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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
Farmers' lawsuit against Monsanto heads back to federal court
Kennebec Journal - 11/23/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A lawsuit filed by a nationwide consortium of farmers against the chemical giant Monsanto concerning genetically modified seeds is headed for court again. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., will hear oral arguments in the case on Jan. 10 and is expected to rule within three months of the hearing.
Organic Farmers Slam GMO-Friendly USDA Report
Common Dreams - 11/21/2012.
Organic farmers and allies have slammed a USDA committee report for kowtowing to the interests of genetically modified crop growers and the biotechnology industry.
Thankful for family, thankful for potatoes
WCSH6.com - 11/21/2012.
By Jackie Ward – New Limerick: It's a brisk November day in New Limerick, but there are potatoes that need to be picked. Wind gusts are making the day a chilly one – conditions these harvesters are used to. "It's unique, it's different," Brian Doescher said. "It requires long hours this time of year. Don't expect to get a day off even if it rains, because then we have to put orders out."
Maple Syrup, Moose, and the Impacts of Climate Change in the North
Science Daily - 11/20/2012.
In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources. And, according to a new BioScience paper just released by twenty-one scientists, without long-term studies at the local scale – we will be ill-prepared to predict and manage these effects.
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