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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
Fall a busy time preparing for next year’s garden
Bangor Daily News - 9/11/2010.
By Reeser Manley – My favorite time of year has arrived. At the end of the workweek, after days of classroom confinement and evenings spent in front of a computer screen, I can spend blue-sky Saturdays helping Marjorie prepare the garden for winter.
Sticky solution: Vermonters pan ‘all natural’ syrup
Portland Press Herald - 9/10/2010.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: A new Log Cabin syrup touted as "all natural" looks a lot like the pure, 100 percent maple product that's the pride of Vermont, right down to its packaging in a plastic beige jug. But Vermont officials, seeking to protect the state's signature commodity, contend that Log Cabin All Natural Syrup is not what it seems, enticing consumers into dousing their pancakes with ingredients that include caramel color, xanthan gum and a paltry 4 percent maple.
Drought tolerance critical, say DuPont and Monsanto. We couldn’t agree more.
Rodale Institute - 9/9/2010.
By Amanda Kimble-Evans – The Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial has been tracking the performance of organically managed fields and conventionally managed fields for the last 30 years. The yield results dispute the oft-cited misconception that organic farming uses more resources to produce less food. And, the resilience of the organically-managed fields in drought years is incredible.
Our energy-gulping industrial food system revealed
Grist - 9/9/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In his recent The New York Times op-ed, "Math Lessons for Locavores," Stephen Budiansky shows that transportation and "modern" (i.e., highly mechanized and chemical-intesnsive) farming make up relatively small parts of industrial food's energy footprint. Consumers in their kitchens, in Budiansky's view, are the real energy guzzlers – so locavores should stop worrying and learn to love industrial food.
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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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