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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
Bye bye bumblebee: honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in danger
Grist - 6/21/2012.
By John Upton – Not so long ago, it was difficult to venture outdoors anywhere on the East Coast without encountering the rusty-patched bumblebee. But researchers have known for more than a decade that many of North America’s once-plentiful bumblebee species have all but disappeared.
Support for food ordinance on the upswing in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/20/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eight Maine towns have now adopted an ordinance that would exempt small farms from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements when farmers sell food directly to neighbors and other individuals. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb notes that state and federal law supersedes local ordinances.
Brooks man rebuilds apple ladder business after fire with community’s help
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: The floor of Peter Baldwin’s old chicken barn was covered in golden curls of wood shavings Sunday afternoon, with the bright smell of fresh sawdust rising in the air. It was a cheerful contrast to the scene at the same property just over a month ago, when his 23-year-old Baldwin Apple Ladders manufacturing business burned to the ground in a devastating fire that left him reeling and uncertain how to rebuild.
New draft horse team arrives as Darthia Farm rebuilds from devastating fire
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Gouldsboro: In this neck of the Schoodic Peninsula the main equestrian fascination was Archie and Andy, two hefty Haflinger draft horses that arrived on Friday from Kentucky to take up permanent residence at Darthia Farm on West Bay Road in Gouldsboro.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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