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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
Penalty timeline of the Turner egg farms
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Quality Egg of New England LLC and Maine Contract Farming LCC are farms doing business as part of the Austin "Jack" DeCoster egg empire in operation since the early 1960s. The DeCoster operation has been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and sanctions by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Commission, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Administration, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Nominee for No 2 USDA job defends organic past
Reuters - 4/1/2009.
By Christopher Doering – The Obama administration's nominee for the U.S. Agriculture Department's No. 2 job on Wednesday defended her work on organic food from Senate critics who questioned whether she could work with other farmers.
McDonalds agrees to pesticide hazard reduction program: working with potato growers, worldwide
Treehugger - 4/1/2009.
by John Laumer – Investor Environmental Health Network reports that "Responding to shareholder concerns, McDonald’s Corporation has agreed to formally survey and promote best practices in pesticide use reduction within its American potato supply chain." Because McDonalds is the USA's largest buyer of potatoes, a good outcome here will propagate to other growers supplying other customers.
Rural myth: you can’t eat healthful foods on a tight budget
Kennebec Journal - 4/1/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – If there's one urban myth Julie Omsberg wants to bust, it's how much it really costs to feed a family a healthful meal. "There is this belief out there that fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive, and that's just not true," Omsberg said. "You should be able to feed your family for under $100 (a week)." Omsberg was a presenter at Tuesday's annual Maine Nutrition Council Conference.
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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

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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