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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
New Midcoast food truck hits the streets this spring
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 4/15/2014.
By Kay Stephens - Offering (and sourcing) local, fresh, healthy foods.
“What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm”
Kennebec Journal - 4/15/2014.
By Dana Wilde - Touching review of Russell Libby’s book of poems.
Ministers 'covering up secret meetings with GM food lobby'
Daily Mail [UK] - 4/15/2014.
By Sean Poulter - The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary has led the charge to encourage a sceptical public to accept genetically modified crops being grown on UK farms and sold in supermarkets. He has also been lobbying the EU to let Britain grow crops such as GM maize even if they are banned in other countries.
FDA honey guidance: a response to labeling litigation?
Food Navigator USA - 4/14/2014.
By Maggie Hennessy - Honey mixed with other sweeteners must be labeled as a blend, rather than just “honey”, according to a draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration last week. So what’s the most interesting part about the guidance?
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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