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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
Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?
Grist - 3/26/2012.

Will the Tea Party GOP take farm policy back to 1949 by refusing to pass a farm bill before September?

Do Children Harvest Your Food?
The Atlantic - 3/26/2012.
By Helene York – Americans pay a fantastically low percentage of our income on food – less than in any other developed country. The Harvest, U Roberto Romano's poignant film, forces us to think about where our food is coming from. Today, nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest 25 percent of our crops.
Here's what we know – and what we'll never know [about salmonella tainted ground beef sold at Hannaford]
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Leslie Bridgers. Late last year, salmonella from tainted ground beef sickened at least 20 people – and maybe hundreds more. How did it happen?

USDA knew of risks, yet imposed no rules
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Jonathan Riskind. The federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's beef supply has known for 14 years that retailers' poor record keeping jeopardizes public health, but it failed to require better standards.

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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

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 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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