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Growing Issues – Join the Discussion!

The Portland Museum of Art is once again partnering with MOFGA for a series of events about growing programs and issues in our communities. All events take place in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium and are free for PMA and MOFGA members ($10 for the general public).

March 26
The Hidden World of Bees & Pollination
6:30 p.m.

Hear Christy Hemenway from Gold Star Bees, Heather Spalding, MOFGA Deputy Director, and Fedco Seeds founder, C.R. Lawn, talk about our pollinators and the national and local issues that concern them and our food supply. Maine honey and mead tasting to follow.

April 4
Inside the Portland Food Co-op
11:00 a.m.

Food co-ops are nationally on the rise. Learn why these organizations are so integral to a sustainable community and about the Portland Food Co-op’s unique mission to serve the community.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Weed Dating’ aims to sow seeds of rural romance at Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - 9/18/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: Ah, farming. The romance of the fields; the beauty of the land. But sometimes it can be lonely at the (garden) plot. That’s why young orchardist Eliza Greenman of Mercer is organizing a special, free event at this weekend’s 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair: “Weed Dating.”
Farm Bill benefits Big Ag, not small family farms
Kennebec Journal - 9/18/2012.
Letter by Richard Rudolph and Nicole Karatzas – The biggest item on Congress' to-do list is how to deal with the farm bill before it expires at the end of September. The farm bill sets our nation's agricultural and food policy, including food assistance and rural development programs, but it also lavishes billions of taxpayer dollars on large, profitable agribusinesses.
Farmers pressure Congress on Farm Bill
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
Editorial – Washington: Farmers from Maine and other New England states were making the rounds on Capitol Hill last week as part of a last-minute campaign to pressure Congress to complete work on a new five-year Farm Bill before the current one expires at the end of the month.
Common Ground fair mapped out online
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
By Rachel Ohm – Waterville: Working as a cartographer for National Geographic has given Ross Donihue, 23, an appreciation for maps as a storytelling tool. The Waterville native's travels have brought him from the coffee plantations and canopies of Costa Rica back to his hometown to design an interactive online map for this year's Common Ground Country Fair, which opens Friday in Unity.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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