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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
Moment of Truth for Farmers with Food Safety
Write to Farm - 9/26/2013.
By Brian Snyder, PASA - Constructive action remains the most critical factor as the final weeks of the Food Safety Modernization Act comment period approach, says Brian Snyder, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). “Our greatest need is for farmers in particular to write informed comments to the FDA that reflect experiences on the farm and in the marketplace, bolstered by a strong commitment to public health and the new science of sustainable systems that is just beginning to emerge.”
Cowgirl
Down East - 9/26/2013.
By Joshua Bodwell - Joann Grohman has published nine books and five thousand blog posts (so far) on the subject closest to her heart: her family cow.
Organic International – Opening New Markets for American Organic Producers
USDA - 9/26/2013.
By Myles McEvoy - Today, we celebrate a historical announcement in the global organic community – beginning in 2014 organic products certified in Japan or in the U.S. may be sold as organic in either country.
Potential groundwater threat seen from composting
Long Island Newsday - 9/26/2013.
By Emily C. Dooley - Public health officials have identified a potential new threat to Long Island's groundwater from an unlikely source: rotting grass cuttings, leaves and other natural debris.
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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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