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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
An enterprise that sticks
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/20/2011.
By J. Hemmerdinger – York: Jonathan King and Jim Stott never planned to make millions selling jam. When the partners launched Stonewall Kitchen in 1991, they just wanted to earn a few extra bucks to pay off student loans.
MOO Milk, an organic co-op in Maine, struggles for customers
The New York Times - 2/19/2011.
By Katie Zezima – Edmunds: Perched on the rocky coast of far eastern Maine, the farm owned by Aaron Bell and Carly DelSignore is stunning, both in its views of Cobscook Bay and in the distance that the milk they sell must travel to get on the shelves.
Quota reached, shrimp season to end early
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2011.
By David Sharp – Portland: Regulators on Friday voted to shut down New England's shrimp season early for the second consecutive season because fishermen surpassed the target set by biologists.
Create a Frost Heave dessert
Kennebec Journal - 2/18/2011.
By Denis Thoet – News item in local weekly: "The first Augusta Whoopie Pie Challenge Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Utilitarian (sic) Universalist Community Church at 69 Winthrop Street." I love those Utilitarians. They are always doing something useful, especially when it comes to whoopie pies. I think we should go a few steps farther. It's not enough that whoopie pies are in line to be crowned Maine's state dessert, or state snack, or something. It's time to replace "Dirigo" on the State Seal with something more appropriate, like "Whoopie!"
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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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