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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
Legislator: Report on dairy subsidies silences debate
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – A state senator is accusing the state Department of Agriculture of trying to "squelch" debate on the controversial topic of dairy subsidies. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, who runs a small dairy farm, said the department did not accurately depict the conclusions of the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Maine in a report posted online. Further, Nutting alleges the department did not post a separate report supported by five of the 20 members because it disagreed with the majority.
‘Let’s keep buying home-grown produce’
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Ellen Roberts – First of all I'd like to say, that I am not promoting any advertising of any specific products. I just want to say that I was born and raised in Maine, and am proud to say how good and tasty our home-grown products are.
Gardeners build energy-efficient home with local, natural and recycled materials
Bangor Daily News - 12/5/2009.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – Many of us think we’re being ecologically savvy if we tote groceries in recyclable canvas bags or drive around in a newer model, fuel-efficient car. But to Maia Campoamor and Jacob Mentlik of Montville, living sustainably involves far more. In fact, their lifestyle is about as green as it gets. Their owner-built home, barn, root cellar and three, hoop-style greenhouses, all set on 30 acres off Peavytown Road, form the hub of their organic market garden, a small business called After the Fall Farm.
Cancer from the kitchen?
The New York Times - 12/5/2009.
Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed. The battle over health care focuses on access to insurance, or tempests like the one that erupted over new mammogram guidelines. But what about broader public health challenges? What if breast cancer in the United States has less to do with insurance or mammograms and more to do with contaminants in our water or air -- or in certain plastic containers in our kitchens? What if the surge in asthma and childhood leukemia reflect, in part, the poisons we impose upon ourselves?
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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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