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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).

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
On job creation – local fruits and vegetables vs. corn and soybeans
Common Dreams - 4/4/2010.
By Ben Lilliston – It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.
Wild mushroom soup may be a taste acquired later in life
Bangor Daily News - 4/3/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Mushroom soup conversations last year in this column elicited this recipe from Jennifer Whyte, who lives on Islesboro. It is just plain delicious.
Chemicals in the water are bending genders in wildlife – is it happening to us, too?
Alternet - 4/2/2010.
By Stephen Messenger – For decades, substances found in many common products have found their into our planet's water and are altering the hormones of wildlife until, in some cases, it changes their sex entirely – and the same thing may be happening to us.
Sacrificing half your lawn allows you to help feed world’s hungry
Kennebec Journal - 4/2/2010.
By Denis Thoet – Turn your lawn – at least half of it, anyway – into a vegetable garden. Here’s the math: Americans have about 20 million acres of residential lawn. An intensively managed acre of garden can feed 50 families for half a year, or 25 families year-round. So year round, 10 million acres of lawn can feed 250 million families, or roughly the population of North America. That’s a start.
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