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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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
Insect experts issue ‘urgent’ warning on using biotech seeds
National Public Radio - 3/11/2012.
By Dan Charles – Last year, we reported that a major insect pest, the corn rootworm, had "found a chink in the armor" of genetically engineered crops. Now, 22 of the nation's top experts on corn pests lay out some of the implications of this discovery, and they are potentially profound.
10 meals worth the mileage
Boston Globe - 3/11/2012.
By Jonathan Levitt – Chase’s Daily in Belfast is not the only restaurant in the state serving destination-worthy food in winter and early spring. There are bright spots up and down the coast. Here are 10 dishes worth a drive.
Rising fuel prices savaging farms now but could help in long run
Bangor Daily News - 3/10/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Topsham: In most ways, farming is about cycles, such as planting, growing and harvesting year after year. For Topsham beef and dairy farmer Bob Bisson, whose family has operated the farm for four generations, there is another kind of cycle that’s less predictable – spikes in energy costs.
Teen driving/Monsanto lawsuit
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/8/2012.
Online Video: Jim Gerritsen is a farmer who brought the lawsuit against Monsanto. Gerritsen is a potato farmer in Aroostook county. He is also head of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA).
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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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