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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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).

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
Brain injury and pesticide exposure combo may triple Parkinson's risk
CBC News - 11/13/2012.
By Ryan Jaslow – A study of 357 Californians with Parkinson's disease and 754 without found that 36 percent with the disease were more likely to report exposure to the herbicide paraquat than those without the disease. Other factors are also associated with the disease.
Farmer-owned MOOMilk making slow but steady progress
Bangor Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Edmunds: Three years after its inception, Maine’s own organic brand of milk, MOOMilk, is making slow but steady progress – sales are up 20 percent over the last four months – while creating a business model that other farmers are watching closely.
Antibiotic resistance killing off bees
Yale Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Emma Goldberg – Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Nancy Moran had published a study showing that beneficial bacteria found in the guts of honeybees have acquired genes that make bees resistant to tetracycline, an antibiotic used to prevent colony-destroying infections and other bacterial diseases.
Pest Prevention by Design
SPIN - 11/5/2012.
By Chris Geiger and Caroline Cox – This 86-page publication provides guidelines for designing and building pests out of buildings – to save on pest control and environmental costs. Free at http://www.sustainableplaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FINAL-PPBD-Guidelines-11-6-2012.pdf
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April 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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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