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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
Old-style apples saving orchards
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2011.
By Clarke Canfield – Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion. After nearly disappearing from the marketplace, apple varieties that were popular decades or even centuries ago are making a resurgence. The varieties, known as antique or heirloom apples, number in the thousands and carry names such as Sheepnose, American Mother, Lady Sweet and Nickajack.
MOFGA To Focus On Climate Change At Common Ground
MOFGA Announcements - 9/7/2011.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will emphasize the need for political, economic and environmental action on global climate change at its upcoming Common Ground Country Fair in the town of Unity on September 23, 24 & 25.

The beautiful bulb on the menu at MDI Garlic Fest
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2011.
By Emily Burnham – In his master plan, Frank Pendola envisions someday having a kind of garlic grower’s collective, where cultivators of the fragrant bulb get together to share varieties, recipes and techniques. For now, though, he’s happy to offer up the 13th annual Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival, a daylong celebration of all things delicious and garlic-y. Eighteen vendors will offer up a mouth-watering variety of garlic-flavored everything from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor.
New magnet school welcomes first students
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Fairfield: Some of Caleb Chadbourne’s earliest memories are of performing chores on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Palmyra, where he has been involved since he was about 3 years old. Chadbourne is clearly comfortable in a farm setting, and with the formation of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences or MeANS, at the former Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield, the 16-year-old Chadbourne sees a chance to reinvigorate his educational career.
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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

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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