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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Gulf of Mexico: from magnificent resource to industrial sacrifice zone
Grist - 5/1/2010.
By Tom Philpott – According to the EPA, the Gulf is the home of 59 percent of U.S. oyster production. Nearly three-quarters of wild shrimp harvested in the United States call it home. It is a major breeding ground for prized and endangered fish, including bluefin tuna, snapper, and grouper. It would be a wise policy to protect the Gulf, to nurture the health of its ecosytems, to leave it at least as productive as we found it for the next generations. So, how are we doing? As I write this, oil is gushing into the Gulf at the rate of 5,000 barrels per day, 5,000 feet below the water's surface.
Belfast students learn about gardening
Bangor Daily News - 5/1/2010.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: A sudden hailstorm meant the kids pulling dandelions and witch grass at the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project on Thursday afternoon were due for an unscheduled break. They dashed, giggling, through the pelting ice and pulled up short in a warm, sheltered hoop house where spicy mustard greens and spinach are thriving. “My favorite part is just being outside,” said Desi Dodd, 12, of Belmont, who has been working in the organic garden “all year.”
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March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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