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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
Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?
Grist - 3/26/2012.

Will the Tea Party GOP take farm policy back to 1949 by refusing to pass a farm bill before September?

Do Children Harvest Your Food?
The Atlantic - 3/26/2012.
By Helene York – Americans pay a fantastically low percentage of our income on food – less than in any other developed country. The Harvest, U Roberto Romano's poignant film, forces us to think about where our food is coming from. Today, nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest 25 percent of our crops.
Here's what we know – and what we'll never know [about salmonella tainted ground beef sold at Hannaford]
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Leslie Bridgers. Late last year, salmonella from tainted ground beef sickened at least 20 people – and maybe hundreds more. How did it happen?

USDA knew of risks, yet imposed no rules
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Jonathan Riskind. The federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's beef supply has known for 14 years that retailers' poor record keeping jeopardizes public health, but it failed to require better standards.

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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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