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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
Drift catchers use citizen science to fight pesticide pollution
Grist - 10/16/2013.
By Lori Rotenberk - When Laura Krouse heard the roar of a crop duster as it flew low, ducking under utility wires to lay down a blanket of herbicides, she sprang into action. Working deftly, she set up a small air vacuum resembling a clothes hanging rod close to her field of vegetables, corn, and hay, not far from where the plane was spraying the neighbor’s 10,000-acre farm. There, it would inhale samples of the air to later be tested to see if the chemicals were drifting onto her land.
Farming as Therapy: Maine Prisoners Grow Food – and Self-Awareness
Maine Public Broadcasting - 10/16/2013.
By Jennifer Mitchell - With the arrival of autumn, farmers across the state are drying their feed corn, putting piles of pumpkins by the road and fattening up turkeys for the Thanksgiving market. So too is a crew of inmates at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren. At Bolduc, prisoners serving the last few years of their sentences can learn what it takes to grow their own food, and run a farm. As Jennifer Mitchell reports, the prison farm was once one of the biggest agricultural producers in the state. Today, it's a more modest operation focused on vocational education and therapy.
Ethical Farming: Germany Ponders the Super Chicken
Der Spiegel - 10/16/2013.
By Michael Fröhlingsdorf - Every year, millions of male chicks are discarded because of the demands of industrial chicken farming. Now a German company has engineered a new breed that could solve the problem – but it comes with drawbacks of its own.
Commentary - Climate Resilient Agriculture starts with Soil Protection
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs - 10/16/2013.
By Dr. Rattan Lal - The extreme weather and drought the U.S. has experienced in 2012-13 may become a new norm and the impacts of global climate change will be even more severe in certain regions, known as global hotspots, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South America. These regions are already prone to declining agronomic yields and increased food insecurity due to the adverse effects of climate change.
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February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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