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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
Glad tidings he brings to fans of this flower gladiolas
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/29/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Gladioli scream summer. They show up in the garden just as the heat begins to kick in, and when you cut them and bring them inside, they last for a week or more. You just remove the spent blossoms at the bottom of the stock and let the buds closer to the top open up.
Expand your vegetable garden with containers
Bangor Daily News - 1/28/2012.
By Reeser Manley – When the vegetable garden’s beds, as outlined on the coming season’s planting plan, are all spoken for and you wish there was just a little more space for a pepper plant or two or a small patch of that new lettuce variety, think pots.
Climate insurance to protect our food supply?
Common Dreams - 1/28/2012.
By Julia Olmstead – I feel uneasy sleeping in a house without functioning smoke detectors. I lock my doors at night. I salt my sidewalk when it's icy. I always wear my seatbelt. Like most people, I prefer to minimize my chances of getting hurt or wrecking my car or house, despite the fact that my house, my car, and my health are all (thankfully) insured. When it comes to agriculture and climate change, I'd like to see our nation take the same approach.
Forest service relieved to find no ash borers
Kennebec Journal - 1/27/2012.
AP – AUGUSTA — Maine Forest Service insect experts say a "bark-peeling" workshop aimed at finding evidence of tree-killing bugs found no evidence of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect threatening Maine's forests.
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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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