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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
Growing hops in Maine? Volunteers hand-pick crop in Aroostook County
Bangor Daily News - 8/31/2013.
By Julia Bayly - The next time you sip a beer from Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company and Gritty McDuff’s, or New Hampshire’s Throwback Brewery, take a moment and toast the helping hands harvesting the hops that made varieties of those brews possible.
New England expects ample apples after dismal 2012
Portland Press Herald - 8/31/2013.
By Dave Gram, The Associated Press - Weather conditions have been favorable to apple production this year, with minimal late frosts, a wet early summer and recent dry conditions. The weather contrasts with conditions a year ago when a warm late April coaxed out the apple blossoms but was followed by a killing frost in many areas.
Starks commission seeks database to connect farmers, laborers
Kennebec Journal - 8/31/2013.
By Rachel Ohm - For the last six years, Kyle Costigan has worked summers at Sweet Land Farm, where he cares for crops and helps harvest hay. He's a senior at Unity College, and he probably will leave the farm to start his career, he said. That will mean the farmer he works for will have to find new help, a task that is familiar but still not easy.
NY judge in Frito-Lay lawsuit refuses to refer GMO/natural issue to FDA: ‘Agency would need far more than six months to define ’natural’
Food Navigator USA - 8/30/2013.
By Elaine Watson - In the 2nd major development this week in the debate over whether foods made with GMOs can be labeled ‘natural’, a NY judge handling a multi-district lawsuit vs Frito-Lay says she will not refer the matter to the FDA, as her counterparts have done in similar cases vs Gruma Corp and General Mills.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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