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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
Two Warren farms to be preserved forever
Village Soup - 10/18/2011.
Warren – Two Warren farms were recently recognized as "Forever Farms" by Maine Farmland Trust. Hatchet Cove Farm and Oyster River Farm are two of many farms across the state being recognized as part of a new program launched this summer by Maine Farmland Trust.
Grant given to study bee preservation
Portland Press Herald - 10/17/2011.
Amherst, Mass. – Researchers in five eastern U.S. states are getting federal support to study the decline in native bee populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's $3.3 million grant is intended to help researchers find ways to maintain a diverse community of wild bees. They're needed to keep pollinating apples, low-bush blueberries, pumpkins and other important crops.
Law emphasizes farming’s use of integrated pest management
Kennebec Journal - 10/15/2011.
Op-Ed by Kathy Murray – Maine's producers have a long tradition of using practical, least-risk farming methods. When it comes to producing our food, organic and conventional farmers alike rely on a wide variety of techniques for stacking the deck in favor of a healthful, pest-free crop. In agricultural circles, this anti-pest approach is called integrated pest management, or IPM for short.
Conference at Colby links chemicals to obesity
Bangor Daily News - 10/15/2011.
By Alex Barber – Waterville: Lack of exercise and overeating aren’t the only factors contributing to an alarming rate of obesity in the country, said a group of doctors at a Colby College conference Friday. “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action,” was the subject of a daylong forum in the Diamond Building.
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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

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