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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
Clifton farmers file appeal on wind farm project
Bangor Daily News - 11/11/2011.
By Dawn Gagnon – Clifton: Twenty-three years ago, Peter and Julie Beckford bought a nearly 60-acre wooded spread off a stretch of Route 180 known locally as Rebel Hill Road and began pursing their version of the American Dream. Now the Beckfords are facing the likelihood that a local business partnership, Pisgah Mountain LLC, soon will begin construction of a $25 million five-turbine wind farm on nearby Pisgah Mountain.
Protecting, encouraging farmers must start at the local level
Kennebec Journal - 11/11/2011.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – As farming shifts from large commodity farming to local farms that actually produce food that is good for you, it would be great if we still had enough land around us to produce our food.
Climate change melting polar regions faster than ever before
The Independent - 11/10/2011.
By Steve Connor – The frozen “cryosphere” of the Earth, from the Arctic sea in the north to the massive ice shelves of Antarctica in the south, is showing the unequivocal signs of climate change as global warming accelerates the melting of the coldest regions of the planet, leading polar scientists warned yesterday.
National Young Farmers’ Coalition releases survey of 1000 young and beginning farmers
National Young Farmers’ Coalition - 11/9/2011.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute – The National Young Farmer’s Coalition released a study today showing that the nation’s young and beginning farmers face tremendous barriers in starting a farming career.
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March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

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