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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
Merger Mania in the Food System Continues
Food & Water Watch - 12/10/2013.
By Tyler Shannon - Giant food companies are once again trying to consume their competition as Foodopoly 2013 continues. On Monday, the number one food distribution company in the United States, Sysco, announced it was buying its only major competitor, US Foods, for $3.5 billion plus all of US Foods’ debt, bringing the value of the deal to $8.2 billion.
Organic candy-bar maker relocating to Rockland
Bangor Daily News - 12/10/2013.
By Stephen Betts - A company that produces organic fruit-and-nut candy bars will make Rockland its home. Bixby & Co. LLC, maker of Bixby Bars, announced Monday it would be relocating to O’Hara Corp. property on Tillson Avenue that was formerly an ice-making facility as of March 1.
The WhiteWave Foods Company Announces Agreement to Acquire Premier Organic Produce Company Earthbound Farm
Wall Street Journal - 12/9/2013.
The WhiteWave Foods Company, a leading consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and Europe, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Earthbound Farm, one of the country's leading organic food brands, from its existing shareholders led by Kainos Capital and founders Drew & Myra Goodman, for approximately $600 million in cash.
WhiteWave Consumes Organic Salad-Greens Distributor Earthbound
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/9/2013.
By Mark Kastel - WhiteWave CEO, and former Dean Foods CEO, Gregg Engles knows as much about vegetables as he knew about dairy when he orchestrated a global feeding frenzy in that market to build Dean Foods. The end result was the destruction of dozens of independently owned, regional dairy businesses and thousands of jobs. After they were done pillaging they then jettisoned the WhiteWave division earlier this year.
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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

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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