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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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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
A critical mass for real food
Yes! - 8/6/2012.
By Anim Steel – A doorway in West Africa's Elmina Fort is a Door of No Return. It is the last part of Africa you would touch if you were a slave being led from the dungeon to a waiting ship. I stood in front of this door a few years ago while visiting my family in Ghana. This door represents many things. It represents our capacity for cruelty – as well as resilience. It also represents the beginning of our modern food system.
Trimming, weeding, cutting – getting ready for the Backyard Locavore Tour
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/5/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Our garden is part of the of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Backyard Locavore Day next weekend – Saturday if it doesn't rain hard; Aug. 12 if it does. It all began in February when Diana Hibbard, a home horticulture coordinator with the extension, sent me an email thanking me for writing about extension projects in the past.
Private toll road across Maine is proposed
The New York Times - 8/4/2012.
By Katherine Q. Seelye – The problem in Maine is that most of its major roads run north-south. Very few run east-west, which makes traversing the state one long, slow slog. Peter Vigue, the chairman and chief executive of the Cianbro Corporation, a large engineering and construction company based in Maine, is hoping to change that. He has proposed a $2 billion private toll road running 220 miles across the state.
Aroostook livestock growers express need for USDA facility in the county
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2012.
By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News – If Aroostook potato farmers had to ship every spud 400 miles to get a necessary pre-sale stamp of approval, there’d probably be a lot less growers in the region. In order for cattle farmers to be able to sell their product to grocery chains, such as Hannaford, they have to first get that United States Department of Agriculture stamp on every side of beef — which means trucking the steer hundreds of miles south.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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