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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
Way to grow
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/7/2009.
By Ray Routhier – LEBANON – Ten-year-old Lindsey Glidden bent over the raised-bed vegetable garden she had carefully planted outside her home in early May, and began asking questions. "Can I pick the lettuce yet?" she asked, gazing at four curly-leafed plants glimmering in the sun. "What about the onions? Do I have to wait all year for them?" She didn't have to wait long for answers. "Sure, you can pull a lettuce leaf off right here. But don't pull too hard – you don't want to get the roots," said Joan Shaw of North Berwick, who is volunteering to help Lindsey tend her garden.
California’s water woes threaten the entire country’s food supply
Alternet - 6/6/2009.
By Scott Thill – What a difference an administration makes. Samuel Bodman, the previous secretary of energy under the Bush administration, spent his short term stumping for nuclear power plant construction, polluting the hell out of the Earth, profiting off global warming and trying to significantly downplay America's singular role in greenhouse-gas emissions. The new one? Well, he's a doom prophet with a Ph.D.
Maine graduates leave college, head to the farm
Kennebec Journal - 6/6/2009.
Editorial – For the parents of some college graduates, the idea that their kid would take their diploma – and the thousands of dollars it represents – and turn it into a low-wage job is a little dismaying.
Would you like some GMOs in your coffee?
Grist - 6/5/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Jill Richardson made a good catch on the GMO crop front the other day. She dug up an article from a Boulder, CO newspaper that detailed the debate over local sugarbeet farmers’ request to plant GM seeds within the city limits. The farmers claim that without GM sugar beets, they’ll be unable to meet their Western Sugar Cooperative quota.
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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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