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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
Food safety in the 21st century
Grist - 6/21/2009.
By Dave Murphy – Just when America thought it was safe to go back into the grocery store, another food outbreak wakes us up to the fact that there is something seriously wrong with its food safety system. This time it’s Nestle Toll House cookie dough with E.coli, a treat that nearly every kid in America reaches for a few times a month during the summer. This is yet another reminder why it’s important to get the new food safety legislation, currently winding its way through Congress, right.
Vote for your favorite farmers’ market today
Treehugger - 6/21/2009.
By Sara Novak – If you love your farmers' market, now you can show it by voting on America’s Favorite Farmers' Markets. According to AFT, at the end of the contest a large, medium, and small farmers' market will be awarded a title and win a shipment of No Farms No Food® tote bags for the winning market managers to distribute to the shoppers that made it happen. You can vote until midnight on August 8. The winners will be announced thereafter. More and more people are headed back to the farmers' market according to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, which reported that nearly $1.2 billion stayed in local communities from direct to consumer sales—up 49 percent since 2002.
Urban poultry farms ruffle some feathers
Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By P.J. Huffstutter, LA Times – MADISON, Wis. - Jen Lynch and her family live in the heart of the city but roll out of bed to the sound of chickens clucking. Their day starts with cleaning coops, scooping out feed, and hunting for eggs for morning omelets. Eight families in a three-block radius and an estimated 150 families citywide do the same. “It’s our slice of rural life, minus the barns,’’ said Jen Lynch, 35, as Flicka the chicken pecked at her backyard lawn.
Filmmakers offers ‘Food’ for thought
Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By Devra First – Where does our food come from? This is the question posed by producer and director Robert Kenner in his film “Food, Inc.’’ The answer is overwhelmingly “not farms.’’ Kenner creates a portrait of a food system controlled by corporate interests that put profit before people’s health. Putting a face to this are individuals such as food-safety advocate Barbara Kowalcyk, whose son died after eating E. coli-tainted meat; Moe Parr, a seed cleaner who was sued by Monsanto; Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, where animals are fed grass and live in species-appropriate habitats; and food journalists Michael Pollan and film coproducer Eric Schlosser.
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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 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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