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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
One ag-gag bill is dead in California, another is approved in Tennessee
Grist - 4/18/2013.
By John Upton - A California state lawmaker withdrew a bill Wednesday that would have prevented animal activists from documenting systematic cruelty inflicted upon farm animals. But there was grimmer news today out of Tennessee, where a similar bill was approved by the state House by a single vote. The ag-gag bill will now go to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam (R), who is expected to sign it.
BPA levels in fetal livers higher than adult exposures
Environmental Health News - 4/18/2013.
Synopsis by Virginia T. Guidry and Wendy Hessler - A new study shows bisphenol A can cross the placenta and get into the developing livers of fetuses. Even more importantly, 80 percent of the BPA measured in the fetal livers was the more active type of BPA - free BPA - which is thought to cause health effects.
Accolades from Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, for North Haven’s Nebo Lodge
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2013.
By Emily Burnham - The praise keeps piling up for Nebo Lodge, the inn and restaurant on the Penobscot Bay island of North Haven. Last summer Food & Wine magazine named Nebo Lodge chef Amanda Hallowell as one of its best new chefs. This month, two separate magazines have lauded the island eatery and hotel for its food and overall experience.
Controversial bill allowing dragging for lobsters supported by Maine regulators
Bangor Daily News - 4/18/2013.
By Bill Trotter - Though a similar proposal was roundly rejected in 2007, a bill that would allow lobsters caught in drag nets to be kept and sold in Maine is back before the Legislature. Like the last time around, there is strong opposition from Maine lobster fishermen against the bill. Unlike 2007, however, the Maine Department of Marine Resources supports the proposal.
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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

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