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Sunday, March 26, 2017

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

FREE, no registration required

 
 
 

Vendors:

Maine Grain Alliance

Fedco

Maine Heritage Orchard

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Maine Rice Project

Island Farm Kitchen

 
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. If you don't have seeds or scionwood to share, don't fret and join us anyways - maybe bring some baked goods or fertile hatching eggs instead!

We’ll supply labels, tape and markers, and we’ll be selling T-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock.

Admission is free.

For more information, call MOFGA (568-4142).
 

 
  Downstairs Office Library (Upstairs) MOFGA Grounds Exhibition Hall
10:00 a.m.
   

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
(All day)

On-Site Grafting at MEHO table next to FEDCO

Hatching Eggs Exchange

Vendors

Seed Cleaning Demo in Alcove with Seed Set-up

 

11:00 a.m.

Abbie Sewall, Elderberry: Food, Medicine & Magic Roundtable

Will Bonsall, Tree Crops and Minerals

CJ Walke, Harvesting Scionwood: A Walk Through MOFGA's Orchards
12:00 noon

Aaron Parker, Propagating Woody Plants without Grafting  
1:00 p.m.
Mark Fulford, Grafting  
2:00 p.m.
   

 

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange Workshop Descriptions:

Lady Elderberry of The Bailey Farm welcomes your questions, in her discussion of Elderberry: Food, Medicine & Magic. Learn how to grow your own plant medicine, process the berries and live virus-free. Long known as the 'Protector of the Garden,' every landscape should have some! The Bailey Farm is a certified organic elderberry farm in Freeport, Maine, harvesting the finest elderberries since 2013.

Tree Crops and Minerals: In terms of eco-sustainability, tree crops are more self-reliant than shallow rooted annual crops, in part due to their deep-delving roots. How to meet their needs with a minimum of off-farm imports.

Walk through the MOFGA orchards with CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator, and learn how to collect scion for next year's Seed Swap and Scion Exchange!

Propagating Woody Plants without Grafting: Many plants are best grown on their own roots or have interesting advantages on their own roots. Come learn to grow new plants by dividing, layering, rooting cuttings and more.

Tree Crops and Minerals: In terms of eco-sustainability, tree crops are more self-reliant than shallow rooted annual crops, in part due to their deep-delving roots. How to meet their needs with a minimum of off-farm imports.

Grafting - Come join us for our annual grafting how-to workshop with Mark Fulford. Stop by the scion exchange and grab some scion and rootstock, come to the talk, and return home ready to try it on your own.


Not sure how to store your scion wood?

In order to store scionwood for later grafting, the wood must remain dormant and protected from drying out. An effective way to achieve this is to store the scions triple-bagged in zip-loc bags, and keep in the back of the refrigerator. You can add a small piece of damp, not wet, paper towel in with the scions to help retain moisture. The back of the refrigerator is best because temperatures are more stable than near or on the door. Do not store in the freezer. Further questions? Contact CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist by phone 207-568-4142.


    

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