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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
Government cracks down on farmers who hire children
The New York Times - 6/19/2010.
By Erik Eckhom – White Lake, N.C.: The Obama administration has opened a broad campaign of enforcement against farmers who employ children and underpay workers, hiring hundreds of investigators and raising fines for labor and wage violators.
No vacation from good nutrition
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2010.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: The spaghetti was tasty and the atmosphere was welcoming Wednesday evening in the cafeteria at Lincoln Middle School, the site of a new, free summer dinner program that's geared toward families. For Vicki McMahan, a mother of two who has a mental health disability, it's one more way to stretch her food budget.
Mainers decry federal government’s slight against potatoes
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2010.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, knows that potatoes have gotten a really bad rap in the past few years. A surge in low carbohydrate or no carbohydrate diets a few years ago led many people to substitute a serving of mashed cauliflower for an order of mashed potatoes. Despite an aggressive campaign by the potato industry to point out the health benefits of the product, some people still believe potatoes are unhealthful – and it appears that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may agree.
Season’s fleeting, but organic berries abound in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/16/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Strawberry season – one of the sweetest times of year – is upon us, which means now is the moment to snatch up their fleeting goodness. In another month or so, nature’s candy store continues to throw open its doors as blueberries begin to ripen on Maine farms.
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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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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