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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
Industrial ag once again demanding free pass to crap in your backyard
Grist - 1/11/2011.
By Tom Philpott – I've long argued that chemical-intensive commodity agriculture could never flourish without the right to pollute freely and stomp on surrounding communities and landscapes. Evidently, Big Ag's greatest champions agree with me. Take the Chesapeake Bay. Once one of the nation's most productive sources of wild food, the area has become a virtual wasteland after decades of serving as a "toilet" for the poultry industry.
With modified seeds, the USDA breaks the rules yet again
The Atlantic - 1/11/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – If you want to understand the Obama administration's schizophrenic attitude toward agricultural issues, consider Tom Stearns. He is the founder and president of High Mowing Seeds, a small Vermont company that sells 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable seeds, primarily to commercial growers.
Number of organic farms growing
Maine Public Broadcasting - 1/11/2011.
By Jay Field – One of the hot workshops at this year's Maine Agricultural Trades Show is called Convergence Equals Sustainability. One group excluded from these sessions, organized by the Maine Farm Bureau, is MOFGA. MOFGA's exclusion comes as it releases a new report, showing growth in the number of organic farms in Maine and in the amount of revenue and jobs they create.
MOFGA, critics will not meet
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: At the Agricultural Trades Show that starts Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center, the Maine Farm Bureau is hosting a "Convergence = Sustainability" workshop for the second year in a row. The theme of the workshop is to promote co-existence of organic and conventional farming along with genetically engineered crops. But members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are excluded from the meeting.
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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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