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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
USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse
The Washington Post - 10/29/2013.
By Kimberly Kindy - Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show.
GMO food-label vote may have consequences in Congress
The Seattle Times - 10/29/2013.
By Kyung M. Song - Washington: If Washington voters ratify Initiative 522 next week, the biggest changes may go beyond the state’s grocery shelves, where food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients would be labeled as such.
Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
Environmental Working Group - 10/28/2013.
Lists 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them. Included are organophosphate insecticides and the herbicide atrazine.
Less than 20% of consumers account for almost half of organic sales
Food Navigator USA - 10/28/2013.
By Maggie Hennessy - Across the board, consumers are embracing natural and organic products more and more, with natural/organic retail sales reaching $81.3 billion in 2012, up 13.5% from the year before.
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March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

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April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

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