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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
More than 112 Maine farms to open doors to public
Bangor Daily News - 7/20/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – On Sunday, July 24, more than 112 farms throughout all 16 counties will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb said the annual Open Farm Day gives families and visitors the chance to experience life and work on Maine’s farms. This is the 22nd year of celebrating Maine’s Open Farm Day.
Summer fairs nearly here
Kennebec Journal - 7/20/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Pittston: Steve Welton put the finishing touches on exterior stone facing at the fairground's new exhibition hall Tuesday. The East Pittston mason said the job will be finished by Thursday – opening day of the Pittston Fair, the 60-year-old fair that kicks off central Maine's agricultural fair season.
South Portland farmers market meets demand
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Blue sky, a light breeze and the city's mayor dressed as a watermelon greeted the hundreds of people who showed up last Thursday afternoon for the opening day of the South Portland Farmers Market. Held in Thomas Knight Park on the South Portland waterfront, the market came to fruition after the City Council amended its zoning and licensing rules to allow the market more flexibility.
Kneading Conference rolls up its sleeves
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Mary Burr and her husband Bob were so inspired by the first Kneading Conference in Skowhegan that they went home and grew three acres of barley on their sheep farm in Mercer. They began converting their sheep operation into a vegetable farm, and started thinking about what was next.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

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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