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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
Slime by any other name is still … beef?
Bangor Daily News - 4/5/2012.
Editorial – As Juliet said to Romeo, “What’s in a name?” The answer, when it comes to the ammonia-treated cartilage and scrap meat that goes into much U.S. ground beef, is “lots.” The moniker “pink slime” for that foodstuff has sparked a furor that caused Beef Products, Inc., to shut down three of its four plants that produced the substance. The agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. said it would cut production.
Man gets two years in organic food scam
The Register Guard (Eugene, Oregon) - 4/4/2012.
By Karen McCowan – “You made a big mistake to commit this crime in Lane County,” a judge said Wednesday in sentencing a rural Springfield man to more than two years in federal prison for selling a local grain broker 4.2 million pounds of conventional corn he misrepresented as organic.
MOFGA offers local class today
Kennebec Journal - 4/4/2012.
Workshops scheduled today across the state, including one in Gardiner, aim to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge to switch from conventional to organic gardening. The new Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association workshops are available through adult education programs and will be presented at 35 locations in Maine.
Maine dairy farmers closely watch fate of tier program
Bangor Daily News - 4/4/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Maine’s dairy farmers will be paying close attention this week to a vote on the state’s unique dairy stabilization program, or tier program, as the price they are paid for their milk continues to plummet.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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