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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
We Need an Organic Farm Bill
The New York Times - 2/25/2012.
Op-Ed by David Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! In order to meet the serious challenges of the 21st century, U.S. agricultural policy in the farm bill must shift from its focus of creating cheap commodities and artificially propping up income for farmers, toward implementing best agricultural practices for sustainable and organic production methods.
The tale of a gardener, a book, and a pledge drive
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.
By Janine Pineo – Maine gardeners are an independent lot, but if there’s one thing to be said about them as a rule, they love to share their gardening know-how. Lisa Colburn of Orono found this out firsthand, with the results coming together in a new book, “The Maine Garden Journal: Insider Secrets from Maine People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt.”
Sap, syrup already flowing at Maine maple sugarhouses
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: The tapping of the maple trees, that sweet and sticky ritual that signals the changing seasons in New England, has started early this year for many of Maine’s maple syrup producers. Whether this year’s syrup season will be a boom or bust depends on what the weather decides to do next, however.
New York should make milk, not prisons
Thirteen.org - 2/25/2012.
By Brenden Beck – Casimer Trybuskiewicz has been a dairy farmer his whole life, and his father before him was, too. He runs Casey Dairy Farm with his family in Attica, N.Y., a small town about 30 miles east of Buffalo. A short drive from Casey Dairy and its 45 cows are two prisons.
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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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