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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
Legislator wants Maine to expand maple syrup industry
Bangor Daily News - 2/3/2011.
By Terry Karkos – Rumford: A local lawmaker wants Maine to tap into the unrealized potential for growing its maple syrup industry. State Rep. Matt Peterson, D-Rumford, said Friday by e-mail that he’s submitted a resolve to create a commission that would study the potential for expanding the Maine Maple Sugar Industry.
How the next farm bill could plant a new crop of farmers
Grist - 2/3/2011.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute – USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently called for 100,000 new farmers – a recognition that the U.S. farm population is aging rapidly. To create a revitalized, sustainable, and socially just food system, we need to cultivate a new generation of farmers – and quickly.
A food manifesto for the future
The New York Times - 2/2/2011.
By Mark Bittman – For decades, Americans believed that we had the world’s healthiest and safest diet. We worried little about this diet’s effect on the environment or on the lives of the animals (or even the workers) it relies upon. Nor did we worry about its ability to endure – that is, its sustainability. That didn’t mean all was well.
Camden chefs take Maine menu to New York
Bangor Daily News - 2/2/2011.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – The menu is set for “From Maine With Love,” a five-course dinner contrived by two Camden chefs, who jointly will prepare it on Feb. 9 at the prestigious James Beard House, a New York venue for select chefs from around the world to showcase their talents and regional cuisine.
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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

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