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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
Random USDA testing finds 34 unapproved pesticides on cilantro
Treehugger - 6/5/2011.
By Sara Novak – Hold the guacamole for just a moment and make sure that your cilantro is organic. Food safety came front and center this week when random USDA testing found 34 different varieties of pesticide residue atop a batch of conventional cilantro.
Genetically engineered salmon’s fishy promises
Grist - 6/5/2011.
By Paul Greenberg – The AquAdvantage salmon, in case you haven't heard about it, is an Atlantic salmon with a (much larger) Chinook salmon growth gene inserted into its DNA. This is coupled with a promoter from a third fish, an ocean pout, that keeps that growth gene more or less permanently in the "on" position. This makes for a fish that grows faster than an unmodified salmon.
General store to emphasize community
Kennebec Journal - 6/4/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Whitefield: The old-time general store could be found in every community in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taryn Hammer and Ben Marcus want to bring back the experience of simpler days gone by with Sheepscot General, their new store in a remolded milking parlor at Uncas Farms on Townhouse Road in Whitefield.
Fairgrounds will host 11th Fiber Frolic
Kennebec Journal - 6/3/2011.
By Michael Shepherd – Windsor: Llamas, alpacas, goats, rabbits – and the farmers who raise them for fiber spinning and weaving – will descend on the Windsor Fairgrounds this weekend for the 11th annual Maine Fiber Frolic. Betty Stover, the owner of Spinnakees' Farm in Augusta, said the event is laid back and is "one of the best fiber shows around" next to September's Common Ground Fair in Unity.
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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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