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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
PuraMaize Prevents GMO Contamination in Corn
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/13/2013.
Blue River Hybrids, a producer of organic field corn, offered three PuraMaize corn hybrids in 2012. PuraMaize is a completely natural gene blocking system, which impedes fertilization from both GMO and blue corn pollen.
Duckfat’s Rob Evans gets ‘Chopped,’ Primo is tops and Vietnamese comes to Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 2/13/2013.
By Emily Burnham - There’s lots of exciting food news in Maine today. We’ve got celebrity chefs, a restaurant that has been named one of the best in the country, and new cuisine coming to Bangor.
Global Human Health May Be Affected By Unchecked Antibiotic Use In Animals
Medical News Today - 2/13/2013.
The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which are used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics' ability to fend off diseases - in animals and humans.
Treating 1,4-Dioxane in an era of water scarcity
Water Technology - 2/13/2013.
New methods for treating this contaminant, an industrial solvent stabilizer, in groundwater in regions affected by drought.
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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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