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Organic Farming: Principles and Practices
March 18 and 25, 2015
Viles Arboretum, Augusta



Two-part course designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. Lectures by Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist. Guest lecturers, including local farmers, will also speak and join the discussion. Information and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Syrup makers hope gadget can extend season
Portland Press Herald - 3/7/2011.
Huntington, Vt. – Last year, when the sap stopped running from some of Bruce Curavoo's maple trees, it kept running in others. He got enough to make about 300 more gallons of syrup from his crop. His secret: a tiny adaptor that, when plugged into tap holes, helps reduce the amount of sap flowing back into trees from the vacuum tubing used to carry it to sugarhouses for boiling into maple syrup.
New generation of farmers emerges in Oregon
The New York Times - 3/6/2011.
By Isolde Raftery – Corvallis, Ore.: For years, Tyler Jones, a livestock farmer here, avoided telling his grandfather how disillusioned he had become with industrial farming. After all, his grandfather had worked closely with Earl L. Butz, the former federal secretary of agriculture who was known for saying, “Get big or get out.”
No quick meals, but time saved by not having to shop for food
Kennebec Journal - 3/4/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Farming is about food, and food is about eating, so what do farmers eat? Speaking only for myself, and possibly for Michele, we eat year-round mostly things that we grow or get locally. That gets a little tricky this time of year, which is the time of the "starvation moon" according to Native American science.
Benefits of rules still exceed costs across government – OMB report
Environment & Energy Publishing - 3/4/2011.
Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter. The benefits of federal regulations, including new rules issued last year by the Obama administration, have continued to outstrip the costs, according to a new analysis <http://www.eenews.net/assets/2011/03/04/document_pm_01.pdf> by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

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March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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