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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
Is Monsanto Giving Up on GMOs?
Mother Jones - 1/29/2014.
By Tom Philpott - Monsanto's latest Annual R&D Pipeline Review, a document released earlier this month that showcases the company's research into new product lines, foretells all kinds of impressive-sounding stuff. But a surprising amount of the company's new research, even for its most lucrative crops like corn and soy, promise either new iterations of herbicide tolerance and Bt, or rely on classical breeding – not biotechnology.
Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs, pesticides
Grist - 1/29/2014.
By John Upton - Late last year, the Kauai and Hawaii County councils passed laws restricting the use of pesticides and experimental GMOs on their slices of Hawaiian paradise. But those laws could soon be sunk by state lawmakers.
Bowdoin Grows Its Organic Gardens, Acquires 19-century Barn
Bowdoin Daily Sun - 1/28/2014.
Bowdoin is planning to create a new organic garden on campus to add to its plots on Coffin Street and Pleasant Hill Road. The new garden, which will be phased in over the next two summers, will provide salad greens and other vegetables to the dining halls. Sara Cawthon, Bowdoin’s organic garden manager, anticipates that the convenient location of the new garden on Harpswell Road will draw in more student volunteers who can pop over to weed or help prepare seeds in between classes.
Making Pictures, Finding Solutions in Nicaragua
The New York Times - 1/28/2014.
By David Gonzalez - The health crisis Ed Kashi encountered among sugar cane workers in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, last year was stark. Over the course of two weeks he spent in the area, there was a funeral every day for workers who had died of chronic kidney disease. Though he had gone there on a commission for a nongovernmental organization that was helping the workers, he left convinced that he had to continue his documentation on his own.
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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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