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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
Roberta ‘Joan’ Lipfert, 84, advocate of organic farming
Portland Press Herald - 7/10/2012.
By Melanie Creamer – Woolwich: Roberta "Joan" Lipfert was a loving wife and mother who cared deeply about her community. She was married to Donald Lipfert for nearly 62 years. Together, they became founding members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. She worked in the association's office for many years and helped organize its popular Common Ground Fair.
Brazil set to unleash genetically modified mosquitoes
Common Dreams - 7/10/2012.
Brazil is readying a plan to unleash large numbers of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever, a plan that environmentalists have previously called "dangerously misguided."
Farm camp: chores and a chicken coop
Portland Press Herald - 7/9/2012.
By Gillian Graham – Scarborough: Collecting eggs and feeding chickens is an exciting chore at farm camp. It's extra exciting when a squealing pig escapes its nearby pen, then runs in circles as farmers try to corral it back into the yard. Young campers in brightly colored rubber boots froze in their tracks Thursday as the pig ran around them, then quickly resumed their search for fresh eggs at Broadturn Farm.
Food and extreme weather: it’s the soil, stupid
Mother Jones - 7/9/2012.
By Tom Philpott – The message from the Midwest is clear: Chemical-intensive, industrial-scale farming is vulnerable to spells of hot, dry weather – some of the very conditions we can expect to become common as the climate warms.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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