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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
Dairy farmers urge state to keep program
Kennebec Journal - 2/19/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – AUGUSTA – Albion dairy farmer Henry Perkins told lawmakers Wednesday that farmers need the state to continue a stabilization program to help the industry. "On the organic side, we have taken a tremendous beating in the last 15 months," he said. "I don't think there is anybody making a profit. All I can do is grit my teeth and wait for something to happen."
Portland rescinds chicken ban – but it’s hens only, no roosters
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2009.
By Tom Bell – PORTLAND — The City Council is giving residents of Maine's largest city the right to raise chickens. The council voted 7-1 Wednesday to remove its long-standing ban on chickens and allow people to keep up to six hens within city limits. Roosters, though, would not be allowed.
First Lady At Agriculture Department
The New York Times - 2/19/2009.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, continued her rounds of government agency visits today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.

Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees, including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia, which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the White House for 180 years.
Several Maine chefs among Beard nominees
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2009.
Dispatches by Meredith Goad – Some of Maine's best chefs and restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the James Beard Awards, the foodie version of the Oscars.
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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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