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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
USDA eyes opportunities in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Matt Wickenheiser – In the 1980s the farm economy collapsed in America, and farmers were faced with huge payments and no income. Dallas Tonsager was a dairy farmer in South Dakota and remembers how farmers set their minds on building industries that use the products they grew. “Lots of people will argue over ethanol, but it worked, local farmers invested in it,” Tonsager said. “It created jobs, economic activity, a market for their product – everybody benefited.” Today Tonsager is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for rural development.
Forcing branches of flowering trees and shrubs
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Reeser Manley – By early March, gardeners are aching to be in the garden. Why not get a head start on pruning garden trees and shrubs and, at the same time, bring a touch of early spring into the house? Branches of many woody plants can be forced into early flower in late winter, providing a glimpse of the season ahead.
Is ‘prescription for disaster’ our ‘most optimistic’ climate future?
Common Dreams - 2/11/2012.
New climate information from French scientists indicate that global warming of 2 C is the "most optimistic" scenario. Yet this is the amount of warming James Hansen has referred to as a "prescription for disaster."
Lexicon of sustainability: salmon-safe
Grist - 2/10/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – Any discussion about the sustainability of salmon is no longer limited to analyzing the numbers of fish pulled from the sea. Each winter, salmon return to rivers and creeks in the Pacific Northwest to spawn, but if these waterways are impacted by surburban spawl or pollution from agricultural runoff, their numbers are dramatically reduced.
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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 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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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