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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Local food movement gets boost in Northeast
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2011.
Montpelier, Vt.: A new $250,000 federal grant is aimed at putting more locally raised food into New England's schools, colleges and hospitals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, awarded this month to the Northeast committee of the National Farm to School Network, will help pay for expanding processing of local food in Massachusetts, opening a new processing project in Maine and setting up a model distribution system.
Beekeeping alternatives
Treehugger - 2/18/2011.
By Sami Grover – Whether it's my post on learning top-bar hive beekeeping online, the efforts of the Barefoot Beekeeper, or the Bee Whisperer's experiments in alternative beekeeping, there seems to be an appetite out there for information on top-bar hives and other natural beekeeping methods.
Winter farming
Maine Public Broadcasting - 2/18/2011.
MaineWatch – Maine people spend $4 billion per year on food, most of which goes directly out of state (it's the second largest consumer expense in Maine behind energy spending). One group is pushing to keep more food dollars local and winter farming is the key.
'Kids for Greener Camden' campaign for toxin-free lawns
Village Soup - 2/18/2011.
A trio of environmentally-conscious sixth graders is making Camden safer for kids and pets, street by street. Liv Berez, Jade Hazzard and Molly Mann have formed “Kids for a Greener Camden” to join the effort of keeping dangerous chemicals off town lawns. Liv, Jade and Molly, with the support of Camden-Rockport Middle School Principal Maria Libby and Citizens for a Green Camden, are recruiting a brigade of middle school students to help with the campaign.
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