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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
Organic Integrity Upheld at Portland NOSB Meeting
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/16/2013.
The National Organic Standards Board met April 9-11 in Portland, OR to vote on issues of critical importance to the organic community. Here is a summary of the meeting.
To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right
Take Part - 4/16/2013.
Op-Ed by Lindsey Lusher Shute - In the past year, the mainstream media featured more than a few stories critiquing America’s local and organic foods movement. Vigorous debate is good, but these stories seemed more about selling clicks and papers than getting the facts straight. And that’s bad news for a nation that’s in need of a new generation of young people to provide it with healthy food.
Report on U.S. Meat Sounds Alarm on Resistant Bacteria
The New York Times - 4/16/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained a bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to a new report highlighting the findings.
Six River Farm: Bowdoinham Farming/MOFGA Journeyperson Farm Training Program
Portland Press Herald - 4/16/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - You’d never have guessed it was a cold rainy day in early April, to look at row after row of seedlings in one of the greenhouses at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Farmers Gabrielle Gosselin and Nate Drummond had agreed to meet me there so I could ask them about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Journeyperson Farm Training Program.
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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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