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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
Whole Foods Looks Beyond Non-GMO
Organic Connections - 9/27/2013.
By Ken Roseboro - Non-GMO transparency will be a minimum benchmark for products sold in Whole Foods Markets with the ultimate goal being to transition more companies to organic, says Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods’ executive global grocery coordinator.
Harvest is a tradition of growing up in Aroostook County
Bangor Daily News - 9/27/2013.
By Renee Chalou-Ennis - Harvest in Aroostook County has a long-standing tradition of making honest young men out of gangly, pimply-faced boys and strong, hard-working young women out of teenage girls. Harvest in Aroostook County can be a turning point for many young people, a series of pivotal moments, usually occurring just as the sun rises above the foggy river to the East, when they learn exactly how much Mother Earth will demand of their time and bodies.
Western farmers face labor shortages in the fields
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Gosia Wozniacka, AP: Fresno, Calif. - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
New England sees rise in warm-water ocean species
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Clarke Canfield, AP - Portland: Fish commonly found in warm ocean waters to the south have become more common in New England as ocean temperatures rise. Over the past two years, fishermen in southern New England have seen an increase in croaker, cobia and spot, species more commonly found in waters off the mid-Atlantic.
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