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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
Pink slime not our only icky food additive
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Editorial Opinion by The Los Angeles Times – A century ago, cautious housewives demanded that the butcher grind their beef in front of them so they could be sure he didn't toss in offal or scraps of lower-quality meat. A modern package of ground beef is more likely to come from not one animal but several and probably will include head meat, the esophagus and other internal organs. And, of course, pink slime.
Listening for Maine’s last moo
Down East - 3/27/2012.
By George Smith – When Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb started dairy farming, Maine had 2200 dairy farms. In 1991, 600 farmers were still in the dairy business. In 2002, I wrote a sorrowful plea to save the 412 dairy farms still clinging tenuously to their way of life. Last week I asked former Senator and dairyman John Nutting how many dairy farmers we still have. His answer: 305.
Crowds enjoy the sweet science of Maine Maple Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/26/2012.
by Beth Quimby. Rain and the poor maple syrup season don't dampen the spirits of those visiting the state's sugarhouses.

Packaging On The Pounds
The Daily - 3/26/2012.
by David Knowles. Research says chemical in plastics and cans may contribute to obesity. A controversial chemical used to harden plastics is contributing to the global obesity epidemic, according to new research by a biologist. The claims by leading BPA critic Frederick vom Saal come as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule this week — after four years of study — on whether to ban the plastic additive from use in food packaging.

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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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