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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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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 Study Links Neonicotinoids to Bee Virus
Beyond Pesticides - 10/24/2013.
A team of scientists in Italy believe they have found the molecular mechanism through which neonicotinoid pesticides adversely impacts the immune system of honey bees.
Los Angeles may become largest GMO-free area in the US
RT - 10/24/2013.
Los Angeles is considering a ban on the cultivation, sale and distribution of genetically modified organisms, which would make the city the largest GMO-free zone in the US.
Organic Valley’s Generation Organic™ Teach-In Underway in Classrooms Nationwide
PRWeb - 10/24/2013.
Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced that its first Generation Organic™ Teach-In is underway. “Gen-O™” farmers are visiting more than 84 classrooms across the nation through Oct. 25, educating over 1,825 students in grades K-5 on the benefits of organic food and farming.
A tomato tale that's hard to stomach
Jim Hightower - 10/24/2013.
By Jim Hightower - "I'm 98 percent confident we can make a tomato that tastes substantially better," Professor Harry Klee recently exulted to the New York Times. Hmmm. Excuse me, professor, but "substantially better" than what?
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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