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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
Late harvest sows problems for farmers
Wall Street Journal - 10/31/2009.
By Joe Barrett – Piper City, Ill.: Most years, Larry Thorndyke has his corn fully harvested by Halloween. This year, almost all of his 1,400 acres of corn are still in the field, exposing his farm to crop disease, bad weather and a potential financial nightmare.
Conference in Caribou targets pests
Bangor Daily News - 10/30/2009.
By Jen Lynds – Caribou: An outbreak of spruce budworm during the 1970-80s damaged forests and irked landowners and scientists who fought to counter the damage done by the pests. Despite the devastation it caused, the outbreak taught forest managers, scientists and others a great deal about what to do to prevent a possible recurrence and combat it if one does occur.
Dresden: Helping with the harvest
Kennebec Journal - 10/30/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Dresden: Elizabeth Lakeman ran her hands back and forth through the rich, brown earth looking for yellow fingerling potatoes. The retired L.L. Bean employee showed up Thursday morning at Goranson Farm on River Road to offer her help. The certified organic farm, owned by Jan Goranson and her husband, Rob Johanson, lost most of their potato and tomato crops to late blight – an airborne, spore-based disease that thrives in cool, moist weather. Now that winter is approaching, they need to salvage 6 acres of seed potatoes. They're short staffed and in need of potato pickers.
Ecologies of value
Harvard Gazette Online - 10/29/2009.
By Corydon Ireland – In the ancient Mediterranean world, tapered ceramic jars called amphorae were used to store and transport fish, olive oil, grapes, grain, and other goods. When these containers were used for wine, Greek merchants stamped them with regional seals. These seals were the earliest sign of what is now known as terroir, the notion that a wine or other food embodies a sense of place.
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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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