At this year’s Spring Growth Conference, co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (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. Registration, which includes lunch, is $50 individual, $75 couples, $25 students and apprentices.

Keynote speaker John Aber from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire will discuss future climate and land use scenarios in the context of the wildlands and woodlands and Food Solutions New England vision. He’ll then lead attendees in a discussion of ways to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of milk and vegetable production by closing cycles.

In the afternoon, MOFGA’s organic crop specialist, Eric Sideman, will facilitate a farmer panel discussion of practices on the farm. The panel includes Bill and Lauren Errickson of Singing Nettle Farm, a horse-powered permaculture farm in Brooks, Maine; Michael Bahner of Bahner Farm, a diversified vegetable operation in Belmont, Maine, that practices intensive composting; and Tasha Brodeur of Tasha’s Veggies, a Parsonsfield, Maine, farm specializing in heirloom varieties and human-powered farming techniques.

For more information and to register, call 207-568-4142 or visit mofga.org and go to the events tab. You will find Spring Growth listed under March.