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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
USDA pares farm payments by $152 million due to budget sequester
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2013.
By Charles Abbott, Reuters - The U.S. government will trim payments to 350,000 farmers by about $152 million to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.
Secret to ordering healthier food is seeing how far you have to walk to burn it off
Treehugger - 3/19/2013.
By Jaymi Heimbuch - We've seen that adding nutrition information to menus has helped customers make smarter, healthier decisions about what they're ordering. But what if you also included how far they would have to walk to burn off those calories, for an extra dose of perspective?
Antibiotic use on organic apples and pears proves unnecessary
Natural News - 3/19/2013.
By Carolanne Wright - When we relish a delicious organic apple or pear, we usually don't suspect we are also ingesting a mouthful of antibiotics.
The Folly of Endless Growth on a Finite Planet
Common Dreams - 3/19/2013.
By John Atcheson - Ask any policy wonk, politician or pundit – Republican, Independent or Democrat – about the sine qua non of economic policy, and the chances are pretty good their answer will boil down to one word: growth. But the economy can't continuously grow in a finite world, and we are already bumping up against limits.
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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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