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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
Monsanto’s losing bet on GM sugar beets has bitter repercussions
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In 2008, the USDA approved planting of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beet, equipped with a gene that allows them to withstand unlimited doses of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. The sugar trade promised to be a big money maker for genetically modified (GM) seed giant Monsanto.
All things apple, together in one place for one day
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Due to the death of a friend, Maine apple guru John Bunker will not be able to attend this Saturday's Great Maine Apple Day, an event he helped found. As a result, the organizers have been scrambling since Thursday to find other experts to fill in the gaps left by Bunker's absence. "Thankfully John's got a lot of contemporaries now," said Andrew Marshall, who directs educational programs for the Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association, where the event will be held.
Sea(food) change toward sustainability
Portland Press Herald - 10/20/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Imagine picking up a can of fish chowder at your local grocery store and tracing the fish that's in it back to where it was caught – and not only to where it was caught, but how it was caught. Now multiply that by a few thousand products, and you have some idea of the monumental task facing George Parmenter, corporate responsibility manager for Hannaford.
Out, invasive species!
Bangor Daily News - 10/19/2010.
Editorial – Invasive species don’t just choke up local ponds and drive out natives; they cost the United States up to $200 billion a year. While non-native animals such as Asian shore crabs and pike have gotten a lot of attention, invasive plants also are a growing problem.
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