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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
Investing in public land is good business for Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/6/2012.
Editorial – A state that prides itself on being open for business ought to know what business it is in. Maine's No. 1 industry is tourism, so it has an interest in preserving public access to woods, coastline, mountaintops and trail systems, just as a paper company cares about its access to trees.
Maine’s grain past inspires Bet Ha’am kids to wheaty endeavor
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/6/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Maine used to be a major wheat-growing state and remained a commercial source for wheat as late as the 1940s. Shai Levite and Toby Rosenberg shared that information last Sunday as fifth-graders at Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland planted a crop of spring wheat.
Federal food aid recipients double their money at local farmers’ markets
Treehugger - 5/5/2012.
By Christine Lepisto – The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in Michigan benefits recipients of assistance from the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), and local farmers.
Clearcut chemicals
Living on Earth - 5/4/2012.
Timber companies in Oregon spray their forests with chemicals to prevent plant growth. The practice was banned decades ago in the state’s national forests. Ingrid Lobet reports on the practice and the residents who are worried that the chemicals are affecting their health.
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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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