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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
Bumper crop of books on growing food
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Tom Atwell – An author gets a hot idea, perfect for the market at the moment. But then the book has to be written, edited, designed, published and delivered. And maybe the idea isn't as hot anymore. That probably explains why the mailbox this year has been filled with books about growing food – fruits, vegetables and herbs in containers, raised beds and the old-fashioned garden plot.
Maine observer: strawberry season sneaking north
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Richard C. Dillihunt – With spring looming, thoughts turn again to those cherub-like brilliant red bulbous fruits crouching low beneath protecting leaves, and wearing their seeds on the outside, in defiance of Mother Nature: strawberries!
Tips to help start the gardening season right
Bangor Daily News - 4/10/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Weather permitting, peas will be sown in Marjorie’s garden this weekend. The soil temperature at pea depth in the bed where they will grow peaked at 50 degrees during the day on Easter, the bare minimum for sowing peas, but it has been a warm week. It is time.
Seven food and resources crises on the horizon, and what you can do about it
Alternet - 4/9/2010.
By Roberta Cruger –The Organic Center's chief scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook recently spelled out seven serious problems that don't bode well for our health, natural resources, and climate change. While Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and Michelle Obama's campaign are trying to bring awareness to the lousy American diet, TOC examines the adverse results of agricultural policies and practices. Dr. Benbrook lists the rise of "super weeds," ineffective antibiotics, and autism as examples, offering solutions we can do and changes for farms and the government.
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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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