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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
Summer is bountiful at Brentwood Farms
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/14/2011.
Op-Ed by Elizabeth Tarasevich – Two hundred pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes yields 45 jars of sauce for family and neighbors. This delicious goodness will last through the long, cold Maine winter. Brentwood Farms, situated on just over 2 acres of city-owned land next to Evergreen Cemetery, represents the latest trend in city-community sponsorships that provide community gardens in neighborhoods without city-managed gardens.
Issue of radiation-tainted food in Japan escalates
Vancouver Sun - 8/14/2011.
Mushrooms joined the threats to Japan’s food chain from radiation spewed by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, as the country expands efforts to limit the effects of the disaster. Japan is under pressure to enhance food inspections as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination.
Japanese beetles are here to stay
Bangor Daily News - 8/13/2011.
By Reeser Manley – This garden season may well be remembered as the beetle summer. Cucumber beetles in historic numbers caroused on the blooms and leaves of squash, pumpkin and, of course, cucumbers, while Japanese beetles ran rampant among the roses, raspberries, grapes and a host of other garden plants.
Heat wave hobbles harvest outlook
Portland Press Herald - 8/12/2011.
Bloomberg News – Chicago: Corn, soybean and spring wheat harvests in the U.S., the world's largest exporter, will be smaller than the government forecast last month after a damaging heat wave that may signal higher costs for food and biofuel.
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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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