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Seed Swap & Scion Exchange
Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
FREE, no registration required

For gardeners and orchardists, it's the most wonderful flea market in the world. Not only that – most of the best stuff is free! MOFGA, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, and Fedco will once again host the Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange at MOFGA’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall in Unity. Please bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings you have to share freely with others. In recent years we have given away scionwood from well over 200 fruit varieties. These contributions make the day a success. We'll supply labels, tape and markers, and we’ll be selling T-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock. Admission is free. More details.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Popular weedkiller deemed carcinogenic: Herbicide may cause cancer, World Health Organization says.
International Business Times - 3/21/2015.
By Ismat Sarah Mangla - The active ingredient in Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers – and the most commonly used one in the United States – has been declared a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the WHO, released the results of its review of five herbicides and pesticides on Friday.
Roundup is endocrine disruptor in human cells at levels allowed in drinking water
GM Watch - 3/20/2015.
Roundup is an endocrine disruptor and is toxic to human cells in vitro (tested in culture dishes in the laboratory) at levels permitted in drinking water in Australia, a new study has found. This is the first study to examine the effects of glyphosate and Roundup on progesterone production by human female cells in an in vitro system that models key aspects of reproduction in women.
New Report Highlights Crops with High Pesticide Residues and Benefits of Organic
Beyond Pesticides - 3/20/2015.
A new pesticide residue report just out requires context for those wishing to use their purchasing power to protect health, the environment, and those who grow and harvest our food. For consumers who care about the environment, farmworkers, and want to reduce pesticides in their diet, organic agriculture continues to be the best choice.
'Growing Local' focuses on farming in USA's oldest state Screening of film at Alfred Town Hall provokes discussion about costs, potential
Sanford News - 3/19/2015.
By Chris Hull - The more than two dozen people who attended the March 12 screening of the film “Growing Local” at the Alfred Town Hall were reminded that Maine is a graying state. The film highlighted two family farms and the relationship between an older generation of farmers looking to retire and a younger generation looking to continue the farming tradition. Featured in the film are Richard and Adam Beal, a father and son from Rocky Ridge Organic Dairy in Litchfield.
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