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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
Maine farmers offer peek behind barn doors
Portland Press Herald - 7/21/2013.
By Beth Quimby - Freeport: Barn doors were flung open, fresh produce samples arranged on trays and farm equipment rolled out as dozens of farms welcomed the public Sunday during Maine Open Farm Day.
GMOs in Organics? Seriously?
Organic Connections - 7/21/2013.
By Ken Roseboro - Proponents of biotech­nol­ogy have recently pro­posed inte­grat­ing genet­i­cally mod­i­fied organ­isms into organic agri­cul­ture. Spearheading this con­cept are Pamela Ronald, a pro­fes­sor of plant pathol­ogy at the University of California-Davis, and her hus­band Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer at the UC-Davis’s cer­ti­fied organic farm.
Cheap food is an addiction we must break
The Guardian [UK] - 7/20/2013.
By Tobias Jones - The brilliant American writer Wendell Berry once wrote that "eating is an agricultural act". His point was that since we all eat, we're all responsible for the state of our agriculture. So if things are sorely amiss in our insane food chain, us munching consumers, as much as producers and the demonised retailers, should shoulder the blame.
Cook Your Berries. Drink Dark-Roast Coffee Instead of Light. Let Your Garlic Sit.
Mother Jones - 7/20/2013.
By Tom Philpott - Normally I ignore the latest diet craze. But I can't resist the message of Jo Robinson's new book Eating on the Wild Side. In it, Robinson argues that humanity's 10,000-year-old fixation on agriculture has stripped our most commonly eaten foods of most of their phytonutrients, which are plant-based chemical compounds that keep us healthy.
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