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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
Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone
Huffington Post - 6/9/2010.
By Eric Holt Gimenez – U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at the joint antitrust listening sessions held by the USDA and Department of Justice (DoJ) were loud enough. If their denunciation of the monopolies controlling our food system – and government inaction on antitrust abuse – is silence, it is only because their voices fell on deaf ears.
Settlement reached in Maine egg farm probe
Kennebec Journal - 6/7/2010.
AP – Turner: A civil settlement has been reached in an animal cruelty case involving Maine's largest egg farm. Under the agreement signed today, Maine Contract Farming of Turner admitted to 10 civil counts of animal cruelty. It will pay $25,000 in penalties and a one-time payment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agriculture for monitoring of hens at egg farms across the state.
Questions crop up after an odd start to growing season
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/6/2010.
By Tom Atwell – This week I'm catching up on the mailbox. It's spring, the gardening season is going well, and there are a lot of little things you should know. This is something I've mentioned in my blog, but not in print, and a lot of people have been asking about it: The damaged foliage, blooms and buds on your plants are from frost damage.
Farmers markets’ pilot program targets food assistance recipients
Bangor Daily News - 6/5/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Skowhegan: Several farmers markets in Maine are involved in a pilot project that the organizers hope will help illustrate a link between more affordable fresh produce and healthier people. The Wholesome Wave Foundation is instituting a “Veggie Prescription” program in Maine that allows doctors to give low-income patients farmers market vouchers so they can make more-healthful diet choices for less money.
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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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