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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
Stink bug spread worries growers across nation
Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2011.
By David Dishneau – Emmitsburg, Md.: An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started. The brown marmorated stink bug, a three-quarter-inch invader native to Asia, is believed to have been brought first to the Allentown, Pa., area in 1998.
Diverse scope in agricultural gathering
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2011.
By Michael Shepherd – Windsor: A local businesswoman says the Northeast Livestock Expo will provide her company a chance to pitch its wares to the public. The event, hitting the Windsor Fairgrounds today and running through Sunday afternoon, is in its fourth year bringing local farmers, businesspeople and associations together for firsthand opportunities to interact with the general public.
House Oks bill to scale back Maine pesticide rule
Bangor Daily News - 5/20/2011.
Augusta – The Maine House has voted to repeal the state’s pesticide registry, an online system in which residents can request advance notification of the application of pesticides. By an 81-68 vote Thursday afternoon, representatives passed an amended version of the bill. It now faces further House and Senate votes.
Fracking with our food: how gas drilling affects farming
Grist - 5/20/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – There's a stunning moment in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, where a man touches a match to his running faucet – to have it explode in a ball of fire. This is what hydraulic fracturing, a process of drilling for natural gas known as "fracking," is doing to many drinking water supplies across the country. But the other side of fracking – what it might do to the food eaten by people living hundreds of miles from the nearest gas well – has received little attention.
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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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