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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 Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Factory Farm Abuses From Public Scrutin
The Atlantic - 3/20/2012.
By Cody Carlson - Earlier this month, politicians in Iowa bowed to corporate pressure when they passed a law designed to stifle public debate and keep consumers in the dark. Instead of confronting animal cruelty on factory farms, the top egg- and pork-producing state is now in the business of covering it up.
The Heirloom, Pre-Civil War Grains at the Heart of Southern Cooking
The Atlantic - 3/19/2012.
by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg. The Perennial Plate, a series about sustainable eating, meets two of South Carolina's growers and chefs who are leading the return to 19th-century seeds and methods.
Dresden man followed gut instinct about river to rescue Micah Thomas
Bangor Daily News - 3/19/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Dresden: Tim Nason was all signed up Thursday to search for missing 12-year-old Micah Thomas, but after writing down his name and waiting awhile, he was told he’d be called if he was needed. Luckily for Micah Thomas, who’d spent the previous night cold and alone in the woods, Tim Nason isn’t the type of guy who just waits around.
Seeing is believing: world energy consumption
Casaubon’s Book - 3/19/2012.
By Sharon Astyk – The always-thoughtful Gail Tverberg has a great post that simply shows in visual terms the history of world energy consumption - well worth a look. I've reproduced one of her graphs here, but please read the whole thing.
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