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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
Theft in progress: Big Ag raids the treasury with help from Congress
Grist - 11/17/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – If the straight-up taxpayer swindle taking place in the supercommittee isn't making you angry, you're probably not paying attention. I'm talking about the attempt by agribusiness and a group of willing farm-state representatives to put billions of taxpayer dollars into the pockets of industrial farmers during the ongoing super committee Farm Bill negotiations.
Farm Bill: the view from the grassroots
Grist - 11/17/2011.
By Twilight Greenaway – The odds that most of us laypeople will have any opportunity to influence this year's Farm Bill process are looking awfully slim. Sure, there's still a chance the current, nearly opaque supercommittee process, and the piece of it now known as "the Secret Farm Bill," could break down. But it's also still very possible that the Farm Bill will be passed – if not in secret, now that the word is out, then at least through a process that will put a pane of thick, soundproof glass between us and our lawmakers.
Farmers market sales of raw milk endorsed
Portland Press Herald - 11/16/2011.
By Dennis Hoey – Portland: Farmers may be allowed to sell unpasteurized milk at the city's farmers markets, but they would be required to provide a consumer warning about the alleged dangers of drinking raw milk.
For cereal, natural may not be as natural as you think
Portland Press Herald - 11/16/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – The word "natural" is a favorite among food marketers. Unfortunately, the term is totally meaningless and, according to a recent report, often deceptive. The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit research organization focused on sustainable and organic farming, released a report last month titled "Cereal Crimes: How 'Natural' Claims Deceive Consumers and Undermine the Organic Label – A Look Down the Cereal and Granola Aisle."
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

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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