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MARCH 30, 2017

Delton Curtis demonstrated grafting at the Seed Swap and Scion Exchange.

Organic Gardening Tip:
Graft Fruit Trees this Spring

The Seed Swap and Scion Exchange at MOFGA was such a success (see below)! For more information about grafting fruit trees, see Roberta Bailey's article "A Spring Grafting Primer" in the March-May 2011 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.
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Seed and Scionwood Exchange a Success

"Thousands of feet of scionwood flowed out the doors." That's how John Bunker characterized the 2017 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, cosponsored by MOFGA, Fedco Trees and the Maine Tree Crop Alliance and held last Sunday. At this prolific propagation success, more than 600 participants took home free scionwood from well over 200 fruit tree varieties, thanks to dozens of donors. And the Maine Heritage Orchard raised nearly $800 grafting trees! Twelve tables of donated seeds added to the draw, as did Daniel MacPhee's demonstration of a low-tech seed cleaning apparatus. Thanks to all of our donors, to our wonderful presenters and demonstrators and to our volunteers for all their help!

Photo courtesy of Laura Sieger 
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Board of Pesticides Control Meeting - March 31, 2017   

The March 31, 2017, Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) meeting will be held in Room 118 of the Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Augusta. The agenda includes discussions about the board's budget, about laws relating to using unmanned aircraft (drones) to apply pesticides, about adding Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) to the list of biologicals approved for application against browntail moth within 250 feet of the mean high water mark, and more. The agenda and supporting documents for the meeting are posted at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/documents2/bd_mtgs/Mar17/BPC%203-31-17%20all%20docs.pdf.  
Store- - - -

MOFGA's Online Country Store Spring Sale!      

2016 Common Ground Country Fair items are 16 percent off (totes, T-shirts and sweatshirts, posters and onesies) from April 1-16. This is a perfect time to get a reusable tote for the farmers' markets or a new shirt to garden in. Let Toki Oshima's beautiful rendition of Rainbow Swiss chard remind you that spring weather is coming! 
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Winter Gardening Workshop with Eric Sideman - Pest and Disease Control    

Learn about common vegetable diseases and insects in your garden, and some organic options for their management and control, from Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist, on April 2, 2-3:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick. $5 suggested donation at the door. This event is one of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Winter Gardening Workshops, a part of its Tom Settlemire Community Garden. FMI: http://www.btlt.org/tscg-events/ 
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Grow Your Own Organic Garden

Join us on April 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., to learn how to grow your own organic garden! At 30-plus locations statewide, MOFGA farmers and gardeners will present this workshop covering soil science, composting, weed control and more. Register through your local Adult Education program. FMI:
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Sustainability Awards and Scholarships to be Announced on April 5  

Winners of three $1,500 scholarships will be announced at the 2017 Source Sustainability Awards celebration on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The awards are granted annually to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement.

This joint project of MOFGA and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source, generously supported by Lee Auto Malls, helps support a MOFGA New Farmer Training Program participant, a Maine high school senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine, and a Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture.

For more about the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact smanning@mainetoday.com. Tickets for the Source Sustainability Awards celebration, which also recognizes and honors the people, nonprofits and businesses connecting Maine to its roots and making the state a healthier place to live, are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-source-sustainability-awards-tickets-31042178993.
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Belfast Garden Club Scholarships  

The Belfast Garden Club is offering two annual scholarships of $1,000 to Waldo County high school seniors who plan to major in an earth-friendly field, such as sustainable agriculture. Ask your guidance counselor for an application or visit BelfastGardenClub.org. The application deadline is April 30.
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Blueberry Talk on WERU/MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show 

On Friday, April 7, from 10 to 11 a.m., Common Ground Radio host C.J. Walke (MOFGA's organic orchardist) will talk about blueberries with MOFGA-certified organic growers Nicolas Lindholm and Theresa Gaffney and with Dave Yarborough from UMaine Cooperative Extension. Tune it at 89.9 or 99.9 FM.
Pruning- - - -

Organic Orcharding Workshops

Grafting Workshop at COA: Date Change - Please note that the Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees, previously scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1 at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, has been changed to Sunday, April 9.

Grafting Fruit Trees
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., April 8 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sun., April 9 - College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members 
Please bring your own bag lunch
Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrate Whip and Tongue and T-Budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch.

