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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
Hands-on kind of student digs lot deeper than most
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/12/2011.
By Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Emma Robinson broke some ground at Casco Bay High School, literally and figuratively. Her "intensive" at the school, a week-long exploration of a subject involving the whole school, led to the creation of a community garden which should provide fresh vegetables for the school's lunches.
Rockweed harvesting concerns likely will resurface
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/12/2011.
By Beth Quimby – So far James Young of Windham has had no complaints as a rockweed harvester in New Meadows River between Bath and Brunswick. But Young, who switched this year to rockweed after 20 years as a sea urchin diver, said he doesn't know what to expect when he heads Down East later this season.
Improving school food: do it now or pay the price later
Civil Eats - 6/11/2011.
By Kari Hamerschlag – On May 30, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to cripple the nation’s budding effort to do something about the woeful quality of school food and make America’s kids healthier. Ignoring the mandate to develop science-based, healthy food standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the committee’s bill directs the USDA to ensure that its standards will not increase costs to schools.
A people-center approach to improve access to food
Energy Bulletin - 6/10/2011.
By Matt Styslinger – According to Alexandra Spieldoch, Coordinator of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture, simply producing more food will not eradicate world hunger. Spieldoch believes that the ongoing global food crisis – fueled by social unrest and climate instability – requires governments to take a comprehensive, people-centered approach to support small-scale farmers and to put access to food above overall production.
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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

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