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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
Farm Living (Subsidized by a Job Elsewhere)
The New York Times - 2/7/2009.
EVER thought of chucking it all and moving to the country? According to the Agriculture Department, an increasing number of Americans are doing just that, by embracing a “Green Acres” lifestyle. But few of them are making a living at it: more often than not, their work in the fields is subsidized by an off-the-farm job.
Gardening year will begin when you plant peas
Bangor Daily News - 2/7/2009.
By Reeser Manley – Planting peas is an inaugural event in the gardening year, an early-spring ritual that starts with spreading composted goat manure over the surface of a sunny, well-drained bed, forking it in, then raking the bed surface level.
Consider alternative to interest
Bangor Daily News - 2/7/2009.
By Ali Shareef – The financial crises of the past few months have resulted in some deep soul-searching as we struggle to understand why what seemed to be the bedrock of financial stability came crumbling down. First Wachovia, the nation’s No. 4 bank holding company, then Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, followed by Merrill Lynch.
Farming in Maine a growing business
Portland Press Herald - 2/6/2009.
More people are farming in Maine – often on smaller specialty farms – as the state's agricultural community works to meet the surge in demand for locally grown produce, dairy and meats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest five-year census this week, showing that the number of farms in Maine increased by 13 percent, to 8,136, from 2002 to 2007, compared with a 4 percent increase nationwide.
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March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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

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

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

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