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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
A Pitch to Obama on Food and Farming
The New York Times - 12/4/2008.
The fact that a Secretary of Agriculture has yet to be named has some chefs, farmers and animal welfare advocates wondering whether food and farming have been shoved to the Obama D team.
One in Three Toys on Shelf Found To Be Toxic
Treehugger - 12/4/2008.
According to a recent study released by researchers for the Michigan-based Ecology Center, one in three toys tested was found to contain toxic chemicals such as lead, flame retardants and arsenic.
5 myths on the dangers of dining
Bangor Daily News - 12/4/2008.
Is anything safe to eat anymore? It can be so hard to keep up in this world of endless food scares. One minute we’re alarmed by salmonella in jalapenos. Now it’s melamine in milk from China. What next?
Soil Not Oil: Why We Need to Kick Petroleum Out of Our Farms
Alternet - 12/3/2008.
Vandana Shiva explains how biodiverse farms offer us more food, better food, higher incomes for farmers and a defense from climate disasters. The industrialized, globalized food system is based on oil. It is under threat because of the inevitability of "peak oil." It is also under threat because it is more vulnerable than traditional agriculture to climate change, to which it has contributed. Industrial agriculture is based on monocultures.
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