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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
Good farming about real food, not products that resemble food
Kennebec Journal - 7/3/2009.
By Denis Thoet – OK, OK, I have an agenda. Since this column began a year ago, some have told me that I am informing people about farming, not lecturing or advancing an agenda. That is not really true. Farming is far too wide and broad a topic for me to do that.
Crops in crisis
Bangor Daily News - 7/2/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – LINCOLN — Earl Ireland has been farming vegetables for 50 years and said Wednesday that he had never seen weather such as Maine is experiencing now. “Another 10 days of rain and we’ll be out of business,” he said. Ireland raises vegetables and berries on his Lincoln farm, and in a normal year, would have planted 70 acres this spring. “We got in 35. We couldn’t get on the rest of the fields,” he said. The lack of sun and continued rain are causing crops to rot in the fields.
Blight fear trumps spray rule
Kennebec Journal - 7/2/2009.
By Meg Haskell, Bangor Daily News – Rainy weather has left Maine's 55,000 acres of potato fields sodden, creating a perfect environment for a virulent fungal disease known as potato late blight. At an emergency meeting Wednesday in Orono, members of the state's Board of Pesticides Control voted to temporarily override existing regulations and issue licenses quickly to out-of-state aerial pesticide applicators. ... Russell Libby, of Mount Vernon, director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, raised concerns about the proposal.
Will organic farming bring economic opportunities to Portland’s Somali population?
Exception Magazine - 7/2/2009.
By Peter Linsley – Portland, Maine – 10 low-income Somali teens from Portland are taking part in a pilot training program in organic farm management. This past Monday they began their 3 month program through the Center for African Heritage by cleaning out an abandoned barn and house on Falmouth’s River Point property’s previously fertile farmland.
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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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