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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
A billion bees ‘from away’ are essential to Maine’s wild blueberry crop
Bangor Daily News - 5/19/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Deblois: The blueberry barrens of Down East Maine are literally buzzing this weekend with anticipation of a bumper crop of wild bush blueberries, given the recent importation of 1 billion honeybees trucked in from away to help ensure a hefty harvest.
Global warming makes syrup taste gross
Grist - 5/18/2012.
By Jess Zimmerman – The mild winter played hell with maple syrup production, and a lot of what was produced is only good for off-the-table uses like flavoring chewing tobacco. U.S. production dropped from 30 million pounds of syrup to 18 million pounds of yucky goo.
Chemicals in environment ‘damaging male fertility’
BBC News - 5/18/2012.
New evidence has emerged that suggests chemicals routinely found in the environment could be damaging fertility in some men. Researchers tested sheep that had been exposed to chemicals such as cosmetics, detergents and pollutants. They found "abnormalities that could result in low sperm counts in 42% of the animals".
Extend your garden with potted annuals and vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 5/16/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Space is at a premium in Marjorie’s garden, particularly for sun-loving annuals and vegetables. Over the years many of the vegetable garden’s beds have been turned over to cultivation of raspberries, strawberries, grapes and highbush blueberries. Small fruits are Marjorie’s passion. When all of the sunny beds are filled with plants or plans, we plant to containers.
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