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Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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
Legislator: Report on dairy subsidies silences debate
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – A state senator is accusing the state Department of Agriculture of trying to "squelch" debate on the controversial topic of dairy subsidies. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, who runs a small dairy farm, said the department did not accurately depict the conclusions of the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Maine in a report posted online. Further, Nutting alleges the department did not post a separate report supported by five of the 20 members because it disagreed with the majority.
‘Let’s keep buying home-grown produce’
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Ellen Roberts – First of all I'd like to say, that I am not promoting any advertising of any specific products. I just want to say that I was born and raised in Maine, and am proud to say how good and tasty our home-grown products are.
Gardeners build energy-efficient home with local, natural and recycled materials
Bangor Daily News - 12/5/2009.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – Many of us think we’re being ecologically savvy if we tote groceries in recyclable canvas bags or drive around in a newer model, fuel-efficient car. But to Maia Campoamor and Jacob Mentlik of Montville, living sustainably involves far more. In fact, their lifestyle is about as green as it gets. Their owner-built home, barn, root cellar and three, hoop-style greenhouses, all set on 30 acres off Peavytown Road, form the hub of their organic market garden, a small business called After the Fall Farm.
Cancer from the kitchen?
The New York Times - 12/5/2009.
Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed. The battle over health care focuses on access to insurance, or tempests like the one that erupted over new mammogram guidelines. But what about broader public health challenges? What if breast cancer in the United States has less to do with insurance or mammograms and more to do with contaminants in our water or air -- or in certain plastic containers in our kitchens? What if the surge in asthma and childhood leukemia reflect, in part, the poisons we impose upon ourselves?
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

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