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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
Environment needs our vigilance
Portland Press Herald - 4/16/2011.
Letter to the editor by John Krueger – For many, it has been an upsetting several months of watching environmental rollbacks being supported by large corporations and our elected leaders, often with great disrespect to those who seek a healthy environment. I wonder how many are now aware that the (LePage) administration is seeking through its agricultural legislative committees to roll back regulations on pesticide notifications, and to restrict new efforts to prevent cosmetic use of pesticide applications on children's school grounds.
Here comes the sun: costs, rebates making solar affordable
Bangor Daily News - 4/16/2011.
By Matt Wickenheiser – Twenty thousand cars pass through the intersection of Wilson and State streets in Brewer daily, and if the motorists look up a bit, they can see the new solar panel array on the roof of the Supercuts salon. The site has great solar orientation, and was built with an angled roof so everyone can see the panels as they drive by.
It’s open season again on pesticide laws in Augusta
Bangor Daily News - 4/14/2011.
Op-Ed by Heather Spalding – If the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry members consider five pesticide bills carefully enough, they will realize that healthy people, a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand in hand.
Deal spares farmland
Kennebec Journal - 4/13/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Kents Hill: It takes a community to save a farm. Case in point: Kents Hill Orchard. Purchased in 2009 by the Maine Farmland Trust, the 84-acre orchard is being sold to Belle Vue Farm LLC owners Brian and Lee Ann Baggott, of Manchester, the Trust announced Tuesday. Brian Baggott said the orchard will become a vegetable farm where he will grow zucchini, squash and cucumbers.
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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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