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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
Training cows
The Contrary Farmer - 5/23/2011.
By Gene Logsdon – I am personally not enchanted with the idea of training horses because if one wants to use animal power in place of a tractor, I’m prejudiced in favor of cows or oxen. Cows and oxen, I believe and shall try to show, are better geared to the smaller homestead farm.
Food safety: there’s a new law, but how to implement it?
The Atlantic - 5/23/2011.
By Marion Nestle – Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for foods, gave a major speech last week at the George Washington University School of Public Health. In it, he talked about the origin and effectiveness of the industry-standard HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) controls for preventing food safety problems. HACCP, he explained, works just like other aspects of public health practice.
Building food policies ‘From neighborhood to nation’
Civil Eats - 5/23/2011.
By Jen Dalton – This past weekend over 600 policy wonks, city officials, public health advocates, food policy council members, good food advocates, community gardeners, and other interested parties gathered in Portland for the first-ever national conference on local and state food policy, hosted by the Community Food Security Coalition.
Greeks mobilize to protect endangered seeds
Common Dreams - 5/23/2011.
The remote valley of Mesohori in northeastern Greece seems an unusual choice for a stand against genetically modified crop conglomerates who are knocking on Europe's door. Yet thousands of organic farming advocates seeking to bar so-called "Frankenstein" foods from the continent made the journey here to help raise awareness about dangers to seed diversity.
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