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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
Two big announcements at Agricultural Trades Show
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Products weren't the only thing attracting Agricultural Trades Show attendees Tuesday. Politics did, too, including the announcement of an open-space campaign and a study touting the economic benefits of organic agriculture. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association released a study Tuesday saying Maine's organic producers generate at least $36.6 million in sales, support 1,600 jobs and keep 41,000 acres of farmland in organic production annually.
First-day attendees heap on the praise at agriculture meet
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Helen Carlson of Dresden came to Agricultural Trades Show on Tuesday to learn more about flowers. The 80-year-old said she and her husband, Benhard, 83, have been farming all their lives, raising dairy cows and selling vegetables at a roadside farmstand.
Three cheers for organic farming
The Times Record - 1/12/2011.
Editorial – Looking for something to cheer you up on this blizzardy day? Here’s a news item from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association that calls for celebration: It’s an economic study written by Jed Beach that underscores the growing importance of organic farming in Maine.
Study shows organic farm numbers grow in Maine
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 1/12/2011.
AP – Augusta: An organic farming association has released a study showing Maine's organic farmers generate more than $36 million in annual sales and support 1,600 jobs.
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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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