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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
Boom in urchin harvest flips Maine's ecosystem
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2013.
By Clarke Canfield - A boom that led Maine fishermen to harvest millions of pounds of sea urchins for the lucrative Japanese market depleted the species, turning the ecosystem upside-down and creating ideal habitat for an urchin predator that has flourished, a new scientific study says.
Search is on for tetracycline replacements in organic orchards
Capital Press - 3/25/2013.
By Steve Brown: Portland, Ore. - Though researchers have tested several treatments that may be able to replace oxytetracycline in organic apple and pear orchards, they say they need more time to find the most effective way to fight fire blight.
Pictures: Green Walls May Cut Pollution in Cities
National Geographic - 3/25/2013.
By Bertrand Garbel - These vegetated surfaces don't just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building's energy efficiency.
One in five French bottled waters 'contain drugs or pesticides'
The Guardian [UK] - 3/25/2013.
By Kim Willsher - Researchers analysed 47 widely available brands, and discovered 10 were contaminated with minuscule amounts.
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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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