the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Irene is "forecast to become a larger than average hurricane." This means its wind field, both of tropical storm-force and hurricane-force winds, will cover a large area. East of the storm's eye is where the strongest winds will be. With so much wind, UMaine Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist Mark Hutton advises gardeners to harvest tomatoes that are starting to show color, peppers that are of an adequate size and green beans that are ready for picking.
Farmers’ market with a twist: immigrants in Maine hope to cultivate customers
Portland Press Herald - 8/24/2011.

By Jason Singer – Portland: It's early in the morning on a beautiful summer Monday. In preparation for the farmers market in Monument Square, an employee from Risbara's Greenhouse sets up a tent near Congress Street. She puts out begonias and purple impatiens. The yellow petals of her brown-eyed Susans sparkle under the pristine blue sky. Once the tent is ready to go, there's only one problem: no other farmers and no customers.

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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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