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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
Director calls this year’s Common Ground Country Fair ‘one of best ever’
Kennebec Journal - 9/27/2011.

Unity: The weekend's Common Ground Country Fair gave people a chance to catch up with their friends and neighbors – about 59,000 of them. "This is really a Maine fair," said fair director Jim Ahearne, who added that 600 farms and businesses from the state took part in the 35th annual celebration of rural living.

Study debunks myths on organic farms
The StarPhoenix [Canada] - 9/27/2011.
By Paul Hanley – The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
Education, commerce highlight Midcoast presence at Common Ground Fair
Village Soup - 9/26/2011.
By Shlomit Auciello – Unity: Two days of overcast skies and intermittent rain did little to deter visitors to the Common Ground Country Fair, from across the country and around the world. Midcoast residents were among the 1,300 vendors, exhibitors and educational presenters at the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Whether they were preparing food for nearly 60,000 fairgoers, teaching them how to grow and use Maine's wealth of plants, providing entertainment and information, running livestock through their paces or selling crafts and other products, smiles were seen across the fairground.
Fast food is more expensive than homemade
Grist - 9/26/2011.
By Jess Zimmerman – The New York Times breaks down the cost of two home-cooked meals, relative to McDonald's. It's no surprise the homemade stuff is healthier, but as this graphic shows, it's also cheaper. Sometimes a lot cheaper.
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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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