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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
No brave new world in 1984, but we have pieces of both visions
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Garrison Keillor marked the birthday of Aldous Huxley on July 26 during his "Writer's Almanac" by reviving the debate between those who considered a future like Huxley's "Brave New World," versus those who favored George Orwell's version of the future in "1984."
Monsanto to sell biotech sweet corn for US consumers
Bloomberg - 8/4/2011.
Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s biggest vegetable seed maker, said it will begin selling genetically modified sweet corn in the U.S. this year, the first product it has developed for the consumer market.
Supporting farmers markets creates thousands of jobs
Treehugger - 8/4/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – "What's holding farmers markets back?" That's the question behind a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which determined the culprit to be federal policies that favor industrial agriculture over small and local farms. Change those policies, though, and you get a quick turnaround. According to the report, just a little public funding for 100 to 500 farmers markets a year could create up to 13,500 jobs within five years.
Group proposes Federal protections for alewives
Portland Press Herald - 8/3/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: A national environmental group is petitioning federal regulators to list alewives and blueback herring as a “threatened species” because of declining populations in other states along the Eastern Seaboard.
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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

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