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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
New initiative designed to help connect farmers, consumers
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: When several Belfast City Hall employees joined a community-supported agriculture program this summer, they ultimately cooked up much more than just the fresh vegetables from Bahner Farm in nearby Belmont.
What’s in a name, anyway?
Kennebec Journal - 10/13/2011.
By Denis Thoet – It's an article of faith at the farm that organically raised food tastes better, and is better for us than food grown by "conventional" agriculture with its chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified crops. A 30-year study by the Rodale Institute confirms that organic farming has other substantial benefits.
Land trusts provide critical role in state conservation movement
Kennebec Journal - 10/12/2011.
Op-Ed by George Smith – Maine's land trusts provide the ground troops for the state's conservation movement. Many Mainers have toiled for decades – most as volunteers – to protect, conserve and maintain our very best places.
Fledgling farms ripen at Six River
Portland Press Herald - 10/12/2011.
By Brooke Dojny – I recently spent a couple of days touring several midcoast farms and markets with a group led by John Piotti, director of Maine Farmland Trust. MFT is a statewide nonprofit with the mission of protecting Maine's farmland and keeping farms working. The Trust, which has helped preserve more than 22,000 farm acres since its founding in 1999 and hopes to save 100,000 acres by 2014, uses a series of creative models designed to achieve its goal.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

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April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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