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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
Blueberry ‘posset’ perfect dish for the season
Bangor Daily News - 8/22/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – Bonnie Jardin of Cherryfield, right there in blueberry country, sent this recipe back in 2007 when we were discussing blueberry cake. “I know you’re looking for blueberry cake recipes,” she wrote, “but I couldn’t resist sending along this one for Blueberry Posset. My mother learned of this dish from an old-time Mainer many years ago; it is one of our family treasures.”
Persevering through tough jobs
Bangor Daily News - 8/21/2009.
By Meg Adams – Lorenzo began his life as a migrant worker at age 7. He has hauled watermelons, picked apples, and bent over the vines of tomato plants to pluck the round fruits on endless, hot days.
Getting Real About The High Cost Of Cheap Food
Time Magazine - 8/21/2009.
The U.S. agricultural industry can now produce unlimited quantities of meat and grains at remarkably cheap prices. But it does so at a high cost to the environment, animals and humans. Those hidden prices are the creeping erosion of our fertile farmland, cages for egg-laying chickens so packed that the birds can't even raise their wings and the scary rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among farm animals. Add to the price tag the acceleration of global warming — our energy-intensive food system uses 19% of U.S. fossil fuels, more than any other sector of the economy.
Atrazine acts in the brain to disrupt the hormones that trigger ovulation
Environmental Health News - 8/20/2009.
Synopsis by Heather Patisaul, Ph.D. – The common and highly-used herbicide atrazine can act within the brain to disrupt the cascade of hormone signals needed to initiate ovulation, finds a study with rats published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction.
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