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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Somali Farmers Find a New Home in Maine
Modern Farmer - 11/20/2013.
By Laura McCandlish - In the fertile soil of Maine, a community of Somali refugees builds a new life.
Hawaii's Big Island Bans Biotech Companies & GMO Crops
Huffington Post - 11/19/2013.
Large biotech companies like Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF have long been experimenting with GMO crops and seeds in Hawaii. They have farms on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai, but they've never operated on Hawaii's Big Island - and now they never will.
Maine coffee roaster, chocolatier named Good Food Award finalists
Bangor Daily News - 11/18/2013.
By Kathleen Pierce - Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland and Belfast’s Bixby & Co. are finalists in the fourth annual Good Food Awards. Announced today, the awards for outstanding American food producers is a coveted distinction in the craft and slow-food movement. The event is organized by the Seedling Project, a San Francisco-based group that promotes sustainable living through food.
Poverty Grows in Many Counties Alongside Higher Farm Subsidies
Environmental Working Group - 11/18/2013.
By Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist - Many counties where federal crop insurance subsidies rose between 2008 and 2012 also had an increase in poverty over that period, a finding that undermines the oft-repeated arguments that farm subsidies help reduce rural poverty, an Environmental Working Group analysis shows.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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