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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
Chicken farms are inhumane
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.
Letter to editor by Robin Watts – The recent undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals at the Quality Egg of New England facility in Turner raises serious ethical questions about the way we treat animals raised for food.
In springtime our thoughts turn to muck
Boston Globe - 4/19/2009.
By Beth Daley – ROCHESTER, Vt: Harland McKirryher knows mud. The rural postal carrier drives more than 65 miles a day in his Chevy 4x4, dodging slime holes, gunning it through pits of brown goop, and skillfully riding the ruts other tires have carved into the ooze like a knife.
Fear feeds genetically engineered crop debate
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta, Maine: Legislators on the Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Committee learned Friday that 12 years after they first began hearing bills on genetically engineered crops, it wasn’t any easier.
It’s a team effort
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2009.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – As the two-wheeled cart rumbled behind them, Bonnie and Olivia trotted down Hogback Mountain Road in Montville, their long ears twitching. “You can tell what my mules are thinking by their ears. They know my voice. They’re in a good mood,” said Glenn Whitfield Martin II, known to family and friends as “G.W.”
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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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