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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
Environmentalists make their case
Kennebec Journal - 1/21/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Augusta: Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he will challenge states with coal-burning plants that degrade Maine's air quality, but he stopped short of reversing his pledge to roll back environmental regulations that dampen economic development.
Maybe Mitchell could bring together the 2 modes of farming
Kennebec Journal - 1/21/2011.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – A winter highlight for this farmer is the Agriculture Trades Show in Augusta — three days of meetings, workshops, exhibits and reconnecting with friends at each step. This year and last year’s shows, however, have been “blighted” (farmer’s terminology) by some very wrong-headed attempts to “bring together” organic growers and those who grow crops using chemical pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modified practices.
In Vermont, McDonald’s now has real maple syrup
Portland Press Herald - 1/21/2011.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: In maple country of Vermont, consumers know the real thing. So starting Feb. 1, customers at Vermont McDonald's stores can request 100 percent maple syrup or sugar to be added to the restaurant chain's new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal to settle complaints that the company improperly labeled the product as maple flavored in the state.
Lepage and environmental groups focus on Maine’s natural resources
Bangor Daily News - 1/21/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: More than two dozen people, ranging from farmers and foresters to an Olympic gold medalist, had a clear message for Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday: Laws safeguarding Maine’s natural resources are good for both the environment and business.
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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

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