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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
The Good Life – The movement that changed Maine
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2014.
A wonderful multimedia presentation, including lots of MOFGA people.
Salmonella cases decline, but other foodborne illnesses up
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Kathryn Doyle - There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Group asks U.S. to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe
Reuters - 4/24/2014.
By Carey Gillam - U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide [diphenylamine] that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.
Our View: Food hubs would link Maine’s small farms to new markets
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2014.
Editorial - An organization in rural Mississippi takes fresh fruit and vegetables from 25 farms and distributes it to 152 school districts, making healthy, local food part of more than 60 million school meals last year. Another, based in Chicago, creates 10,000 meals every weekday for 90 schools, using locally grown, organic produce. Those are just two examples of how the business of small agriculture is being transformed throughout the United States by food hubs.
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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

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