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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
Sen. Bernie Sanders cries “monopoly” in a collapsing milk market
Grist - 7/17/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Earlier this year, the Obama administration’s top antitrust enforcer, Christine Varney, announced a new effort to crack down on monopolist practices in industry. Some of us were particularly interested to observe that Varney’s first speech specifically mentioned agribusiness as a top target. This is understandable since, from fertilizer to meatpacking to seeds, four companies or fewer control up to 80% of each of these markets.
Alfalfa fund to aid local farmer
Kennebec Journal - 7/17/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Leo Murphy decided something had to be done even before Duke Dulac asked for his help while sliding a straight-edged razor over his neck. And by the time Dulac was through shaving his friend's neck, Leo and Duke's Alfalfa Fund had been born. The white, decorated piggy bank that rests on a table inside Duke's Rotary Barber & Beauty Shop on State Street already holds a few hundred dollars to help cover losses caused when a group of partygoers flattened acres of alfalfa at Two Loons Farm in China.
Good weather key to blunting late blight fungus
Bangor Daily News - 7/17/2009.
By Jen Lynds – PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Crops experts with the University of Maine said Thursday afternoon they are “cautiously optimistic” that they can keep the fungal plant disease late blight from ruining Aroostook County’s potato crop. Steve Johnson, crops specialist for the UMaine Cooperative Extension, said Thursday that while blight has been found in fields throughout The County, the extent of the disease is not as bad as they originally feared.
With a gust of wind, an Iowa crop duster can squash an organic farm
Grist - 7/16/2009.
By Kurt Michael Friese – Grinnell Heritage Farm is 152 years old. Andrew Dunham is the fifth generation of his family to work this land about 50 miles east of Des Moines. He is a direct descendant of Josiah Grinnell, founder of the town and the man Horace Greeley once famously quoted as having said, “Go west, young man, go west.” Andrew and his wife Melissa are a few months shy of receiving their formal certification as an organic farm.
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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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