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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
Save money by forgoing spray of poisons on lawns
Kennebec Journal - 5/17/2009.
Letter to the editor by Nancy Peavey – In this serious budget crunch, our state and city governments are cutting back important services. Leaders should be looking for all unnecessary spending that can be eliminated. Spending our tax dollars on chemical herbicide and pesticide spraying of government property needs to stop.
The good, the bad, and the deadly of plants
Boston Globe - 5/17/2009.
Book review by Anthony Doerr – When British soldiers arrived in Jamestown in 1676 to quell a Colonial rebellion, a few daring farmers slipped some jimson weed into the British chow. The soldiers hallucinated for 11 days. "One would blow up a feather in the air," writes a historian, "another would dart straws at it with much fury; and another, stark naked, was sitting up in a corner like a monkey."
Greener lawns not ‘greener’
Portland Press Herald - 5/16/2009.
By John Richardson – If the lawns in your neighborhood look thicker and greener than they used to, there's an easy explanation. The use of lawn fertilizers and pesticides increased a whopping sevenfold during the 12-year period ending in 2007, according to the state Board of Pesticides Control. In 1995, Mainers spread about 800,000 pounds of products on their lawns. In 2007, the number was 6.2 million pounds.
The local UP-side of the global DOWN-turn
Common Dreams - 5/16/2009.
By Gregg Kleiner – I grew up on thirteen acres of rural hillside five miles from the one-store, one-school town of Lookingglass, Oregon, where my parents raised me and my four siblings to always try to see the flecks of good in the bad, the stars between clouds in the night sky.
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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

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