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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
3 Maine chefs, one restaurant make Beard list
Portland Press Herald - 2/21/2013.
By Meredith Goad - Three Maine chefs and one Portland restaurant have made the long list of semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards. Maine's three semifinalists in the prestigious Best Chef: Northeast category are Krista Kern Dejarlais, chef/owner of Bresca in Portland; Brian Hill, chef/owner of Francine Bistro in Camden; and Melissa Kelly, chef/owner of Primo in Rockland. Portland's Fore Street is a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant.
Instead of Trying to Feed the World, Let’s Help It Feed Itself
Yes! - 2/20/2013.
By Shannon Hayes - “But can we feed the world this way?” As we try to move humanity away from dominant power regimes and thoughtless extraction of the earth’s resources, toward a way of life that honors the earth and all of her creatures, I think this is the most maddening question we can be asking ourselves.
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
The New York Times - 2/20/2013.
By Michael Moss - On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it.
New Report on Farmers Markets & Low-Income Communities
Project for Public Spaces - 2/20/2013.
In 2009, the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with Columbia University, undertook a study to examine what market characteristics successfully attract low-income shoppers.
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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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