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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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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
Way to grow
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/7/2009.
By Ray Routhier – LEBANON – Ten-year-old Lindsey Glidden bent over the raised-bed vegetable garden she had carefully planted outside her home in early May, and began asking questions. "Can I pick the lettuce yet?" she asked, gazing at four curly-leafed plants glimmering in the sun. "What about the onions? Do I have to wait all year for them?" She didn't have to wait long for answers. "Sure, you can pull a lettuce leaf off right here. But don't pull too hard – you don't want to get the roots," said Joan Shaw of North Berwick, who is volunteering to help Lindsey tend her garden.
California’s water woes threaten the entire country’s food supply
Alternet - 6/6/2009.
By Scott Thill – What a difference an administration makes. Samuel Bodman, the previous secretary of energy under the Bush administration, spent his short term stumping for nuclear power plant construction, polluting the hell out of the Earth, profiting off global warming and trying to significantly downplay America's singular role in greenhouse-gas emissions. The new one? Well, he's a doom prophet with a Ph.D.
Maine graduates leave college, head to the farm
Kennebec Journal - 6/6/2009.
Editorial – For the parents of some college graduates, the idea that their kid would take their diploma – and the thousands of dollars it represents – and turn it into a low-wage job is a little dismaying.
Would you like some GMOs in your coffee?
Grist - 6/5/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Jill Richardson made a good catch on the GMO crop front the other day. She dug up an article from a Boulder, CO newspaper that detailed the debate over local sugarbeet farmers’ request to plant GM seeds within the city limits. The farmers claim that without GM sugar beets, they’ll be unable to meet their Western Sugar Cooperative quota.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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