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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
Farm Bill expiration puts forward-thinking food policy at risk
Civil Eats - 10/3/2012.
By Ferd Hoefner – As of this week, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement. There are many who see this as a better course of events than the passage of one of the new bills passed by the Senate and proposed in the House. Others view congressional inaction as no big deal. We beg to differ.
Land acquired over past decade could have produced food for a billion people
The Guardian [UK] - 10/3/2012.
By John Vidal – International land investors and biofuel producers have taken over land around the world that could feed nearly 1 billion people. Analysis by Oxfam of several thousand land deals completed in the last decade shows that an area eight times the size of the UK has been left idle by speculators or is being used largely to grow biofuels for US or European vehicles.
Organic farming: resilience in the time of drought
Common Dreams - 10/2/2012.
While the historic drought that has plagued the Midwest for months wreaks havoc upon many conventional farmers' soil, organic farmers are saying that organic farming is the best way forward to be resilient in the age of climate change.
How to manage a constellation
Doors of Perception - 10/1/2012.
By John Thackara – Over the last hundred years, ecosystems of the Baltic Sea have been poisoned almost to death by outputs from a multitude of industries and farming activities in the nine countries that surround it. Action plans to address elements of the problem have been launched, but progress in restoring Baltic ecosystems has been modest. What’s really needed is a way for all the stakeholders involved – municipalities, farmers associations, research institutes – to collaborate around a shared objective: bringing the sea back to life.
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February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

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

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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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