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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
Federal grant helps fund $1million food processing plant in Van Buren
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Van Buren: A $200,000 grant from the federal Northern Border Regional Commission is providing the final funding needed to construct a $1 million vegetable processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers. The 120-foot-by-40-foot facility will be owned by the town of Van Buren and leased to Northern Girl, LLC, a food processing company based out of Vassalboro, but with St. John Valley Roots. “Northern Girl is a company that will produce and process Maine-grown fruits and vegetables,” said Marada Cook, one of the principles of Northern Girl.
Why are we eating bluefin tuna to extinction?
Grist - 11/21/2011.
By Paul Greenberg – The Atlantic bluefin tuna – an animal that reaches 1,500 pounds, swims at 40 miles per hour, heats its blood 20 degrees above ambient and crosses the breadth of the ocean – is in serious trouble. The Western, American stock has declined by about 80 percent, and by about 70 percent in its Mediterranean spawned population.
5 ridiculous myths people use to trash local food – and why they’re wrong
Alternet - 11/19/2011.
By Jill Richardson – It's become predictable. At nearly regular intervals, someone, somewhere, will decide it's time to write another article "debunking" the local food movement. The latest installment is by Steve Sexton, posted on the Freakonomics blog (which also treated us to a previous post called "Do We Really Need a Few Billion Locavores?").
Farmers, consumers rally to support man’s selling of ‘raw milk’
Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Blue Hill: Small-scale farmers and Mainers who buy directly from them held a boisterous rally Friday to support a Hancock County man sparring with agriculture officials over his right to sell “raw milk” and other products from his farm without a license.
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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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