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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
Another summer, another food crisis?
Common Dreams - 3/16/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Corn prices peaked during the run up to the 2008 economic crisis at $7.88 per bushel and as the prices of corn and other commodities rose we saw food riots worldwide. Commodity prices soon came back the earth – corn is currently trading at about $4 a barrel. Given that we’re in the middle of an anemic recovery, you’d think spiking food prices are thankfully the last thing we have to worry about.
Plenty to learn at the B&M Bean factory
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.
By Ray Routhier – Portland: When Conrad Lausier first uttered the words "watch yourself" to me, I thought he was being a little overly cautious. I mean, he was taking me through the B&M Baked Beans factory on the edge of Casco Bay in Portland. How dangerous could baking beans be? But within minutes, I saw a 900-pound bean pot, full of freshly baked beans, flying toward me. Literally.
Maple syrup tradition continues
Kennebec Journal - 3/15/2010.
By David Leaming – Norridgewock: The line of bucket-skirted rock maple trees leads to the saphouse where Cheri Farley keeps a steady eye on the boiling sap that soon will be turn into sweet maple syrup. Because of unseasonably warm weather, Farley and hundreds of people in central Maine are tapping trees, collecting sap and boiling it into golden sweetness.
New study says school food may make kids fatter
Grist - 3/15/2010.
By Ed Bruske – A new study from the University of Michigan finds that kids who eat the food served in schools are more likely to be overweight or obese than peers who bring lunch from home, and also are more likely to suffer from high levels of "bad" cholesterol.
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