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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
Is the IPCC right on climate change? Just ask the world's farmers
The Guardian [UK] - 9/27/2013.
By John Vidal - Observations by farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America confirm reports of rising temperatures and extreme weather.
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Killed In Senate: Controversial Provision Removed From Spending Bill
International Business Times - 9/27/2013.
By Connor Adams Sheets - The so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision.
USDA Report Shows Prairie Loss Across Country
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 9/27/2013.
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) shows that grasslands, woodlands, and other non-cropland are being rapidly converted to cropland across the country. In just one year (2011-2012), nearly 400,000 acres were “broken out” for crop production.
USDA Refuses to Investigate Illegal GMO Contamination
Center for Food Safety - 9/27/2013.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a formal legal petition demanding action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of Washington State farmers and CFS members, Joseph and Michelle Peila, whose conventional alfalfa crop was rejected for export after it tested positive for contamination by the Monsanto Company’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The petition demands that the agency open an investigation and take regulatory action. The events illustrate the flawed assumptions of USDA’s recently announced policy toward GE contamination, “co-existence,” which CFS has repeatedly characterized as an ill-advised sanctioning of transgenic contamination.
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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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