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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
Farming at a crossroads: will farmers rely on agribusiness or find alternatives to fight superweeds?
Treehugger - 3/7/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – As the debate over 2,4-d—the widely-used herbicide and Agent Orange ingredient—rattles on in Washington, a larger battle is taking place on American farms over how the fight against superweeds will be fought in the future.
The fight to label genetically modified foods goes national
The Atlantic - 3/7/2012.
By Marion Nestle – I was just handed a petition for a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods. I signed it, but how come GM foods aren't already labeled? Labeling GM foods should be a no-brainer. Practically everyone wants them labeled.
Maine’s farmers likely to regret Agriculture-Conservation merger
Kennebec Journal - 3/7/2012.
Op-ed by George Smith – I can't wait to pick tomatoes at Mount Blue State Park, and I'll bet those fields of pumpkins in Camden Hills State Park will be a big hit with kids come Halloween. Great idea – putting state parks and public lands in Maine's Department of Agriculture! Maybe that's just the spark that farming needs to regain its place in the state's economy. More than likely, it will be something the state's agricultural industry regrets in the years to come.
Year-round gardening in Maine? Really? Really
Portland Press Herald - 3/7/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – David Tidwell didn't intend to create a business. He only wanted to build a greenhouse that would allow his wife, Marlene, to grow organic vegetables year-round at their home in New Gloucester.
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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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