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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
Plenty of pumpkins in Maine patches
Bangor Daily News - 9/20/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Dayton: Keith Harris at Pumpkin Valley Farm, on the edge of the Saco River in Dayton, harvested a 57-pound pumpkin from his fields over the weekend. “I would say we got the fertilizer just right,” he said with a laugh. “It has been a very good crop.” There appear to be plenty of pumpkins in Maine’s patches, a dozen farmers reported. The prices here should not be affected by major pumpkin shortages in New York and Vermont that were caused by Hurricane Irene.
Super weeds pose growing threat to US crops
Common Dreams - 9/20/2011.
By Carey Gillam – Paola, Kansas: Farmer Mark Nelson bends down and yanks a four-foot-tall weed from his northeast Kansas soybean field. The "waterhemp" towers above his beans, sucking up the soil moisture and nutrients his beans need to grow well and reducing the ultimate yield.
Resisting the corporate theft of seeds
The Nation - 9/19/2011.
By Vandana Shiva – We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, which then destabilize agriculture by causing climate chaos, creating new threats to food security.
Wet weather has made bountiful season for mushroom foragers
Bangor Daily News - 9/18/2011.
By Alex Barber – Tropical Storm Irene and other recent rainstorms may have been a nuisance to some, but it’s made for a bountiful season for mushroom foragers. “It’s a wonderful time for mushrooms. There’s lots of them out. Good rains have prompted that,” said founder of Mushrooms for Health in Rockland, Greg Marley.
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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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