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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
New market day expands options for buying local
Portland Press Herald - 6/2/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Buying local food in downtown Portland just got more convenient. Two weeks ago, the Portland Farmers Market added another day, with a new crop of farmers who intend to set up shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday in Monument Square.
Readers send recipes for variation on smooth, sweet rhubarb pie
Bangor Daily News - 6/2/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Rhubarb custard pies! Yum. Sometimes they are called rhubarb creme pie, and unlike the Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pies, which Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” says will take the taste of shame and humiliation out of your mouth, this style of rhubarb pie is very smooth and sweet.
Building a market through community
Bangor Daily News - 6/2/2010.
Perry: Every one of us has visited a small, independent restaurant, business or little shop whose atmosphere is so welcoming, so comfortable, that not only do we feel completely at home, we want to return again and again. Visitors who walk through the centuries-old doors of The Red Sleigh on U.S. Route 1 in Perry are lucky enough to get that feeling.
California poised to approve deadly pesticide for strawberry crop
Grist - 6/2/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The continuing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico helps one see other regulatory controversies in a different light. Take, for example, the battle in California over the use of the pesticide methyl iodide, a chemical so toxic, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "that even chemists are reluctant to handle it."
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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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