The annual Seed Swap and Scion Exchange event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, the Maine Seed Saving Network and Fedco, the combined Seed Swap and Scion Exchange is like the most wonderful flea market in the world for farmers and gardeners.
Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring seeds, scionwood or cuttings – even baked goods or fertile hatching eggs – to share freely with others. Labels, tape and markers will be available at the event to identify contributions. Participants will be able to buy T-shirts, books, grafting supplies, rootstock and lunch.
Ongoing activities and hour-long presentations begin at 11 a.m. Presentations include the following:
The Graft Union: An exploration of technique and relevance, with Anne Halle
Planning for Pollinators in Your Orchard, with Carol Armatis and Michele Cabral
Propagating Woody Plants without Grafting, with Aaron Parker
Still Playing with Beans, with Sam Birch
Cider and Cider Orchards in England, France, Germany and Spain, with John
Bunker, Todd Little-Siebold, David Buchanan and Noah Fralich
Grassroots Seed Network, with Will Bonsall and other GSN members
Home-grown Hazelnuts, with Will Bonsall
Seed Saving Open Forum, with Roberta Bailey and Heron Breen
A complete schedule is available at www.mofga.org. Admission is free, and no registration is required. For information on storing scionwood to bring to the event, see www.mofga.org or contact C. J. Walke, MOFGA’s organic orchardist, at 207-568-4142.