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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
For now, don’t eat the raspberries
St. John Valley Times - 8/26/2010.
St. John Valley: Residents are being advised by Irving Woodlands to “not eat the berries” and stay out of local areas being sprayed with aerial herbicides, at least until those herbicides have dried. The spraying is part of an ongoing forest-management plan to control competing vegetation on young plantations.
Food safety scrambled
Bangor Daily News - 8/26/2010.
Editorial – The pattern has become all too familiar: There is an outbreak of food-borne illness, the public demands tougher regulations, Congress pledges action and – nothing happens. In 2008, it was peanut butter, the year before spinach and jalapenos. Now, eggs. About 1,300 cases of salmonella are thought to be linked to eggs from two facilities in Iowa. A half-billion eggs have been recalled.
Community-supported fisheries – why they matter
The Working Waterfront - 8/26/2010.
By Rob Snyder – Perhaps more than anything else, the fishing families in Port Clyde became well known because they launched the nation's first community-supported fishing (CSF) operation, selling shares of their fish to consumers ahead of the fishing season based on the community-supported agriculture model.
The care and feeding of time machines
Energy Bulletin - 8/25/2010.
By John Michael Greer – The distinction between intensive and extensive food plant production discussed in last week’s post has implications that go well beyond the obvious. When you garden a backyard or a few acres intensively, you can spare the time, energy, and resources to do things you can’t do on an extensive farm of a few hundred acres, and the payback can be spectacular.
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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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