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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees
Sat., March 17
Four locations:
• Harpswell
• Bethel
• Mount Desert
• Swanville
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

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Apple Culture: Sleuths encouraged to hunt for Maine’s lost apples
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2017.
By Sean Turley - One of the most pleasant aspects of writing a column about apples is that readers sometimes contact you about the interesting trees on their properties. Although I have never grafted a branch onto rootstock nor laid out an orchard, I’ll gladly oblige requests to identify trees.
Photos: Common Ground Fair from old to new
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2017.
By Jeanne Luetjen - Every fall, upwards of 60,000 people descend on Unity for the Common Ground Country Fair in the spirit of celebrating agriculture in Maine. The fair reawakens the back-to-the-land movement in Waldo County with organic food enthusiasts, craftsman, wool spinners, sheep herding demonstrations and more.
Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk
The Globe and Mail [Canada] - 9/19/2017.
By Jean-Marc Bonmatin - The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.
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March 22 - Farm Labor Models in Practice: Mentoring and Managing Staff for Your Farm's Success

March 25 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

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