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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
DDT linked to higher risk of Alzheimer's
Environmental Health News - 1/27/2014.
By Lindsey Konkel - People with high levels of exposure to the banned insecticide DDT were four times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than people with low levels, according to a study of patients in Georgia and Texas published today. The research is among the first to report a connection between Alzheimer’s, which is the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease, and chemicals in the environment.
Farm bill deal would scale back cuts to food stamps
Portland Press Herald - 1/27/2014.
By Mary Clare Jalonick, AP - Washington: A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.
Community Forestry Grants Awarded
Project Canopy - 1/27/2014.
Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's community forestry program, has awarded $106,243.00 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds: Behind Every Great Vegetable and Fruit Is a Seed
Organic Connections - 1/27/2014.
One big reason for the range of produce in our markets these days is actually quite small – seeds. The wide variety of these tiny sources of life available to us today has come a long way. One person we have to thank for our blossoming seed market is Rob Johnston: forty years ago he founded Johnny’s Selected Seeds, and the wealth of heirloom and organic seeds has been growing ever since.
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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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