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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
Lab study establishes glyphosate link to birth defects
Institute for Science in Society - 10/4/2010.
By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – It started in 2002, two years after the large scale introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans to Argentina. People were reporting birth defects from exposure to glyphosate sprays during pregnancy; and the problem got worse.
Farm-to-School's Teachable Moment
Other Words - 10/4/2010.
By JoAnne Berkenkamp – Schools throughout the country are shaking up the cafeteria through new initiatives to improve children's health while giving a boost to local farmers. It's time to give the mystery meat a break and bring out locally produced apples, squash, tomatoes, and chicken.
A recap of the FDA’s ‘Frankenfish’ hearings
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Jill Richardson – The government recently held three days of meetings about whether to approve the "AquAdvantage" salmon – genetically engineered (GE) to grow faster thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout – for human consumption. As I reported here, the FDA special committee charged with evaluating the safety of the fish seemed likely to rubber-stamp the super-size salmon.
Fixing USDA dietary guidelines won’t fix our diets
Grist - 10/4/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Reporter Jane Black has a good overview of the upcoming revision of USDA dietary guidelines in today's Washington Post. As she observes, Big Ag and Big Food typically resist any attempts by the government to give specific advice on which foods and how much of them you should eat.
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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

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

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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