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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
Researchers: Eating blueberries, apples reduces diabetes risk
Portland Press Herald - 8/30/2013.
By Albertina Torsoli / Bloomberg News - Geneva: If you want to reduce your chances of becoming a diabetic, you're better off munching apples or blueberries instead of sipping fruit juice, researchers found.
Local Farmers Give FDA Reps Earful Over Proposed Produce Regulations
The Free Press - 8/29/2013.
By Andy O’Brien - At a tense public hearing last week in Augusta, dozens of farmers and local-food fans voiced strong opinions to representatives from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on newly proposed regulations governing the growing and processing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Norridgewock school garden a learning, helping project
Kennebec Journal - 8/29/2013.
By Rachel Ohm - When students at Mill Stream Elementary School returned to classes this week, they also picked up on a community garden project that began in the spring.
Stink Bug Populations Could Harm Late-Season Harvests
Environmental News Network - 8/29/2013.
Halyomorpha halys, better known as the stink bug, was accidentally introduced into the United States in 1998. Being known as an invasive species in recent years, this bug has infested homes from the Midwest and East Coast, causing significant damage as an agricultural pest.
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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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