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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
Common Ground Fair starts today in Unity
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2011.
Associated Press – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair is under way this weekend in Unity. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. today, 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Fair goes on rain or shine.
Common Ground Fair lets kids flourish, too
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/24/2011.
By Beth Staples – Unity: Mazie Biswell wants a micro pig. To earn the $800 she needs to buy one of the trendy, pint-sized pets, the enterprising 12-year-old sold her hand-made felt pigs for $12 each Friday at the Common Ground Country Fair.
Scarborough bans synthetic pesticides on town property
The Forecaster - 9/22/2011.
By Mario Moretto – Scarborough: The town's fields, playgrounds and other public properties will be synthetic pesticide-free under a policy adopted Wednesday by the Town Council. The policy, which calls chemical pesticides "a major environmental problem and a public health issue," began as a conversation between town officials and members of what is now known as Citizens for a Green Scarborough. It was modeled after similar plans in Rockport and Camden.
Farmer prepared to defy town
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Cornville: A local farmer said he will proceed with a plan to spread 3,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil on farmland despite the objection of the town planners. The Cornville Planning Board ruled Tuesday night that the proposal to truck soil from the C.N. Brown Oil Co. site – next to the Athens Elementary School – to the Strout dairy farm on West Ridge Road is subject to oversight by the town, not the state. Planners said the proposal is not farming, but an industrial and commercial use of land.
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March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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