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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
To Hemp, Hops and Haskap, Add a Portion of Hope
Rustik Magazine - 1/24/2013.
Good info from a recent conference in Nova Scotia about these three crops. Haskap is Lonicera caerulea, honeyberry or edible honeysuckle. Fedco sells it.
Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again.
Pesticides Action Network - 1/23/2013.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that workers in Iowa and North Carolina exposed to certain organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides had significantly higher prostate cancer risk. The organophosphate pesticides fonofos, terbufos and malathion, one of the most commonly used organophosphate insecticides in the United States, was linked to increased prostate cancer risk; and a family history of prostate cancer combined with exposure to organochlorine pesticides (such as aldrin and lindane) was significantly associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Maine Food Strategy reaching out to reap ideas
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila - Eating local gets a lot of lip service, but according to research done by Mark Lapping, only about 10 percent to 14 percent of the food eaten by the average Mainer comes from Maine. "Right now Maine imports the vast, vast majority of its food and most of it comes in on trucks," said Lapping, who is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Policy.
Chef Sam Hayward Goes to Bat for Sockeye Salmon
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Meredith Goad - “If we’re going to hope for support for our efforts in the northeast to conserve and rebuild and renew and revitalize our fisheries and our fishing communities, then I also think we have to be actively involved in supporting fisheries and communities elsewhere,” says Sam Hayward of Fore Street, one of Portland’s best-known chefs.
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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!"

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