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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
Organic Integrity Upheld at Portland NOSB Meeting
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/16/2013.
The National Organic Standards Board met April 9-11 in Portland, OR to vote on issues of critical importance to the organic community. Here is a summary of the meeting.
To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right
Take Part - 4/16/2013.
Op-Ed by Lindsey Lusher Shute - In the past year, the mainstream media featured more than a few stories critiquing America’s local and organic foods movement. Vigorous debate is good, but these stories seemed more about selling clicks and papers than getting the facts straight. And that’s bad news for a nation that’s in need of a new generation of young people to provide it with healthy food.
Report on U.S. Meat Sounds Alarm on Resistant Bacteria
The New York Times - 4/16/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained a bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to a new report highlighting the findings.
Six River Farm: Bowdoinham Farming/MOFGA Journeyperson Farm Training Program
Portland Press Herald - 4/16/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - You’d never have guessed it was a cold rainy day in early April, to look at row after row of seedlings in one of the greenhouses at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Farmers Gabrielle Gosselin and Nate Drummond had agreed to meet me there so I could ask them about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Journeyperson Farm Training Program.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

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

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