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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
From ‘hippie farmers’ to regional food supplier, Northern Girl thrives in County
Bangor Daily News - 2/20/2015.
By Julia Bayly - Van Buren: When Leah Cook and her family moved to the St. John Valley 15 years ago and took up organic gardening and raising animals on their Grand Isle farm, she said more than one resident dismissed them as “hippy farmers.” Years later, Leah and her sister Marada Cook have taken all they learned on that family farm, applied 21st century technology and business practices and created Northern Girl to sell local produce to niche markets around New England and along the Atlantic seaboard.
To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges
Common Dreams - 2/20/2015.
By Nadia Prupis - To prevent ruinous climate change and stave off an influx of preventable chronic diseases, Americans must reduce their meat intake and switch to a sustainable, plant-based diet, the top U.S. nutritional panel has announced for the first time.
Thousands of Polish farmers in GMOs, land rights protest
GM Watch - 2/20/2015.
6000 farmers marched in Warsaw to protest the Polish government's failure to address their long-standing demands. After failed talks between Solidarity Union leaders and the prime minister during the afternoon, farmers built an occupation camp outside the prime minister's palace and have vowed to remain until their demands are met.
Scientists call on media to honestly report lack of GMO safety consensus
GM Watch - 2/19/2015.
On the heels of the USDA deregulation of the Arctic® apple - the first GM apple – leading consumer, food safety and environmental groups issued a response to widespread media reports wrongly characterizing the science on GMOs as settled. Scientist representatives of groups including Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Action Network are among over 300 scientists who signed the statement, “No consensus on GMO safety”, which has recently been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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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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