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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
Federal grant helps fund $1million food processing plant in Van Buren
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Van Buren: A $200,000 grant from the federal Northern Border Regional Commission is providing the final funding needed to construct a $1 million vegetable processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers. The 120-foot-by-40-foot facility will be owned by the town of Van Buren and leased to Northern Girl, LLC, a food processing company based out of Vassalboro, but with St. John Valley Roots. “Northern Girl is a company that will produce and process Maine-grown fruits and vegetables,” said Marada Cook, one of the principles of Northern Girl.
Why are we eating bluefin tuna to extinction?
Grist - 11/21/2011.
By Paul Greenberg – The Atlantic bluefin tuna – an animal that reaches 1,500 pounds, swims at 40 miles per hour, heats its blood 20 degrees above ambient and crosses the breadth of the ocean – is in serious trouble. The Western, American stock has declined by about 80 percent, and by about 70 percent in its Mediterranean spawned population.
5 ridiculous myths people use to trash local food – and why they’re wrong
Alternet - 11/19/2011.
By Jill Richardson – It's become predictable. At nearly regular intervals, someone, somewhere, will decide it's time to write another article "debunking" the local food movement. The latest installment is by Steve Sexton, posted on the Freakonomics blog (which also treated us to a previous post called "Do We Really Need a Few Billion Locavores?").
Farmers, consumers rally to support man’s selling of ‘raw milk’
Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Blue Hill: Small-scale farmers and Mainers who buy directly from them held a boisterous rally Friday to support a Hancock County man sparring with agriculture officials over his right to sell “raw milk” and other products from his farm without a license.
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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 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

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