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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
Who dares question the industrial food system over GM salmon?
The Guardian [UK] - 9/7/2010.
By Dan Kennedy – Last Friday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a potentially dangerous step. The agency ruled that salmon whose genes have been altered so that they grow more rapidly than their wild counterparts are safe for human consumption. In so doing, the FDA opened the door for salmon to become just another unhealthful cog in the industrial-food machine. And it may have foisted upon the public yet another cancer risk.
Study links thyroid problems in Iowa women with farm chemicals
Radio Iowa - 9/6/2010.
A study involving Iowa women who live on farms finds exposure to some common farm chemicals may bring a greater risk for developing thyroid disease. Dr. Whitney Goldner, a researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, says they studied more than 16,000 women who are married to farmers who were licensed to apply pesticides in Iowa and North Carolina.
Pumpkins plump a bit early
Portland Press Herald - 9/6/2010.
By Kelley Bouchard – The growing season got off to a disappointing start at the Snell Family Farm in Buxton. A hard frost in May destroyed most of the tiny apples and pears that were just starting to form on the farm's fruit trees. But last week – two weeks ahead of schedule – the Snells started harvesting a bountiful pumpkin crop that will help offset the earlier loss.
With MOOMilk, it’s all about the families
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2010.
Op-Ed by David Bright – While the recent news regarding Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. (MOOMilk) has been about lack of cash and milk cartons, the real story of MOOMilk is about Maine families. It’s because of these farm families that MOOMilk exists. It was started to help keep them in business, to keep their land open and productive. And to keep their operations profitable, so they can be passed on to yet another generation.
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