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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’ve simply run out of room to expand fishing
Treehugger - 12/8/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Sorry to be the downer on the already depressing subject of overfishing, but a new study in the journal PLoS ONE just reinforces the notion that we're fishing the world's oceans at rates far in excess of what they can take.
A Dangerous Pesticide That Will Soon Be All Over California
The Atlantic - 12/8/2010.
By Samuel Fromartz – This week, California, which has among the most rigorous pesticide regulations in the nation, approved methyl iodide for use. This came despite the unanimous findings of its own scientific panel against approval of the chemical. "It is my personal opinion that this decision will result in serious harm to California citizens, and most especially to children," wrote panel member Theodore Slotkin.
Rebuilding the food pyramid for 2010
Boston Globe - 12/8/2010.
By M.E. Malone – Five years ago, Greek-style yogurt wasn’t in the dairy case and acai was an obscure Amazon berry. That was 2005, the last time the United States revised the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its visual emissary, the food pyramid. This month, the federal departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services will release the 2010 dietary guidelines, updated every five years since 1980.
A Seed Library Grows in the Hudson Valley
Civil Eats - 12/8/2010.
By Paula Crossfield – There is a lot of talk these days about the need for more new entrants willing to fill in when older farmers retire (the average age of farmers in this country is 57 years old). But there has not been much discussion about rebuilding the support system, from infrastructure to community, that will keep those young farmers on the land. The Hudson Valley Seed Library is an example of an effort that does both of these things.
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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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