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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
‘Food’ discussion highlights local farming
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2009.
By Abigail Curtis – ROCKLAND, Maine — As the nation’s eaters grow more and more concerned about where their food comes from, experts say Maine is poised to be a leader in the movement away from industrial farming and toward fresh and local fare. “People say we’re backwards in Maine. I think we’re very progressive,” said Melissa Kelly, executive chef and co-owner of Rockland restaurant Primo. “The solution seems so simple and so difficult, all at the same time. [We should] focus on old ways and old traditions, take the time to eat locally, and do what your great-grandmother did.”
A taste of ancient days
Organic Consumers - 7/22/2009.
By Liat Racin – The Heritage Wheat Conservancy is restoring the almost lost heritage wheats of the Old World and colonial New England. After years of collecting rare wheats with traditional farmers in remote European and Middle Eastern villages, Eli Rogosa hosted a field day for researchers, flour companies and organic farmers last Thursday in Massachusetts. 96 varieties of delicious rare world wheat on the verge of extinction are thriving at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Organic Research Farm.
From farms to Northern California hospitals: Healthier food for healthier patients
San Jose Mercury News - 7/22/2009.
By April Dembosky – Nothing spells patient satisfaction like free-range roast chicken after triple bypass surgery. Throw some organic potatoes mashed with hormone-free milk and locally grown arugula salad onto the tray and hospital food may soon escape the culinary sneers it usually shares with TV dinners and airline meals. Such bedside menus may not be far off for Northern California hospitals that are harnessing their buying power to demand changes in how food is grown and distributed. They're part of a growing alliance of doctors and food advocates who say organic, fresh food is healthier, and local, sustainable food practices reduce pollution and contamination, which will ultimately lead to fewer health problems.
Author Urges Americans to Rediscover Farming
Voice of America - 7/21/2009.
By Faiza Elmasry – Sharon Astyk is concerned about the problems facing our world, from climate change to the food crisis. The farmer and social activist says everyone can be part of the solution if they start growing their own food and change the way they eat.
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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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