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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
Penalty timeline of the Turner egg farms
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Quality Egg of New England LLC and Maine Contract Farming LCC are farms doing business as part of the Austin "Jack" DeCoster egg empire in operation since the early 1960s. The DeCoster operation has been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and sanctions by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Commission, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Administration, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Nominee for No 2 USDA job defends organic past
Reuters - 4/1/2009.
By Christopher Doering – The Obama administration's nominee for the U.S. Agriculture Department's No. 2 job on Wednesday defended her work on organic food from Senate critics who questioned whether she could work with other farmers.
McDonalds agrees to pesticide hazard reduction program: working with potato growers, worldwide
Treehugger - 4/1/2009.
by John Laumer – Investor Environmental Health Network reports that "Responding to shareholder concerns, McDonald’s Corporation has agreed to formally survey and promote best practices in pesticide use reduction within its American potato supply chain." Because McDonalds is the USA's largest buyer of potatoes, a good outcome here will propagate to other growers supplying other customers.
Rural myth: you can’t eat healthful foods on a tight budget
Kennebec Journal - 4/1/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – If there's one urban myth Julie Omsberg wants to bust, it's how much it really costs to feed a family a healthful meal. "There is this belief out there that fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive, and that's just not true," Omsberg said. "You should be able to feed your family for under $100 (a week)." Omsberg was a presenter at Tuesday's annual Maine Nutrition Council Conference.
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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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