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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
Maine dairy farmers getting trickle of temporary relief
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: The USDA says it plans to pay Maine dairy farmers 59 cents per hundred-weight for milk produced in September. The additional payments were welcome news to Maine's struggling dairy farmers, but several people in the industry said much larger reforms are needed.
The Mill at Freedom Falls
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2013.
Video: Restoring the mill at Freedom Falls has become a labor of love Tony Grassi of Camden. He bought the run-down building and successfully had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now he is overseeing the restoration and hopes to attract commercial tenants when the work is complete.
Our View: Groundfishing limits are a disaster for this region
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
Editorial - What is happening to the Northeast's groundfishing industry is a natural disaster, just as devastating as a drought or a wildfire. But the federal government is just making it worse.
Biochar Cookstoves Boost Health for People and Crops
National Geographic - 1/29/2013.
By Stacey Schultz - Fumes from traditional open-fire cookstoves kill 3.5 million people a year - more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Biochar cookstoves help counter this problem and create a soil amendment that holds carbon in the soil, improves water-holding capacity and adds nutrients. They also use less wood to cook a given amount of food. One researcher is even drying an invasive plant - water hyacinth - and burning it in biochar cookstoves.
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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 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

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

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