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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
Fedco Seeds: The David to Monsanto’s Goliath
Green Fork - 3/24/2009.
Seed money for start-ups may be evaporating faster than California’s dwindling reservoirs, but this rocky economy is proving to be fertile ground for the seed industry. Cash-strapped consumers, scared by the specter of an empty fridge, are investing in the ultimate low-tech, high-yield start-up: the kitchen garden.
The chemical in your baby's bottle
Boston Globe - 3/23/2009.
By Laura N. Vandenberg and Maricel V. Maffini - We live in a chemical stew. So pervasive are the chemicals in the food we eat, in the products we use to keep our bodies, clothes, and houses clean, and in keeping our lawns manicured that it has become impossible to avoid them. We are surrounded by chemicals. Over 80,000 are in use and an additional 1,000-2,000 are introduced each year; however, only about 2 percent are tested by regulatory agencies for safety.
Wayne teen’s project growing toward fruition
Kennebec Journal - 3/23/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Wayne will become the latest Kennebec County town this summer to feature a farmers' market boasting fresh, locally grown produce straight from the source. A handful of Wayne-area farmers and growers are gearing up to sell their goods at the Wayne Farmers' Market, which will launch July 5. The venture will run each Sunday morning, likely wrapping up in September, according to organizer Emily Perkins. "I think that this'll definitely be a good place for people, not just from Wayne to come, but from the area," said Perkins, 17.
Maple producers welcome Mainers into their sugarhouses and offer a taste of tradition
Kennebec Journal - 3/23/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy and Scott Monroe – Old Fort Western came alive Sunday as families learned about the intricate process of making Maine maple syrup – as well as sampling the goodies that have syrup in them.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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