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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
China’s melons burst after chemical misuse
Boston Globe - 5/18/2011.
Beijing – Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of “land mines.’’ About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu Province were affected, losing up to 115 acres of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.
Pharmaceuticals in fish: we aren’t keeping them out
The Atlantic - 5/18/2011.
By Marion Nestle – The congressional watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has just published a new report comparing the way the FDA deals with inspections of imported foods to methods used by the European methods. The title says it all: "FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage Limited Resources."
BT toxin detected in most pregnant and non-pregnant Canadian females tested
Treehugger - 5/18/2011.
By John Laumer – A first-ever report of such findings, documenting trace levels of Bt protein (Cry1Ab) measured in a majority of (30) pregnant and (39) non-pregnant Canadian women tested, could indicate a serious health risk...or not. Hopefully some informed answers will be forthcoming from FDA and USDA, and from the Canadian authorities, as well.
Spuds, on the Verge of Being Expelled, Start a Food Fight in the Cafeteria
Wall Street Journal - 5/17/2011.
By Jennifer Levitz and Betsy McKay – Portland: Around here, you can find "Maine Potato Candy" – mashed potatoes rolled in coconut and dipped in chocolate – and potato donuts. A popular county fair offers wrestling matches in a vat of potatoes. In a state where spuds are the top agricultural product, locals can't get enough of them, even at schools.
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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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