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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
Genetic modification strains old food and drug laws
Los Angeles Times - 3/23/2013.
By Rosie Mestel - When is a fish not a fish but a drug? When government regulators take old laws and twist themselves into knots trying to apply them to new technology.
New England farmers invent creative ways to market food
Portland Press Herald - 3/23/2013.
By Jim Kinney, The Springfield Republican: Deerfield, Mass. - Atlas Farm is growing more than just food - it is growing its business in ways that bring it more in touch with the everyday consumers that it, and all New England farms, need to survive.
Unity College Ups Ante on Green Commencement by Calling for Divestment from Fossil Fuel Investments
Bangor Daily News - 3/23/2013.
By Mark Tardif - The message could not be more clear. Every college or university that claims to be holding a “green” commencement needs to have divested from investments in fossil fuels, or admit that they cannot truly make that claim.
Ogunquit could be first Maine municipality to ban pesticides
Bangor Daily News - 3/22/2013.
By Samantha Stephens, York County Star - The Select Board heard several proposals for ordinance changes at a meeting held Tuesday, March 19. Michael Horn, chair for the Conservation Commission, approached the board asking to amend an ordinance that forbids the use of pesticides and herbicides on town lands to be extended to encompass private property as well.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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