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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
Moms turn in BPA petition
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: More than a dozen mothers turned in signatures Thursday to try to compel the state Board of Environmental Protection to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby and toddler food packaging.
Monsanto’s corn-soy solution for feeding the world is all wrong
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – How are we going to feed a world population of 9 billion by the year 2050? Monsanto thinks it knows the answer: more corn and soy production through "improved" bioengineered seed and "no till" cropping. "No till" is a euphemism for using Monsanto-produced Roundup to kill the weeds in your corn and soy fields so you can then plant your Roundup-resistant seeds, also made by Monsanto.
Towns adopt food self-governance ordinances to exempt farmers from state, federal laws
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Clarke Canfield – Portland: Two more towns in Maine have adopted local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.
Maine strawberry crop bountiful thanks to hot spring
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Andrew Bulfinch – Berwick: Isabella Costello came to Riverside Farm with her mother and big brother Thursday morning taking advantage of the strong season for the juicy red berries. According to owner Dave Tuttle, this season is particularly ideal for strawberries due in large part to the warm weather this region has experienced since spring.
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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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