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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
Introducing AgFunder. It’s Here to Kickstart Global Agriculture.
Modern Farmer - 7/9/2013.
By Rebecca Flint Marx - Like Kickstarter, but for ag projects.
Chickens Flood Shelters As Backyard Farmers Call It Quits
Time Magazine - 7/9/2013.
By Melissa Locker - From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, the idea of living off the land, eating locally and growing food are admirable concepts that appeal to many city dwellers. Unfortunately, urban homesteading often provides a romanticized view of farming providing the bounty without all the work. When an erstwhile farmer lays down his pitchfork and ignores the vegetable garden, nothing much happens. However when a chicken farmer gives up on the dream of collecting fresh eggs, a new home must be found for the hens.
As green crab invasion takes toll on Maine clams, researchers worry that lobsters are next victim
Bangor Daily News - 7/9/2013.
By Will Graff, The Forecaster - In recent years, clammers say the rapid growth of the green crabs along sections of Maine’s coast has ravaged shellfish populations, particularly mussels and soft-shell clams. There is concern now that even Maine’s lobster industry may be at risk.
Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli
The New York Times - 7/9/2013.
By Michael Moss - The Eastern Broccoli Project is trying to develop broccoli that will grow in hot, humid summers.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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