Organic Orcharding 101
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat., April 15 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it.
PCSWCD- - - -

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA 

Want to learn how to graft your own fruit trees for a home orchard? Do you have older fruit trees at home that you would like to graft onto new rootstock? The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with MOFGA and Dover-Dexter Area in Transition will provide a hands-on fruit tree grafting workshop on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Abbot Town Office. C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard specialist and farm manager at College of the Atlantic, will lead this workshop. Participants will take home five young apple trees that they graft. FMI and to register (required; $35): Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, 207-564-2321, ext. 3, or info@piscataquisswcd.org, or visit 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft.
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Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA   

Help us clean up the grounds for spring! We'll celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with some volunteer projects at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Everyone who lends a hand will get lunch and a T-shirt. All ages and experience levels are welcome. FMI and to RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

Plant Trees at the Maine Heritage Orchard

The Maine Heritage Orchard is a ten-acre preservation orchard on the MOFGA grounds in Unity. It is currently home to 280 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown in Maine. On Earth Day, April 22, we will plant 30 more varieties. The orchard is planted on a terraced, reclaimed gravel pit and is managed using innovative, organic orchard practices. For information about planting trees with us, RSVP to alibby@mofga.org. For more information on the Maine Heritage Orchard, visit our web page on MOFGA.org or email us at apples@mofga.org  
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MOFGA-El Salvador Empty Bowl Supper on April 22 

The MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's annual Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 22 (not April 29 as previously planned), at 6 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Belfast, at 18 Spring Street. The supper is not at the Unitarian Universalist Church this year because of construction there; we deeply appreciate the donation of that space for the past decade-plus. Please join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and for delicious soups served in bowls made by expert Maine craftspeople. We'll also have breads and desserts. Anyone who would like to donate bowls may leave them at the MOFGA office or contact jenglish@tidewater.net. Thank you for supporting MOFGA's connection with our herman@s in El Salvador!
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New England Meat Conference   

MOFGA is helping to set up the New England Meat Conference, which will take place on April 28-29 at The Radisson Manchester Downtown, Manchester, N.H. Explore how to continue growing the New England meat economies, continue developing robust infrastructure and foster business relationships. With over 25 educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and the illustrious Meat Ball, the event offers many opportunities to learn from and network among local and national leaders. FMI and tickets: https://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/ 
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Maine Composts Week

May 7-13 is Maine Composts Week. If you're cleaning out your winter greenhouse or root cellar and have leftover crops, consider donating them to Maine Composts Week's Community Supper events. FMI: mainecompostsweek@gmail.com or https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/maine-composts-week/. The website has other ideas for composting and reducing food waste.
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ATTRA updates "Brambles: Organic Production"      

This free publication focuses on organic practices for blackberry and raspberry production. It discusses cultural considerations, including site selection, establishment, pruning and trellising, and it introduces organic practices for fertility, weed, disease and insect management. It also provides new information on greenhouse production and season extension and addresses economics and marketing.
EventsEvents in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

April 5 - 3rd Annual Source Sustainability Awards. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine. Winners of the 2017 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships will be announced as part of the event. For event details and tickets go to: sourceawards2017.eventbrite.com

April 5 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 to 9 p.m., locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening. Directory of class locations.

April 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

April 8 - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org

April 8 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

April 9 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

April 8 - UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association's Rural Living Day. Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike. https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/

April 8 - HOPE Festival. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation and Fitness Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME. Enjoy arts, displays from more than 60 organizations, an interactive children's space, delicious food, and more! For more information, visit http://peacectr.org/wp/hope-festival-2016-creating-the-future-art-social-change/

April 15 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Please bring a bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Register here.

April 19 - Maine Fair Trade Campaign Annual Meeting: "Fair Trade in the Post-TPP Era." Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Hall, 21 Gabriel Dr., Augusta. 5:30 social hour; 6 p.m. dinner and meeting. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemYLKlf4ipHOTISFayAN98FQErsDeZGBNbeuA7dLInNgq4UQ/viewform

April 22 - Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

April 22 - Maine Heritage Orchard Spring Tree Planting at MOFGA. 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

April 22 - MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper. 6 p.m., United Farmers Market of Belfast, 18 Spring Street, Belfast. More information

April 28-29 - New England Meat Conference, Manchester, N.H. https://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/

May 11 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information. Registration opening soon.

May 13 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

May 25 - MOFGA Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.


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