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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
‘Cheap food’ can turn out eventually to cost a lot
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Re: the line in N.L. English's review of Norm's Bar and Grill (Dec. 7) that said, "What does it matter if a lot of it came out of a can ... when it tastes good and it's cheap?" Actually, there are hidden costs of "cheap" food.
Maine Observer: Unseen guests bring food to Christmas dinner
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Recently, a new friend asked me, "How many people will join you for Christmas dinner? After a brief pause, I responded, Just the family. We seldom have guests at these occasions. "But from your comments about Thanksgiving, I thought you would be having a large crowd."
From cubicle nerd to cucumber vendor: learning small scale farming in mid-life
The Oil Drum - 12/20/2008.
Guest post from Jim Dunlap (Wyoming) about his experience as a new farmer in Virginia.
SBA’s pick’s ‘analytical mind’ praised
Portland Press Herald - 12/20/2008.
President-elect Barack Obama on Friday officially named a Maine venture capitalist to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. Karen G. Mills of Brunswick is a founding partner of the New York-based equity firm Solera Capital. She chairs Maine Gov. John Baldacci's Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. In 2006, she led the successful referendum campaign for a $50 million research and development bond. 
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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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