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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
Study finds pesticide link to childhood leukemia
Organic Consumers - 7/30/2009.
Agence France Presse: Washington - Patients with childhood leukemia have elevated levels of household pesticides in their urine, according to a new study by the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Neighbors near and far aid vandal-damaged farm
Kennebec Journal - 7/30/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Leo Murphy knew he was doing something right when the waitresses at an Augusta restaurant began giving him money. "I went to Rebecca's and the girls were leaving me their tips," Murphy said. "I think it's unbelievable, really." Those tips, along with a fistful of checks and cash and a piggy bank's worth of change, were handed over Wednesday to Spencer Aitel and his wife, Paige Tyson, co-owners of Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm in China.
Berry growers assess tough new fungus
Bangor Daily News - 7/30/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Jonesboro, Maine: As blueberry growers filed out of a meeting at the University of Maine research center Wednesday night, one muttered under his breath, “This is going to be a nightmare.” He was talking about Valdensinia leaf spot, a fungus just now being found in Maine’s blueberry fields, and the steps growers must take to eradicate it. “If you see it, get rid of it,” Dr. Seanna Annis, a plant pathologist at the University of Maine, told more than 50 growers at the meeting. “Be vigilant. You may have to give up that area to save the rest of the field.”
With House food-safety bill on the verge of passing, questions remain
Grist - 7/30/2009.
By Tom Philpott – The House will vote today on a momentous, controversial plan to overhaul a large swath of the nation’s food-safety system. The vote comes amid yet another round of recalls. On Tuesday, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of “one lot” of salmonella-tainted cilantro, distributed by a company called Frontera Produce.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

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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