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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
Turning capitalism on its head by cooperating for sustainable food
Alternet - 4/12/2010.
By Vanessa Barrington – Innovative new ways of doing business are blossoming on both coasts. MOO Milk and Bob’s Red Mill show how food companies that serve eaters, workers, and farmers can be the wave of the future.
Maine Farmland Trust Launches New Farm Viability Program
Maine Farmland Trust - 4/12/2010.
Maine Farmland Trust has launched its new Farm Viability Program, which is designed to help farms become more successful and to help new farms get established.
Food safety in the US: we’re on red alert
Common Dreams - 4/12/2010.
By Andrew Kimbrell – The United States once had one of the safest food systems in the world, but now, 70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year. It is a sad fact: since 9/11, far more Americans have been killed, injured or hurt because of our lack of a coordinated food safety system than by terrorist acts that challenge our Homeland Security system.
Catch-sharing rules set up complicated system
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Beth Quimby – New regulations are about to fundamentally change the groundfishing industry in Maine and other New England states. Overnight many New England fishermen, known for their fierce independence in an industry famous for its gold-rush mentality, will be fishing cooperatively in groups, sharing the catch assigned to them by regulators. They will depend on each other to obey strict new limits lowering the amount of fish that may be caught for many species.
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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

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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