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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
Good Stalk: Rhubarb
Saveur - 4/15/2013.
By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl - There are in fact a wealth of exciting and exuberant ways you can cook rhubarb: braised in syrup until custardy; baked into rustic upside-down cake; whipped into an elegant rhubarb mousse; juiced into lemonade or ruby-tinted granita. Though of course you can do all sorts of things with rhubarb, you probably won't, because here in the United States, rhubarb means pie: rhubarb pie, strawberry - rhubarb pie, rhubarb crumble, strawberry - rhubarb crumble.
Majority of Americans See Organic Label as an Excuse to Charge More
Harris Poll - 4/15/2013.
Poll: As Americans start to feel better about reaching into their pockets, they still may not be ready to dish out extra green on organic items. More than half (59%) agree that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more.
Symptom-Free Bird Flu Case Suggests Wider H7N9 Spread
Bloomberg - 4/15/2013.
By Jason Gale - Bird flu was found in a 4-year-old Beijing boy who has no symptoms of the infection, health authorities said, suggesting more people may be catching the H7N9 influenza virus than reported.
Beetroot juice 'helps lower blood pressure': A glass a day can reduce it by 7%, say researchers
Daily Mail [UK] - 4/15/2013.
By Jenny Hope - Drinking beetroot juice every day could help to lower blood pressure, say researchers.
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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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