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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
From farm to pharma: how animals ended up living confinement feedlots guzzling antibiotics
Alternet - 7/6/2009.
By Will Allen – We are now living in a post fast-food-awareness reality, riding on the wake of Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser's books (who rode on the wake of Wendell Berry), films like Food, Inc., renegade farmer heros like Joel Salatin and Eliot Coleman, and the ever-increasing popularity of urban gardening and locavores. But awareness, like anything, has its dark side. Perhaps the hardest thing we post fast-food-aware people face now, is actually doing something – apart from reading the book and watching the movie, that is.
What’s become of school lunch?
Grist - 7/5/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Remember back in April, when I bemoaned Obama’s choice of an industry-friendly school-lunch overseer? The job of administering the USDA’s school-lunch program went to Janey Thornton. She had made her name serving in several capacities for the School Nutrition Association – a conglomeration of school cafeteria managers who have never seen a Tyson chicken nugget they didn’t try to serve to a kid.
EBT card grant applications too farmer-unfriendly
Kennebec Journal - 7/5/2009.
Farmers are very busy people. They're usually up before dawn and spend their long days in backbreaking physical work to sow, tend and harvest crops or manage livestock. They must foil attacks by pests or diseases, they have to be geniuses at repairing ancient and cranky equipment, and their skill with pesky and potentially destructive creatures must also be applied in relationships to the bankers who underwrite their operations.
Lettuce likes the rain, but gardeners are pining for sunshine
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/5/2009.
By Tom Atwell and Ray Routhier – The gardening season is not lost. The people inspired by the bad economy and Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden to grow their own food still have a chance to succeed. The warm-weather crops are suffering but not dead, experienced gardeners and advisers to new gardeners say, and a lot of cool weather crops are thriving. "I think we can't write off this gardening season yet," said Roger Doiron of Scarborough, director of Kitchen Gardeners International, who led a campaign to have the new president plant a garden on the White House lawn. "Things have certainly slowed down in my garden, but nothing has been knocked out."
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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 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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