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MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art Host Showing of “Hanna Ranch”
Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square, Portland


The Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA are collaborating again this fall to bring you the film "Hanna Ranch." This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion.
Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Panel: climate change is real
Kennebec Journal - 9/25/2011.
By Amy Calder – Unity: Climate change is real, it's serious and it must be addressed now. That was the message from a panel of experts Saturday at a public policy teach-in at the Common Ground Country Fair. "It's really important to understand the science, I think," said Unity College President Stephen Mulkey. "I think the science is often minimalized or lost in translation."
Sprouting up all over
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Ray Routhier – Starting a school garden can come with some pretty tough challenges. For one, it takes the help of volunteers, who may already be tied up with other commitments at the school. Plus, somebody has to take care of the garden during summer, when school is closed. Still, people involved with school gardens across Maine say they are uniquely rewarding and can be part of just about any subject a school teaches.
Ferry Beach students elevate garden to a sustainable ecosystem
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco has given a new name to its organic garden. "We are calling it a 'sustainable food ecosystem,' " said John Ibsen, coordinator of the school's Food for Thought program. "This garden is our feeble attempt to replicate a natural ecosystem." Ibsen showed a bit of a twinkle when he mentioned the new name, but it fits with the school's goals.
Radioactive rice ‘far exceeding’ safe levels found in Japan
Common Dreams - 9/24/2011.
By Chikako Mogi – Tokyo: Japan found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop, requiring thorough inspection of the rice to be harvested from the region, the farm ministry said late on Friday.
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