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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
Chemicals and cancer
Bangor Daily News - 5/24/2010.
Editorial – The role synthetic chemicals in the human environment play in causing cancer has been “grossly underestimated,” the President’s Cancer Panel has concluded. In a recent letter to President Barack Obama, the panel urged him “most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air” that needlessly increase health care costs “and devastate our lives.”
French farmers turn Champs-Elysees into huge farm
BBC News - 5/23/2010.
One of Paris's main thoroughfares, the Champs-Elysees, has been covered in earth and turned into a huge green space in an event staged by young French farmers. They want to highlight their financial problems, caused by falling prices for agricultural produce. Plants, trees and flowers were brought in by lorry overnight to transform the avenue into a long green strip. More than a million people are expected to visit over the next two days.
The last of the chicken farmers
Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2010.
By Abigail Curtis – When Merle Grass opened the door to one of his big Route 3 barns in Belfast, rays of dusty sunshine filtered in to illuminate an undulating sea of chickens. Through the dim light, the 9,000 nearly grown hens roamed the open floor of the barn, their brown feathers fluttering in the breeze created by an industrial ventilation system. Some birds were inquisitive, while others concentrated on pecking their feed and getting a drink of water.
Livestock expo is hoofing it
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – The 4th Northeast Livestock Expo will take place Friday through Sunday. "This expo showcases Boer goats and purebred beef cattle, feeder calves and sheep, alpacas ... and rabbits," said Cindy Kilgore, livestock specialist with the state Department of Agriculture.
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