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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
For more nutritious diet, go with whole grains
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Look at the packaging for anything from Wonder Bread to Cocoa Puffs and you'll see big splashy letters proclaiming: "Made With Whole Grain." These claims reflect the fact that Americans eat very few whole grains, but are constantly told they need to eat more.
Eat, write, say
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Ali Perkins, a senior from the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, had never given much thought to being a food writer – she wants to be a teacher. But there she was last Thursday night, standing on stage before a crowd at the Space Gallery in Portland, reading her essay about a hike that taught her about wild Maine foods.
To make local food more accessible, time to revive mid-sized farms
Grist - 3/15/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Today is National Agriculture Day. Have you hugged your farmer yet? To celebrate this special day, I've dug this column out of the archives, originally published three years ago this spring. It's a tribute to mid-size farms, which don't make nearly as much cash as their industrial-scale brethren and don't get nearly the love lavished on small farms.
Permaculture: Deconstructing a Definition
Energy Bulletin - 3/15/2011.
by Lisa Fernandes. Permaculture, at its core, is a design process (1) and set of techniques (2) for creating resilient (3) and [truly] sustainable (4) human habitats and healthy ecosystems. (5) Now, I will footnote the daylights out of this definition, which is one of many definitions currently in use, all of which have virtues and drawbacks.
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