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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
Public market alive and thriving in Portland
Bangor Daily News - 11/26/2011.
By Robert F. Bukaty – Portland: When the Portland Public Market closed down in 2006, Kris Horton and a couple of other vendors couldn’t let the dream of an inner-city market die. “None of us really wanted to go and set up shop on our own, so it was either choosing to close or rebuild something in terms of what we believed in,” she said. What they believed in became the Public Market House, a small-scale community gathering place that houses seven vendors and a community kitchen at 28 Monument Square. An eighth vendor is moving in soon.
Can growing vegetables really save you money?
Bangor Daily News - 11/26/2011.
By Reeser Manley – Can I lower my food costs by growing vegetables in a home garden? This is a simple question with anything but a simple answer. Before bringing in all of the complicating factors, we can look at this question in its simplest form: Will organic vegetables grown in a home garden cost the gardener less money to produce than the purchase price of the same organic vegetables at the local farmers market?
The anatomy of a factory farmer turkey
Treehugger - 11/24/2011.
Jaymi Heimbuch – You're likely already aware of how terrible factory farming is for the animals raised in the facilities. From beef to chickens, pigs to turkeys, the conditions are awful and the animals have anything but a natural upbringing. However, as most of us prepare to sit down to a giant cooked bird tomorrow, we may wonder exactly how a factory farmed turkey differs from heritage turkeys raised humanely.
Seeds of evil
Portland Phoenix - 11/23/2011.
By Deirdre Fulton – A Maine farmer, backed by 275,0000 like-minded individuals, has found himself at the forefront of a fight against the most dastardly figure in agriculture: the seed and biotechnology company Monsanto, which to some represents everything that is wrong with farming today. Aroostook County potato farmer Jim Gerritsen, recently chosen as one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2011" by the Utne Reader, is a local David going after an international Goliath.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

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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