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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
Contaminated compost? Toxins may be lurking in that bag you’re about to buy
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Thanks to fractured or lax regulations as well as the ubiquitous contamination of our environment by industrial chemicals (particularly heavy metals and pesticides), there's a distressingly real risk of toxic chemicals making it into commercial and municipal compost. And it's a particular problem for organic growers.
FDA admits supermarket chickens test positive for arsenic
Grist - 6/8/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – According to the Associated Press, the FDA has confirmed that chickens given a drug, such as Pfizer's Roxarsone (frequently those destined for the low-cost supermarket shelf), do indeed test positive for inorganic arsenic – just as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found back in 2006. Despite this earlier evidence, the industry had continued to steadfastly maintain that the arsenic could not and did not make it into the meat.
GMO crops threaten livelihood of organic farmers
CBC News - 6/6/2011.
CBS Evening News Clip. The USDA approved the unregulated release of genetically modified alfalfa, which poses a threat of contamination from one farmer's land to another's. And, as Seth Doane reports, the release has organic farmers concerned for their livelihood.
Nash Island sheep shearing is rite of spring, creates sense of community
Bangor Daily News - 6/6/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Nash Island: The hundreds of islands dotting Maine’s Down East coast traditionally have been used to hold herds of sheep for centuries, causing the name Ram Island to appear repeatedly on maps of the Maine coast. During the first week of June for more than 100 years, Addison community members have gathered to shear the sheep.
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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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