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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
MOFGA Appoints Russell Libby As Senior Policy Advisor
MOFGA Announcements - 10/16/2012.

At its Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) appointed long-time Executive Director Russell Libby to a new position: Senior Policy Advisor. This appointment underscores MOFGA’s commitment to creating innovative public policy that supports organic local agriculture, protects the environment, and illuminates for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.

MOFGA head Russell Libby stepping down
Kennebec Journal - 10/16/2012.
Unity – Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will resign Nov. 2 to become the organization's senior policy adviser. Heather Spalding, MOFGA's deputy director, will be interim executive director. "After 17-plus years as MOFGA's executive director, it feels like the right time to be moving to new challenges in my life," Libby said in a press release Tuesday. Libby became MOFGA's executive director in 1995 after more than a decade on the organization's board of directors.
Parsing of Data Led to Mixed Messages on Organic Food's Value
The New York Times - 10/16/2012.
By Kenneth Chang – A team of scientists laboriously reviewed decades of research comparing organic fruits and vegetables with those grown the usual way. They found that, as many had suspected, the organic produce, farmed without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, was more nutritious, with more vitamin C, on average, and many more of the plant-defense molecules that in people help shield against cancer and heart disease. That is probably not the study you heard about.
The good news about organics
Columbia Journalism Review - 10/16/2012.
By Curtis Brainard – In the long-running debate about whether organic food is more healthy and nutritious than the conventional variety, the press has shown a preference for covering research rejecting the averred value of organics. Such was the point of a clever, but incomplete piece of criticism that appeared in The New York Times’s weekly Science Times section on Tuesday.
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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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