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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
An earthy non-prescription anti-depressant
Grist - 4/8/2009.
By Kit Stolz – Medical researchers in the United Kingdom have found evidence that “friendly” bacteria found in soil may activate the immune system, produce the brain compound serotonin, and help ward off depression. According to a study published last week in Neuroscience, researchers from Bristol University and University College London found that mice treated with the soil agent Mycobacterium vaccae behaved much like mice treated with anti-depressants.
Pesticides blamed for some childhood brain cancers
Organic Consumers - 4/8/2009.
By Heather Hamlin, Environmental Health News – Little is known conclusively about what causes brain cancer in children, but research studies are consistently finding links to prebirth pesticide exposure. A new study finds that children who live in homes where their parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer versus those that live in residences in which no pesticides are used. Herbicide use appeared to cause a particularly elevated risk for a certain type of cancer.
Amid a sea of troubles, ethanol now has an antibiotics problem
Grist - 4/7/2009.
By Tom Philpott – One of the many supreme ironies of corn-based ethanol as “green” fuel is that it relies on the existence of [confined animal feedlot operations] – CAFOs, one of the most ecologically damaging industrial processes in the United States. Now comes information that has trickled out before: the ethanol process relies on copious doses of antibiotics to control the fermentation process – and distillers grains carry heavy traces of them into feedlot rations.
Will new food safety bills really outlaw backyard gardening and end farmers’ markets?
Alternet - 4/7/2009.
By Ari LeVaux – My inbox has been pummeled in recent weeks by a barrage of emails warning me of the evils of HR 875, a bill currently working its way through Congress.
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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

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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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