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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
Buy-local campaigns taking root
Kennebec Journal - 5/30/2010.
Dani Nisbet has a very simple explanation for why she helped form a “buy local” group in South Portland this year. When she shops at a chain store, she said, a big chunk of her money goes elsewhere. The people who get that money “don’t come back and shop in our community,” Nisbet said. That premise is behind a growing number of groups that advocate buying local in Maine and nationally.
Food industry defends use of salt
Boston Globe - 5/30/2010.
By Michael Moss – New York: With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food company Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,’’ Alton Brown, a Food Network star, gushes in a Cargill video called Salt 101.
Frost takes toll on apples
Portland Press Herald - 5/29/2010.
By John Richardson – Cumberland: Some Maine apple orchards have lost virtually their entire crops two weeks after being hit by a killer frost. Although many blossoms and early apples appeared to have survived the freeze that began the morning of May 10, they are now wilting and falling to the ground in huge numbers. "I would say 90 percent of our crop is a loss, maybe 95," said Greg Sweetser, whose family owns Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards in Cumberland. "Basically, we're devastated. Wiped out."
Alewives surge in Benton
Kennebec Journal - 5/29/2010.
Benton: Call it an alewife comeback. Earlier this month, a drastically smaller harvest of the fish from the Sebasticook River seemed to point to a short and less successful venture this year for fishermen and the town of Benton. With warmer water temperatures, however, has come a surge in alewives at the Benton Falls Hydro Dam that has led to a modest, if late, boost.
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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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