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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
The N2 dilemma: Is America fertilizing disaster?
Grist - 2/5/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Where does our food come from? These days, most people might think corn, the ubiquitous grain that provides the bulk of feed for our livestock; most of the sweetener for our soft drinks and snacks; and a large amount of our cooking fat. But where does the corn – and other staple crops – come from? The answer to that question lies beneath our feet. Healthy soil is our food system’s bottom line.
Details on NAIS and animal traceability
La Vida Locavore - 2/5/2010.
By Jill Richardson – As I noted before, NAIS is toast. However, the USDA does plan to do SOMETHING in its place. A new PDF put out by the USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has more details about the future of animal traceability. In short, there will be a new system but it will ONLY cover animals moving across state lines.
Cancer and pesticides: victims fight for justice
The Ecologist - 2/4/2010.
By Diana Smith – After long battles, three farmers in France have won legal claims that their cases of cancer and Parkinson's disease were caused by working with pesticides. Now they want to help others fight similar cases.
Genetically-engineered forests
Treehugger - 2/4/2010.
By Alex Davies – Genetic engineering is coming to the forests … Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus, a rapidly growing Australian tree that in its conventional strains now dominates the tropical timber industry.
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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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