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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
Consumers should have the right to know if they are eating GM food
The Guardian [UK] - 4/19/2013.
Op-Ed by Leo Hickman - The debate about the safety of GM food will continue for some time yet. However, one thing I think should and could be resolved is the issue of labelling.
A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer
Mother Jones - 4/19/2013.
By Tom Philpott - As investigators and rescuers move through a destroyed fertilizer factory in West, Texas, it makes me think about just what nitrogen fertilizer is, and why we use so much of it.
Cheap, Sustainable, Delicious: Fava Fries
Take Part - 4/19/2013.
By Ian Knauer - Now that I’m home and about to plant my own vegetable garden, favas are high on my list. Before I would be wary of a plant that takes up so much space and yields only a labor-intensive bean. But now that I know I can eat everything, I’m excited to grow them.
Glyphosate contributes to modern disease - new paper
GM Watch - 4/18/2013.
Paper by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff - According to a new peer-reviewed review of the scientific literature, it's likely that glyphosate-based herbicides are contributing to the modern diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions in recent decades. The paper suggests mechanisms through which this may be happening.
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