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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
A popular wild Christmas tree, Canaan fir, is imperiled because of a ravenous bug
The Washington Post - 12/22/2013.
By Darryl Fears - In West Virginia’s scenic Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with its gently sloping mountains and emerald acres of timber, Mike Powell relishes the perks of his job as a caretaker of the land: the sounds of a gurgling stream and the fresh pine scent of evergreens.
GM Crops Bring Brazil Lower Yields and Higher Chemical Use
Sustainable Pulse - 12/22/2013.
GM crops in Brazil have brought higher agrochemical use and lower yields and productivity, according to a new report based on government data.
Grasslands Get Squeezed As Another 1.6 Million Acres Go Into Crops
National Public Radio - 12/22/2013.
By Dan Charles, The Salt - As the year winds down, we here at NPR are looking at a few key numbers that explain the big trends of 2013. Today's number: 1.6 million. That's 1.6 million acres – about the area of the state of Delaware. That's how much land was removed this year from the federal Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, which pays farmers to keep land covered with native grasses or sometimes trees. Most of that land now will produce crops like corn or wheat.
Natural Label Should Not Include GMO Foods
Food Poisoning Bulletin - 12/21/2013.
By Linda Larsen - The Center for Food Safety has called on the FDA to not let GMO foods carry the “natural” label. The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association has announced it would submit a petition to the government to define the term “natural” to include foods produced using genetic engineering. CFS is asking that the FDA exclude genetic engineering from any definition of “natural” and to not make any decisions without public input.
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February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

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March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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