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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
Oakland business using local apples and maple syrup for hand-crafted alcohol
Bangor Daily News - 3/18/2011.
By Christopher Cousins. Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery in Oakland is producing what its owners say is probably a one-of-a-kind liquor: Knotted Maple. Made from Maine maple syrup, it's as any hard liquor and much smoother than most people expect. Distillery co-owner Steve Buchsbaum likened its taste to a smooth Scotch.
Processed food makes us sick, adds costs to our health care
Kennebec Journal - 3/18/2011.
By Denis Thoet – There is nothing like a few up-to-date facts to jolt us into the reality that processed food is making us sick and costing our health care system a lot of money. A recent study published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, showed that a diet of whole foods could reduce the incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by 64 percent.
Farmers expected to testify in favor of local food processing and sales bills
Bangor Daily News - 3/18/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: Rep. Walter A. Kumiega had been buying raw milk from a local farmer for a while when the farmer told him he was running into some serious problems. “He was being told [by the Maine Department of Agriculture] that he can’t advertise, that he needed a special license,” Kumiega said. The farmer was delivering his raw milk to a local buying club, not stores, and felt the regulations were unfair.
Forget the gloom – new ways of living and organizing our economy are flourishing
Grist - 3/17/2011.
By Tom Philpott – While digging into the industry's routine abuse of farmers and reckless endangering of public health, I was haunted by the thought that these were the folks on whom we're supposed to be counting to "feed the world" going forward, according to the likes of The Economist and certain factions of the Obama administration. Sigh.
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February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

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

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March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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