A Seed Swap and Scion Exchange will be held on Sunday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is free, though donations are always welcome, and no registration is required. The event is cosponsored by MOFGA, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance and Fedco Seeds. 

Mark Fulford will be teaching his class on grafting techniques; Will Bonsall will discuss tree crops and how to meet their mineral needs; Abbie Sewall will talk about elderberries; and Aaron Parker will speak about propagating woody plants without grafting.

Talks and demonstrations about seed saving will include one on saving seeds in the land of genetically engineered crops. For those who have saved seeds and want to know what to do with them next, Daniel MacPhee of Blackbird Rise will offer his expertise and demonstrate equipment for garden- and farm-scale work.

On-site grafting will be done from 10:30 to 2:30 in the Exhibition Hall. Participants can choose from scionwood provided or bring their own and have a tree grafted on the spot; MOFGA will provide rootstock. All proceeds will go to MOFGA’s Maine Heritage Orchard. Labels, tape and markers will be available, “but it always helps to bring your own.”

On sale will be T-shirts, books, posters, grafting supplies and rootstock. In addition, there will be a space set aside for exchanging fertile eggs for hatching.

Guests are invited to bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings they have to share with others; last year MOFGA gave away scionwood from some 300 fruit varieties. For tips on storing scionwood to bring, go to www.mofga.org or contact MOFGA orchardist C.J. Walke at 568-4142.

For more information including complete schedule, go to mofga.org/Events/SeedSwapScionExchange.