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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
State media tries to persuade Chinese public GMO food is safe
South China Morning Post - 11/18/2013.
Reuters in Beijing - China’s state media is working overtime to persuade the public that genetically modified food is safe, apparently softening up the population for a policy switch to allow the sale of such food to ensure its 1.35 billion people have enough to eat.
Improvement of Maine food industry important to economic growth
The Maine Campus - 11/17/2013.
By Cameron Paquette - What drives Maine’s economy? Ever since its admittance into the United States in 1820, it’s mainly been timber from its 17.7 million acres of forests, and aquatic wildlife from its 71,379 square miles of combined freshwater and Gulf of Maine seawater. Paper and lobster could possibly be the two most important symbols of Maine’s principal income over the past 193 years of its existence.
Winslow High School grad shoots for Super Bowl ad
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 11/17/2013.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling - Her egg business, Locally Laid, is one of four finalists in a competition that will send one deserving small business’s ad to the big game.
Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
Truthout - 11/17/2013.
By Eleanor J. Bader - According to the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, the number of women-operated farms more than doubled in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007. In fact, female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country's changing agricultural landscape and nearly 1 million women - approximately one-third of total domestic farmers - list farming as their primary occupation. The National Women in Agriculture Association calls it "breaking the grass ceiling." It's that and more.
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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

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

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