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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
Agriculture fair brings customers to farmers
Bangor Daily News - 3/1/2010.
By Judy Harrison – Bangor: A Glenburn couple Sunday found exactly what they were looking for – a local farm growing organic vegetables where animals are not killed for food. Shannon Prescott and Seamus Walsh are vegans, vegetarians who do not eat animal products including milk, eggs or cheese. “This is our first experience with community supported agriculture, and it is pretty cool,” Walsh said as he and his wife gathered information from the dozen farmers who set up tables at the Reform synagogue.
USDA dumping livestock ID plan
Kennebec Journal - 3/1/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – A controversial federal livestock-tagging program that had earned the scorn of Maine farmers is being scrapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The National Animal Identification System is being replaced with a more flexible plan for tracing animal diseases that would apply only to animals sold across state lines, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Feb. 5.
Hooking up with farms
Portland Press Herald - 3/1/2010.
By Ann Kim – Portland: Think of it as speed dating for vegetables. That's one description Adrienne Lee of New Beat Farm in Jefferson heard for the community-supported agriculture fairs held around Maine on Sunday. "There are a lot of different options," said Lee, who helped organize the Portland fair. "People get to shop around."
Common weed killer chemically castrates frogs, study finds
Grist - 3/1/2010.
By Agence France-Presse – Washington: One of the most common weed killers in the world, atrazine, causes chemical castration in frogs and could be contributing to a worldwide decline in amphibian populations, a study published Monday showed. Researchers compared 40 male control frogs with 40 male frogs reared from hatchlings until full sexual maturity in atrazine concentrations similar to those experienced year-round in areas where the chemical is found. Ninety percent of the male frogs exposed to atrazine had low testosterone levels, decreased breeding gland size, feminized laryngeal development, suppressed mating behavior, reduced sperm production, and decreased fertility.
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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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