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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
English-Muffin Egg Pizzas
Maine Food & Lifestyle - 3/22/2013.
Plating Up - These mini breakfast pizzas will soon become a family favorite. You can hard-cook eggs in advance and store unpeeled in the refrigerator for a week, which will shave off plenty of prep minutes in the morning.
EPA Favors 'Bee-Toxic Pesticides' Over Future of Food, Groups Charge
Common Dreams - 3/22/2013.
By Jacob Chamberlain - Arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed in its obligation to protect the nation's bee population from dangerous pesticides, a group of beekeepers and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the EPA's inaction is causing great harm to biodiversity and the future of food in the U.S.
Climate swings put heat on Maine’s syrup makers to start earlier, think smarter
Bangor Daily News - 3/22/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - While most Mainers enjoy the kickoff of the state’s maple season in late February or early March, Eric Ellis’ syrup season started up in late January, with his workers beginning to drill holes and lay lines for the trees in Big Six Township, north of Jackman. It pays these days for maple producers to be prepared to catch an early run, Ellis said.
Is there room in the market for small organic dairy farmers?
Mother Nature Network - 3/22/2013.
By Shea Gunther - 'Betting The Farm' tells the story of a group of intrepid organic farmers struggling to keep their small Maine dairy farms alive. Learn about how MOO Milk is fighting for a place in your refrigerator.
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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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