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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
Kate's Homemade Butter has cameo in new comedy film
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2013.
By Jessica Hall - OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Kate's Homemade Butter has gone Hollywood. In the new Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2," which opened in theaters Friday, Kate's butter gets laughs for being so tasty a character eats it straight out of the tub.
BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas
National Public Radio - 7/15/2013.
By Jon Hamilton - Scientists and lawyers are scheduled to debate the safety of certain "BPA-free" plastics this week in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas. At issue is whether a line of plastic resins marketed by contains chemicals that can act like the hormone estrogen, and perhaps cause health problems.
The US-EU trade deal: don't buy the hype
The Guardian [UK] - 7/15/2013.
By Dean Baker - There has been a big push out of Washington to convince the public that an economic bonanza awaits us if we can just complete a trade deal with the European Union. This is complete nonsense, unless we define down bonanza to mean finding a quarter on the street.
If You Thought What ALEC and the Koch Brothers Are Doing Was Bad…
Food & Water Watch - 7/15/2013.
By Mitch Jones - The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) is being secretly negotiated by 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Brunei. The Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) includes the 27 nations of the European Union. Both of these proposed trade agreements threaten U.S. food safety rules, infringe upon public and private land with an increased push for fracking, undermine efforts to develop local food systems and increase the privatization of water systems.
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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

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April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

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