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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
Chebeague explores economics of farming
The Working Waterfront - 8/6/2010.
By Anna Maine – If you haven't visited Chebeague in the last 10 years, you might not recognize certain parts of the Island. Near the school's baseball field are the newly-built raised beds for the students' garden, crowded with ripening tomatoes, carrots and beets. At the crest of tree-lined Roy Hill Road sits a wooden farm stand, its shelves waiting for the coming crops of potatoes, beans, squash and corn-all grown at nearby Second Wind Farm.
When agrochemical corporations invented nature
Common Dreams - 8/6/2010.
By Julio Godoy – Berlin: A civil society protest against a British agrochemical company that claims it has invented a particular sort of broccoli has again focused attention on the question who owns natural biodiversity, especially vegetables, seeds, and many forms of meat and animal food products.
US Trade Representatives gets taste of blueberry, stresses exports
Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2010.
By Nok-Noi Ricker – Orland: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk got a taste of Maine – in the form of a fresh wild blueberry pie – when he visited the G.M. Allen and Son blueberry farm and processing center Thursday morning. “It was spectacular,” he said. “It was the best blueberry pie I’ve ever had.”
Genetically modified crop on the loose and evolving in US Midwest
Scientific American - 8/6/2010.
By David Biello – Outside a grocery store in Langdon, N.D., two ecologists spotted a yellow canola plant growing on the margins of a parking lot this summer. They plucked it, ground it up and, using a chemical stick similar to those in home pregnancy kits, identified proteins that were made by artificially introduced genes. The plant was GM – genetically modified.
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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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