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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
White House Kitchen Garden Update: An Organic Farmer In Charge, And Cool Season Vegetables
Obama Foodorama - 11/27/2012.
By Eddie Gehman Kohan – It's been bitterly cold in the District of Columbia lately, but First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden is thriving with a wide variety of cool season vegetables growing in the 1,500 square foot plot of raised beds: Winter lettuces and cabbages, root vegetables, herbs.
Research looks at effects of biochar on prairies
Leopold Ctr. for Sustainable Agriculture - 11/27/2012.
As optimism grows about the benefits of applying biochar to farmland, researchers have turned their attention to a neglected topic: how biochar affects natural ecosystems. When applied to crop fields, biochar has many of the same benefits for soil health as fertilizer, and also sequesters carbon underground for decades or centuries.
Pesticide Exposure in Children
Pediatrics - 11/26/2012.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” The AAP makes several recommendations for pediatricians and governmental actions, including promoting pesticide use reduction and use of less toxic pesticides.
Who Needs an Oven? Just Bury Your Beans
The New York Times - 11/26/2012.
By John Willoughby – One morning a couple of months ago, my friend and frequent co-author Chris Schlesinger called me. “You have to come look at my new bean hole,” he said. After he explained that he was talking about a classic method of outdoor cooking, I figured it was worth checking out.
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