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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
Maine chef honored as best in the Northeast
Bangor Daily News - 5/6/2009.
A Portland restaurant owner has been named the best chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Foundation. Rob Evans, who runs Hugo’s restaurant, was named the winner at Monday night’s awards ceremony in New York City. Evans beat out three chefs from Massachusetts and another chef from Maine for the honor.
40 Countries Will Try Fighting Malaria Without DDT
Environmental News Service - 5/6/2009.
In an effort to rid the world of the pesticide DDT, used to fight the mosquito that transmits malaria, 40 countries are set to test non-chemical methods to combat the deadly disease, three United Nations agencies announced today.
Abuzz in bee study: Maine playing key role in researching deadly disorder
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2009.
by Sharon Kiley Mack. Even though colony collapse disorder, which has devastated commercial bee populations throughout the world, has not appeared in Maine, the University of Maine is playing a key role in studying it.
Organic berry growers say bumblebees thriving
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2009.
by Sharon Kiley Mack. The bumblebee, a true Maine native, is black and yellow, hairy and large. Already this spring, they are active at Hatch Knoll Farm, an organic berry farm. Bees are the most important pollinators in wild blueberry and other agricultural landscapes in Maine. Despite the concerns of the massive, conventional blueberry producers that the bee population is waning, Peter and Debbie Aldridge say that since they switched to organic growing, the bees are thriving.
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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 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

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

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