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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Industry groups putting the screws to senators over food-safety amendments
Grist - 11/17/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – The latex gloves are coming off on the sausage-making of S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Senate has voted 74 to 25 for cloture, which starts the 60-day clock for a vote in the full Senate and the amendment process.
Time to talk cranberries, and turkey
Portland Press Herald - 11/17/2010.
By Anne Mahle – A friend called recently and asked what would be local and suitable to bring to a brunch with pancakes or french toast. Local fruit in Maine? In November? Cranberries, of course! And perfect for around Thanksgiving.
The short, happy lives of Pagett Farm turkeys
Village Soup - 11/17/2010.
By Ethan Andrews – Palermo: On Thanksgiving, thousands of turkeys will appear on, and disappear from, tables around Maine. And while most of these birds will hail from industrial farms halfway across the country – Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina are big turkey exporters – around 100 Thanksgiving turkeys will come from Pagett Farm, a small, family-run business in Palermo.
GM mosquito wild release takes campaigners by surprise
Science and Development Network - 11/16/2010.
By Katherine Nightingale – Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month – a year after their initial release.
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