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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
Food stamps should buy only nutritious foods
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2009.
Op-ed by Janis Cross – I was a family economist with the Consumer and Food Economics Research Division of the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., which designed and piloted the Food Stamp Act of 1964. The major goal of the law was to raise the nutrition level among people in low-income households.
Artfully done
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/15/2009.
By Ray Routhier – So what can a gardener learn from an artist? Well, the first thing, says painter Ann Stein-Aaron of Cushing, is that anyone who gardens is already an artist. "You're moving things around, working with colors, working on the visual presentation," Stein-Aaron said. "I like to give the viewer lots of lush color and form and structure to look at – in my paintings and in my garden."
pour vous
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/15/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Maine Maple Sunday is a pretty sweet deal. Maple producers around the state open up their farms and sugarhouses to folks for free as a way to promote Maine's maple industry. The annual event is scheduled for next Sunday, March 22. So now's the time to start planning a visit. Most participating farms offer maple boiling demonstrations and let you stroll among the tapped trees. Many have free syrup samples, some atop ice cream, and many have farm animals to gaze at. Some will even have free wagon or sleigh rides.
Quebec website promotes buying local, organic products
Montreal Gazette - 3/15/2009.
By Michelle Lalonde – "We need to encourage the purchasing of locally produced organic products by making them easily recognizable by the consumer," said Denis Paul Bouffard, president of the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants, or CARTV. The CARTV has also recently launched a label, BioQuebec, which allows Quebec producers to identify their products not only as organic, but as made in Quebec.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

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

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

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

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

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