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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
Oxfam reveals global food firms' gaping ethical shortfalls
The Guardian [UK] - 2/26/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The charity finds Nestle, Mars and Coca-Cola fail to protect farmers, local communities and the environment. The charity's Behind the Brands report compiled a scorecard, rating the "big 10" food companies in seven categories. In joint second-lowest place were Kellogg's and General Mills, which owns Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs and Nature Valley, with both scoring 16 out of 70.
US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds
Natural News - 2/25/2013.
By Jon Rappoport - You're a farmer. Season after season, you watch your fields being taken over by Monsanto superweeds, which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup. What are you going to do?
New Study Finds Pesticides Leading Cause of Grassland Bird Declines
American Bird Conservancy - 2/25/2013.
A new study led by a preeminent Canadian toxicologist identifies acutely toxic pesticides as the most likely leading cause of the widespread decline in grassland bird numbers in the United States, a finding that challenges the widely-held assumption that loss of habitat is the primary cause of those population declines.
Spanish Test: Mediterranean Diet Shines In Clinical Study
National Public Radio - 2/25/2013.
By Scott Hensley - Pour on the olive oil in good conscience, and add some nuts while you're at it. A careful test of the so-called Mediterranean diet involving more than 7,000 people at a high risk of having heart attacks and strokes found the diet reduced them when compared with a low-fat diet.
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