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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
Is a new food policy on Obama’s list?
The New York Times - 12/24/2008.
From the moment it was clear that Barack Obama was going to be president, people who have dedicated their lives to changing how America eats thought they had found their St. Nicholas. It wasn’t long before the letters to Santa began piling up.
Fresh eggs, finances and fun: families flock to keep hens
The Guardian [UK] - 12/24/2008.
Urban henkeeping is on the rise, fuelled by the economic downturn and pressure on family budgets. It was a farm holiday in Wales that persuaded Vicki Gilmore from Edinburgh that it might be a good idea to keep her own hens. She bought three, named them Maisie, Milly, and Molly, and set up a coop in her garden.
Delectable food-politics books of '08: Vandana Shiva's Soil Not Oil
Grist - 12/24/2008.
A number of worthy food-politics books emerged this year, and over the next week I'll be posting reviews of the year's top ten. Today's is Vandana Shiva's Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.
Food, fuel and fiber? The challenge of using the earth to grow energy
WorldChanging - 12/22/2008.
By Alan Atkisson – In May of 2008, while visiting Jakarta, I came across a newspaper story about a protest there. Hundreds of people had gathered in front of the gates of a charitable NGO whose mission was to feed poor people. The NGO was simply unable to provide enough rice, tofu and other staples to meet the need.
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November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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