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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
Film shows harm caused by chemicals
Portland Press Herald - 6/14/2012.
Letter to the Editor by Sophie Yang – Fifty years have now passed since the first publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," a monumental work of environmental social critique that provided overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides on the environment, animals and humans. Although Carson's work contributed to the successful banning of the pesticide DDT in the U.S. in 1972, today's planet is still riddled with toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Can garden farming be too successful?
The Contrary Farmer - 6/13/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – This is just mischievous philosophical musing. Don’t take me too seriously. On the other hand… One of my favorite books is the classic “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F.H. King, written in 1911. It details the way food was produced in much of Asia for something like four thousand years and still is in many places there. It was, according to King who traveled the area at that time, an amazing kind of small scale agriculture that, without chemical fertilizer or power machinery of any kind was producing more food per acre at the beginning of the 20th century than farming in America then or now.
Farmland Trust lets family farm remain intact
Kennebec Journal - 6/13/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Roger and Dawn Bickford had always hoped that their 120-acre farm, which had been with the family for more than a century, would remain intact. It remained a dairy farm until 1989, when the primary crops became hay and vegetables. Now, with the help of Maine Farmland Trust, the Bickfords' two sons, Dwayne and Wayne Bickford, have been able to ensure the property will remain intact and forever farmland.
The five farm bill amendments you should keep an eye on
Grist - 6/13/2012.
By Philip Bump – Right now, the Senate is considering the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (read: the farm bill, though ARFJA is also catchy). It left the Senate Agriculture committee and arrived on the Senate floor, where it was promptly peppered with over 90 amendments.
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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 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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