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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
High use of antibiotics overlaps with obesity rates in the Midwest and South
The Kansas City Star - 11/24/2013.
By Scott Canon - Livestock producers have long been using tiny doses of antibiotics in their herds to grow bigger animals faster. Antibiotic use in humans may have the same effect.
Bee vectoring is the latest buzz in organic food
The Province (British Columbia) - 11/24/2013.
By Paul MacDonald - Researchers are looking at using bees to deliver beneficial microbes to plants.
Gobble local! Everything from bird to pie can be found right here (or within a short waddle)
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 11/24/2013.
By Bonnie Washuk - While we make lists of what to pick up and cook for Thanksgiving, the “buy local” movement is going strong.
Maine cranberry growers say it’s hard to stay out of the red
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/24/2013.
By Mary Pols - There wasn’t a thing wrong with Dresden farmer David Popp’s cranberries this year. They colored up nicely and there was plenty of fruit, arriving not too early, not too late. Yet he mowed down most of his 3.5 acres of vines while they were covered in the dark red berries, harvesting only about 3,000 pounds instead of the usual 60,000 to 70,000.
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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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