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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
New initiative designed to help connect farmers, consumers
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: When several Belfast City Hall employees joined a community-supported agriculture program this summer, they ultimately cooked up much more than just the fresh vegetables from Bahner Farm in nearby Belmont.
What’s in a name, anyway?
Kennebec Journal - 10/13/2011.
By Denis Thoet – It's an article of faith at the farm that organically raised food tastes better, and is better for us than food grown by "conventional" agriculture with its chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified crops. A 30-year study by the Rodale Institute confirms that organic farming has other substantial benefits.
Land trusts provide critical role in state conservation movement
Kennebec Journal - 10/12/2011.
Op-Ed by George Smith – Maine's land trusts provide the ground troops for the state's conservation movement. Many Mainers have toiled for decades – most as volunteers – to protect, conserve and maintain our very best places.
Fledgling farms ripen at Six River
Portland Press Herald - 10/12/2011.
By Brooke Dojny – I recently spent a couple of days touring several midcoast farms and markets with a group led by John Piotti, director of Maine Farmland Trust. MFT is a statewide nonprofit with the mission of protecting Maine's farmland and keeping farms working. The Trust, which has helped preserve more than 22,000 farm acres since its founding in 1999 and hopes to save 100,000 acres by 2014, uses a series of creative models designed to achieve its goal.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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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