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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
Bumper 2011 grain harvest fails to rebuild global stocks
Earth Policy Institute - 1/11/2012.
By Janet Larsen – The world’s farmers produced more grain in 2011 than ever before. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the global grain harvest coming in at 2,295 million tons, up 53 million tons from the previous record in 2009. Consumption grew by 90 million tons over the same period to 2,280 million tons. Yet with global grain production actually falling short of consumption in 7 of the past 12 years, stocks remain worryingly low, leaving the world vulnerable to food price shocks.
Five packaged foods you never need to buy again
Grist - 1/11/2012.
By Jane Mountain – What did you resolve to do this year? Eat healthier? Avoid processed foods? Stay away from GMOs? Stop buying products foisted on you by the man? Reduce the size of your weekly garbage bag? Become a domestic god(ess)? I want to do all of those things, which is why I am so damn excited about this post.
Pesticide board adds products to lists of seeds
Kennebec Journal - 1/10/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: The state's pesticide control board has agreed to add two new Bt-corn products to the list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine. Maine now allows 21 Bt products with insecticidal genetic traits to be planted in fields now that Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a multinational biotech company and subsidiary of DuPont, won a bid to register its two new Bacillus thuringiensis corn here.
Proposed Windham greenhouse project would employ 170
Portland Press Herald - 1/10/2012.
By Leslie Bridgers – Windham: A massive greenhouse project proposed for land off Route 302 would occupy the space of seven Walmarts and could cost more than the proposal for The Forefront development on Thompson's Point in Portland. John der Kinderen of Arundel is proposing to build 37 acres of greenhouses for a new company called Sebago Farms that would raise hydroponic vegetables and fish to sell to food distributors throughout the Northeast.
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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

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