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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
Book about barns offers a glimpse into Aroostook County and Maine’s history
Bangor Daily News - 12/21/2012.
By Lisa Wilcox, Aroostook Republican & News – Barns are so common, not only in Aroostook County, but in the entire state of Maine, that most residents take their existence for granted. But for one man who lives in the Sebago Lake area, they are fascinating pieces of the state’s history.
Consumers Union Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate
Consumers Union - 12/21/2012.
Consumers Union, the advocacy and policy arm of Consumer Reports, criticized the Environmental Assessment of the Aquabounty genetically engineered salmon released today by the Food and Drug Administration, as flawed and inadequate. “We are deeply concerned that the potential of these fish to cause allergic reactions has not been adequately researched. Further, there have been no safety testing of fish grown in Panama, where Aquabounty intends to raise the salmon.”
The Gift of the Maya
Resilience - 12/21/2012.
By Albert Bates - A revised story of Mesoamerica is emerging through the work of biologists, botanists, and ethno-agronomists exploring and attempting to replicate the ancient systems that produced traditional foods. One example can be seen near modern-day Mexico City, which combined urban waste-disposal, canal dredging, and plant and animal production from both aquatic and terrestrial horticultural complexes.
New laws in Md. and Va. take effect Jan. 1
The Washington Post - 12/21/2012.
By John Wagner and and Errin Haines - Maryland has become the first state to ban the use of additives containing arsenic in chicken feed, a practice already prohibited by Canada and the European Union.
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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

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