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MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art Host Showing of “Hanna Ranch”
Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square, Portland


The Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA are collaborating again this fall to bring you the film "Hanna Ranch." This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion.
Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Somali Farmers Find a New Home in Maine
Modern Farmer - 11/20/2013.
By Laura McCandlish - In the fertile soil of Maine, a community of Somali refugees builds a new life.
Hawaii's Big Island Bans Biotech Companies & GMO Crops
Huffington Post - 11/19/2013.
Large biotech companies like Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF have long been experimenting with GMO crops and seeds in Hawaii. They have farms on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai, but they've never operated on Hawaii's Big Island - and now they never will.
Maine coffee roaster, chocolatier named Good Food Award finalists
Bangor Daily News - 11/18/2013.
By Kathleen Pierce - Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland and Belfast’s Bixby & Co. are finalists in the fourth annual Good Food Awards. Announced today, the awards for outstanding American food producers is a coveted distinction in the craft and slow-food movement. The event is organized by the Seedling Project, a San Francisco-based group that promotes sustainable living through food.
Poverty Grows in Many Counties Alongside Higher Farm Subsidies
Environmental Working Group - 11/18/2013.
By Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist - Many counties where federal crop insurance subsidies rose between 2008 and 2012 also had an increase in poverty over that period, a finding that undermines the oft-repeated arguments that farm subsidies help reduce rural poverty, an Environmental Working Group analysis shows.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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