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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
High risk of Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace
UCLA Newsroom - 5/26/2011.
By Mark Wheeler – In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. Now a follow-up study adds two new twists. Once again the researchers returned to California's fertile Central Valley, and for the first time have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of Parkinson's disease.
Healthier spuds on the menu
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2011.
Editorial – There is no question that potatoes contain a lot of needed nutrients. One potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 21 percent of the recommended potassium. The problem is what most people do to the tubers. They are often filled with sour cream or butter and salt. They are mashed with cream, butter and, sometimes, cheese. They’re fried in oil and doused with salt.
Now that the FDA itself has found BPA in canned foods, will it regulate the poison?
Grist - 5/26/2011.
By Tom Philpott – The next time an FDA panel convenes to discuss whether to ban BPA, the endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical used in can liners, it will have new data to consider – a study by the agency's own scientists. In a just-released report, they tested a range of commonly used canned foods, from peas to chili, and found "detectable" levels of BPA in 71 of 78 samples.
Farmer’s cookbook found its roots in Maine food
Portland Press Herald - 5/25/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Organic vegetable farmer Lisa Turner blames her choice of profession on cold weather gardening guru Eliot Coleman. "It's his fault," Turner said with a smile on a recent afternoon at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, which she owns with her husband, Ralph.
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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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