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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
GMOs – The Compelling Research
Seeds of Doubt Conference - 10/6/2012.
Videos of renowned experts, including Jeffrey Smith, Don Huber and Gilles-Eric Seralini, presenting the latest research behind the detrimental effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods and their impact on our health and environment.
Parasitic flies to be deployed in Harpswell to kill invasive moths
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2012.
By Dylan Martin – Harpswell: Next spring, armies of parasitic flies will lay siege on the winter moth, an invasive species that threatens the town’s forests. State entomologist Charlene Donahue said this is one of the efforts the Maine Forest Service is taking to control the winter moth population, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts.
Messalonskee dam owner faces penalty for toxic spray
Kennebec Journal - 10/5/2012.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Oakland: The company that owns Messalonskee Dam will face a penalty from the state after an employee was caught spraying a toxic weed killer in and around the water. The amount of the herbicide Durazone sprayed Aug. 3 by an employee of Essex Hydro Associates was small, according to Maine's Board of Pesticides Control. Durazone in large amounts can cause severe effects in humans and animals.
A word on efficiency (and productivity and sustainability)
Homegrown Life - 10/4/2012.
By Bryce Oates – In reflecting on my experiences and a return to living and working on the family farm where I grew up, I am haunted by the concepts of efficiency, of productivity, of sustainability. Industrial agriculture would have you believe that “modern agriculture,” as they call it, is the only way to feed the world.
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