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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 towers above seed rivals
Kennebec Journal - 12/14/2009.
By Christopher Leonard – St. Louis: Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Savor extravagance of luscious Crab Strata
Bangor Daily News - 12/12/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – The holiday season seems like a good time to be a little extravagant, and this recipe for Crab Strata is a pretty luscious one. I picked it up this summer in Stonington-Deer Isle from Caroline Rittenhouse who got it from the Stonington artist Michie Stovall O’Day.
Readfield: Residents warm to appeal for orchard
Kennebec Journal - 12/11/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Readfield: More than 30 people crowded into a newly opened cafe here Thursday night to learn the latest about a nonprofit group's efforts to preserve a local orchard. By the end of the 90-minute information session, some were opening up their checkbooks to lend support to the conservation effort.
Is Walmart the future of local food?
Grist - 12/11/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the most important historic developments in the food economy is embodied in this statistic: in 1900, 40 percent of every dollar spent on food went to the farmer or rancher while the rest was split between inputs and distribution. Now? 7 cents on the dollar goes to the producer and 73 cents goes just to distribution. That’s worth keeping in mind when you read things like this: " ... Wal-Mart, now the nation’s largest supermarket chain as well as retailer, has gotten into the local scene, embarking on an effort to procure more of its produce from local growers."
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