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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
US farmers may face crackdown on pesticide use
Common Dreams - 7/25/2010.
By Les Blumenthal (McClatchy Newspapers) – Washington: The nation's farmers could face severe restrictions on the use of pesticides as environmentalists, spurred by a favorable ruling from a judge in Washington state, want the courts to force federal regulators to protect endangered species from the ill effects of agricultural chemicals.
Wisconsin school cuts crime by changing the menu
Treehugger - 7/25/2010.
By Sara Novak – In a move that may seem slightly controversial, one school principal in Appleton, Wis., changed the school menu to cut crime at the school. According to a recent story on WELL Said, LuAnn Coenen, the principal at a high school, reduced fighting, weapons-carrying, and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the menu. Vending machines were the first to go, replaced by water coolers, and processed burgers and fries became fruits and vegetables.
Welcome to Beastport
Portland Press Herald - 7/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Eastport could soon become known as the cow port of New England. Shipping officials, with support from Maine's congressional delegation, are pushing for a permanent permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make Eastport the only port north of Delaware that's authorized to handle overseas shipments of livestock.
Maine’s ‘superfruit’-blueberries’making strides in frozen food market
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Jonesport: A new marketing campaign launched a year ago is reaping rewards, Sue Till of the Swardlick Marketing Group told more than 100 wild blueberry producers gathered this week at Blueberry Hill in Jonesboro, the University of Maine’s blueberry experimental farm. Rather than attempt to capture the fresh market, Maine’s wild blueberry producers are promoting frozen berries.
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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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