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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
Buy-local campaigns taking root
Kennebec Journal - 5/30/2010.
Dani Nisbet has a very simple explanation for why she helped form a “buy local” group in South Portland this year. When she shops at a chain store, she said, a big chunk of her money goes elsewhere. The people who get that money “don’t come back and shop in our community,” Nisbet said. That premise is behind a growing number of groups that advocate buying local in Maine and nationally.
Food industry defends use of salt
Boston Globe - 5/30/2010.
By Michael Moss – New York: With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food company Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,’’ Alton Brown, a Food Network star, gushes in a Cargill video called Salt 101.
Frost takes toll on apples
Portland Press Herald - 5/29/2010.
By John Richardson – Cumberland: Some Maine apple orchards have lost virtually their entire crops two weeks after being hit by a killer frost. Although many blossoms and early apples appeared to have survived the freeze that began the morning of May 10, they are now wilting and falling to the ground in huge numbers. "I would say 90 percent of our crop is a loss, maybe 95," said Greg Sweetser, whose family owns Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards in Cumberland. "Basically, we're devastated. Wiped out."
Alewives surge in Benton
Kennebec Journal - 5/29/2010.
Benton: Call it an alewife comeback. Earlier this month, a drastically smaller harvest of the fish from the Sebasticook River seemed to point to a short and less successful venture this year for fishermen and the town of Benton. With warmer water temperatures, however, has come a surge in alewives at the Benton Falls Hydro Dam that has led to a modest, if late, boost.
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March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

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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