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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
Panel: climate change is real
Kennebec Journal - 9/25/2011.
By Amy Calder – Unity: Climate change is real, it's serious and it must be addressed now. That was the message from a panel of experts Saturday at a public policy teach-in at the Common Ground Country Fair. "It's really important to understand the science, I think," said Unity College President Stephen Mulkey. "I think the science is often minimalized or lost in translation."
Sprouting up all over
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Ray Routhier – Starting a school garden can come with some pretty tough challenges. For one, it takes the help of volunteers, who may already be tied up with other commitments at the school. Plus, somebody has to take care of the garden during summer, when school is closed. Still, people involved with school gardens across Maine say they are uniquely rewarding and can be part of just about any subject a school teaches.
Ferry Beach students elevate garden to a sustainable ecosystem
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco has given a new name to its organic garden. "We are calling it a 'sustainable food ecosystem,' " said John Ibsen, coordinator of the school's Food for Thought program. "This garden is our feeble attempt to replicate a natural ecosystem." Ibsen showed a bit of a twinkle when he mentioned the new name, but it fits with the school's goals.
Radioactive rice ‘far exceeding’ safe levels found in Japan
Common Dreams - 9/24/2011.
By Chikako Mogi – Tokyo: Japan found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop, requiring thorough inspection of the rice to be harvested from the region, the farm ministry said late on Friday.
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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

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March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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