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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
Buzz off, Monsanto
Pesticides Action Network - 6/17/2013.
By Paul Towers - Last week, the term “bee-washing” emerged in public conversation. It doesn’t refer to some new bee cleaning service, but to the insidious efforts of Monsanto and other pesticide corporations to discredit science about the impacts of pesticides on bees - especially neonicotinoids - by creating public relations tours, new research centers and new marketing strategies.
Washington State U starts sperm bank for honeybees
San Francisco Chronicle - 6/16/2013.
By Nicholas K. Geranios - There's a lot of buzz atWashington State University over work to develop the first sperm bank for honeybees.
GMO and Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller in our Food and Water?
Global Research - 6/16/2013.
By Colin Todhunter - "Historians may look back and write about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with a massive experiment that is based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise." So said emeritus professor in plant pathology Don Huber in referring to the use of glyphosate and genetically modified crops.
Strawberry harvest looks promising as growers prepare for pick-your-own crowds
Kennebec Journal - 6/16/2013.
By Paul Keonig - With pick-your-own strawberry season starting soon, farmers in the area say this year's harvest looks promising. Ben Marcus of Uncas Farms and Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield, said the store already has had a lot of calls about strawberries. Marcus thinks part of the demand for the business's certified organic strawberries can be attributed to the strawberry being listed on the Environmental Working Group's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of food with the most pesticide residue.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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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