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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
Hills-to-Sea Trail June 1 opening set
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 5/28/2013.
Waldo County Trails Coalition's official opening of its downtown Unity-to-MOFGA trail is June 1 - National Trails Day. The opening and hike will begin at 10 a.m. at the wooden bridge on Main Street, across from the health center, according to a news release.
EU regulator suspects BASF insecticide of harming bees
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Ludwig Burger and Charlie Dunmore - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a statement on Monday that BASF's fipronil poses an "acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize", citing dust drift in particular.
Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Alister Doyle - A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world's growing population, the head of a new United Nations panel on biodiversity said on Monday.
Study shows dangers of BPA chemical used in plastic packaging
The Independent - 5/27/2013.
By Steve Connor - Further evidence has emerged showing that a chemical used widely in plastic packaging and the lining of drinks cans may be harmful to health. The latest study has shown that bisphenol A (BPA) can affect the way genes work in the brains of laboratory rats, although other scientists have questioned the relevance of the findings to humans.
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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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