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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
Chipotle Doubles Down on Organic
Daily Finance - 9/21/2013.
By Jeremy Bowman - Chipotle Mexican Grill has always sought to distinguish itself from the typical fast-food competition. The company most proudly stakes its identity on its support of organic and local food, and sustainable farming methods.
Young Maine Entrepreneurs Set Sights on Business Success
Maine Public Broadcasting - 9/20/2013.
By Jennifer Mitchell - We often hear a lot about how television and video games are stifling the creativity and impeding the personal growth of young people. Rarely do we hear about kids' entrepreneurial spirit. But at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, youths ranging in age from 11 to 21 had a chance to sell their wares today – to bargain, barter, and network like the business people they hope to become.
Maine: a coastal destination for dining on classic American food
The Guardian [UK] - 9/20/2013.
By Jillian and Malcolm Bedell - The rocky coast of Maine, with its beaches, fishing villages and thousands of islands, offers fantastic eating opportunities that stretch way beyond the traditional lobster roll.
Maine PUC chief won't recuse himself in water case – yet
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2013.
By Colin Woodard - The Fryeburg Water Co. is seeking PUC approval of the terms of a 25-year contract with Nestle Waters North America, which bottles Fryeburg water under its Poland Spring brand. Nestle Waters is a subsidiary of Switzerland's Nestle SA, the world's largest food and beverage company. But the proceedings have been in jeopardy because all three PUC commissioners and the state's public advocate have ties to Nestle.
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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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