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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
Maine Farm Days to focus on energy
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Leeds: David and Vicky Barker will open their fifth-generation dairy farm to the public Friday and Saturday for Maine Farm Days. Natural Resource Conservation Service soil conservation technician Paul Carmichael said there will be vendors and a variety of educational activities, including a wagon tour, children's learning center, pesticide credit workshops and speakers. He said Maine Farm Days is a great way for the public to witness agricultural technology and learn about farming.
Food just gets better and better when meat is taken off the menu
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
Op-Ed by William Lee – ... Years ago, mentioning that I was a vegetarian provoked incredulity or argument, even among my hippy and progressive friends. Now, however, I hear things like "I was a vegetarian for a while myself," or "I never eat red meat myself – or hardly ever."
Highmoor Farm celebrates 100
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Monmouth: Farmers clad in plaid and tie-sporting politicians turned out in droves Wednesday to help Highmoor Farm celebrate 100 years of agricultural research. "I'm very pleased and proud of all the work you've been doing and will be doing," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. "You definitely are a proud institution of the state of Maine, and the entire delegation is very proud."
Agriculture and the healthcare debate
Common Dreams - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Franklin – President Obama’s plans to reform the healthcare system in U.S. have taken over the headlines in the past several weeks. Doctors, economists, insurance executives, public health experts—all of them are being afforded the chance add their two cents on how to fix our broken healthcare system. The voices that are strikingly absent, though, are those of the agricultural community.
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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 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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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