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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
Antique heaters still draw followers
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2011.
By Tux Turkel – Thorndike: Trimmed in shiny nickel for looks, faced with clear, mica windows for viewing the fire, the Riverside coal stove is a beauty. It's relatively efficient, too, with a "base burner" design featuring a hopper that can gravity-feed 100 pounds of fuel into the firebox. This was cutting-edge technology when the stove was built – in the mid-1800s.
A Maine farmer speaks to Wall Street
The New York Times - 12/5/2011.
By Julia Moskin – Jim Gerritsen lives a far piece from New York City, in a remote part of northern Maine that what was once known as the Potato Empire. But there he was on Sunday – at age 56 making his first trip to the city – to speak at the Farmers March on Wall Street.
Carbon dioxide emissions break growth records
CBC News - 12/5/2011.
Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a record 9.1 billion tonnes in 2010, after a year of the highest growth ever, a new study has found. "This is the highest total annual growth recorded, and the highest annual growth rate since 2003," reported an analysis by the Global Carbon Project published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Organic can feed the world
The Atlantic - 12/5/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – As a journalist who takes issues surrounding food production seriously, it drives me crazy that agribusiness advocates such as Steve Kopperud (and, more recently, Steve Sexton of Freakonomics) dismiss well-thought-out concerns about today's dysfunctional food production system with the old saw that organic farming can't save the world. They persist in repeating this as an irrefutable fact, even as one scientific study after another concludes the exact opposite: not only that organic can indeed feed nine billion human beings but that it is the only hope we have of doing so.
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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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