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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Organic food is best for kids, pediatricians say
Grist - 10/23/2012.
By Susie Cagle – Organic, babies! The American Academy of Pediatrics is weighing in for the first time on the conventional vs. organic debate. Its verdict? An “extensive analysis of scientific evidence,” it says, suggests that kids who eat organic produce, dairy, and meat “have lower pesticide levels, which may be significant for children.
Great Maine Apple Day offers taste of rare fruits
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 10/22/2012.
By Ben McCanna – Unity: The subject of John Bunker's decades-old search has red cheeks, a round shape and was last seen in Waldo County. It's an apple. For years, Bunker has kept an eye out for the elusive Naked Limbed Greening Apple, along with two dozen other varieties that have faded into obscurity, perhaps growing quietly on a 200-year-old tree in the backyard of an unwitting Mainer.
Pesticide exposure killing bumblebees, too
Treehugger - 10/22/2012.
By Mat McDermott – It's not just honeybees that are being done in, at least in part, by exposure to pesticides. A new report in Nature shows that chronic exposure to neonicotinoid and pyrethroid pesticides at levels similar to that found in fields, "impairs natural foraging behavior and increases worker mortality" in bumblebees, "leading to significant reductions in brood development and colony success."
Pesticide threat looms large over farmworker families
In These Times - 10/21/2012.
By Michelle Chen – No matter how good your next meal tastes, it's likely it made society ill. A new analysis by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN) draws a disturbing connection between pesticides in our food system and serious health problems among women and children. The report reviews empirical research linking agricultural chemicals to birth defects, neurological disorders, childhood cancers and reproductive problems.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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