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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
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.
Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival
Common Dreams - 1/27/2014.
By Carol Schachet - The term peasant often conjures up images of medieval serfs out of touch with the ways of the world around them. Such thinking is out of date. Today, peasants proudly and powerfully put forward effective strategies to feed the planet and limit the damages wrought by industrial agriculture.
Salad from a vending machine? Farmer's Fridge might convince you.
Treehugger - 1/27/2014.
By Margaret Badore - Fast food isn't usually healthy or environmentally friendly, but a new automated kiosk in Chicago is aiming to change that. Farmer's Fridge is like a vending machine, only it offers fresh salads, yogurt parfaits and veggie sticks.
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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

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