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Sunday, March 20, 2016

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

FREE, no registration required

2016 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange a Success
 
 

Vendors:

Adaptive Ag

Fedco

Gold Star Bees

Grassroots Seed Network

Island Farm Kitchen

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Maine Grains Alliance

Maine Heritage Orchard

Maine Rice Project

Maine Tree Crop Alliance

Medomak Valley

MOFGA

Sam Birch

 
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).
 

Schedule for 2016 Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange
 
  Library (Upstairs) Downstairs Office Exhibition Hall Shop
10:00 a.m. Perennial Polyculture Design with Jesse Watson
 

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
(All day)

Custom Grafting: Get your scion grafted at the Exchange for a donation to the Maine Heritage Orchard for $10.


 

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Farm and Garden Seed Threshing and Cleaning with Mark Fulford, Medomak Valley, Tom Levesque, Richard Roberts

10:30 a.m.
   
11:00 a.m.

Maine Heritage Orchard Film Screening

Companion Planting for the Home Orchard with Aaron Parker

12:00 noon
Apple Varieties for Making Cider with Gene Cartwright, Angus Deighan and Noah Fralich
Basic Seed Saving with Medomak Valley students
1:00 p.m. Biennial Seed Saving with John Navazio Apples for Cider, Apples for Eating: The Early History of Maine Apples with Todd Little-Siebold
1:30 p.m. Grafting with Mark Fulford
 
2:00 p.m.
  Small Scale Grain Production in Maine with Richard Roberts

 

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange Workshop Descriptions:

Perennial Polyculture Design with Jesse Watson
Library, upstairs, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
In this workshop we will look at patterns of forest and plant ecologies and use these as templates for designing edible and ecologically healthy polycultures. We will discuss polyculture design for small-scale garden and large-scale farm production systems. We will look at plants and the ecological niches they fill and how we can use permaculture design principles to organize these plants into complementary and synergistic patterns in the garden or farm production system. Jesse Watson is the principal operator of Midcoast Permaculture Design. He has worked on permaculture land planning and installation for residential and farm clients since 2009. He has taught summer Permaculture Design Certification classes at MOFGA since 2012 in partnership with the Resilience Hub.

Farm and Garden Seed Threshing and Cleaning with Mark Fulford, Medomak Valley, Tom Levesque, Richard Roberts
Shop, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Demonstrations of machinery, tools and techniques with plenty of Q&A.

Maine Heritage Orchard Film Screening
Library, upstairs, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Come watch the 2015 film by Huey Coleman that was a selected short at the Maine Short Film Festival. Learn about the process behind the establishment at Maine Heritage Orchard.

Companion Planting for the Home Orchard
Downstairs office, 11 a.m. to 12:00 noon
The space around and under crop trees can be planted with plants that not only produce a crop of their own, but benefit the surrounding trees in several ways. We will discuss different roles played by companion plants, recommended species and implementation strategies.


Apple Varieties for Making Cider with Gene Cartwright, Angus Deighan and Noah Fralich
Library, upstairs, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Did you know that the varieties of apples used for making cider are different from eating apples? Join three Maine commercial cidermakers to learn about what apples you may want to use for making cider.


Basic Seed Saving with Medomak Valley students
Downstairs office at 12:00 noon
Students in Medomak Valley High School's Heirloom Seed Project will highlight several important class activities including, seed saving storage, Living History Arboretum, new Rare Breeds Project, and a quick review of historic gardens where their seeds have gone.

Biennial Seed Saving with John Navazio
Library, upstairs, at 1 p.m.
Interested in saving your own seed? Come learn with John Navazio, plant breeder at Johnny's Selected Seeds about saving seed from biennial crops.

Apples for Cider, Apples for Eating: The Early History of Maine Apples with Todd Little-Siebold
Downstairs office at 1 p.m.
The early history of the apple in Maine up to the mid-nineteenth century, exploring the centrality of cider and its decline as well as the shift to the now common eating varieties of the nineteenth century. We will discuss how cider was made and why cider lost its prominence in the 1830s. The talk will be of interest to those interested in the history of horticulture, cider enthusiasts, and folks who are interested in history of heirloom fruit varieties.

Grafting with Mark Fulford
Library, upstairs, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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.

Small Scale Grain Production in Maine with Richard Roberts
Downstairs office at 2 p.m.
Interested in producing your own grain on a small-scale? Stop by for this informational workshop taught by Richard Roberts of the Maine Grain Alliance.


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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