Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Calendar

Calendar

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Most of the events are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA but other events are listed as well.

Read or download a 2018 calendar of MOFGA's major annual events (2-page PDF, 300K)

Visit the MOFGA Events page

Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Summer

July 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. $35; $25 for MOFGA members. Join Chef Frank Giglio in the MOFGA kitchen to learn about Maine seasonal cooking. We'll learn how to cook some dishes to take advantage of all the beautiful summer produce. Taste some delicious food, learn something new, and have some fun in the kitchen! Registration

“Halls away Downeast”

July 21-22, 2018 – A bus tour of historic halls from Ellsworth to Eastport, Maine. Includes all meals, transportation, lectures and accommodations for a 2 day whistle-stop tour including wonderful guest lecturers, farm visits and adventures in historic preservation. This is a program coordinated in partnership with Friends of Liberty Hall in Machiasport, Maine Preservation and Greenhorns – a young farmers group which recently moved to an Odd Fellows Hall in Washington County. For more details or to sign up email severine@greenhorns.org

Maine Open Farm Day

July 22, 2018 - Sunday, on farms throughout Maine. Several MOFGA-certified organic producers are taking part; they are listed here. A special congratulations and thank-you this year to the Knox-Lincoln Master Gardener volunteers, who are celebrating 20 years of growing vegetables for "Plant-a-row for the hungry" in their demonstration gardens at MOFGA-certified organic Brae Maple Farm, 233 North Union Road, Union. Visit Brae Maple from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 22, when master gardeners will be available to talk about their lasagna garden, dyeing and drying garden, medicine wheel and heritage gardens. Demonstrations there include woodturning, spinning and building twig fences.

Farming Cooperatively

July 25, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Road, Lewiston. Come see a cooperative farm in practice and learn about the economic structure of mutual ownership of farmland and equipment, which involves democratic decisions-making among farmer owners about marketing of their produce, as well as about distribution of the surplus they collectively generate. Potluck to follow.

Pasture Walk at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment

July 25, 2018 – Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., Burnett Road, Freeport, ME. Learn about the national Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program and visit with apprentices on the farm. Also, learn about the organic dairy herd and the new “fly vac” system for fly control. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network. Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org.

Poultry Processing Workshop

July 26, 2018 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

Pasture Walk at the farm of Fred Sherburne

July 30, 2018 – Monday, 3 to 5 p.m., 33 Town Farm Rd Dexter, ME. Fred custom grazes heifers on the land that used to be an organic dairy farm. Learn some of Fred’s tried and true no-nonsense methods for pasture management. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network. Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org.

Tour Maine Rice Paddies

Rescheduled to July 30, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Wild Folk Farm, Benton, Maine. Wild Folk Farm has been growing rice for 5 years in paddies. We raise ducks and azolla in the rice paddies as well. Last year we grew 3,000 pounds, 12 varieties and sell the rice as seed and food. We transitioned our no-till garden plots from a mixed vegetable CSA into CBD hemp last year and this year we will also be growing upland rice in our garden plots. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Grow it Green: Pest & Disease Walk

July 31, 2018 – Tuesday, 6 p.m., MOFGA Education Center, Unity, Maine. Join MOFGA's own Caleb Goossen as we walk our gardens and orchards, keeping an eye out for summer pests and diseases. Learn some tips for managing them, and bring questions from your own garden. Email alibby@mofga.org for more information or to RSVP.

Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them

August 1, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Damariscotta. Who’s Who and How To Conserve Them with Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist & NRCS Partner Biologist and Brady Hatch, Farmer/Owner of Morning Dew Farm. Eric Venturini will lead this 2-part hands-on program: First, we will capture some of the pollinators on the farm to learn who they are, how they live, and what their role is. Second, we will discuss how you can become involved in pollinator conservation efforts – with a focus on how to successfully establish wildflower plantings for pollinators. Potluck for those who wish to stay. Please bring a dish to share, something to eat out of, utensils, cup, etc.

Tour Gardens and Fruit Beds

August 2, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens, Belmont, Maine. Art, craft and horticulture come together in the Trotochaud/McDowell gardens, where the garden bed layout encourages peaceful meandering through productive areas of vegetables (including asparagus), a cranberry plot, fruit trees and shrubs, a handsome grape arbor that shelters a shaded seating area, a season-extending greenhouse, a small reflecting pool, and a fire pit/sitting area next to a pizza oven. All are interspersed with flower beds. Chickens explore freely in areas where they can't damage plants. Mary's pottery studio is onsite, and Rick's woodworking skills are apparent throughout the home and yard. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Blueberry Wine Workshop

August 5, 2018 – Join Greenhorns and Jim Cornish from noon until 4 p.m. for our Blueberry Wine making workshop. Participants are required to bring 15 pounds of blueberries and a potato masher the day of the workshop in addition to 12 pounds of sugar, five teaspoons of lemon juice and five teaspoons of yeast to add on the third day after the workshop. After the workshop spend an evening with Jim listening to live Folk and Americana. Fee: $50, which includes step by step instructions, a fermenting bucket, an air lock and a corker. Email office@greenhorns.org to RSVP.

Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Conference

August 5-8, 2018 – Le Baluchon EcoResort, Saint-Paulin, Quebec, Canada. Talks on chestnut, walnut, butternut, heartnut and hazelnut; nutrition and health value of nuts; a protocol for monitoring and managing diseased trees; commercialization of hazelnuts; incorporating nut trees into a permaculture/silvoculture farm; and growing nuts in cold climates. Presentations by Gusman Minlebaev of Russia on breeding nut trees and introducing micronutrients to improve soil. Visits to three Quebec locations where nut trees are grown.

Value Added on the Farm

August 6, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. Small farmers need to be creative and innovative marketers to be successful. One way to accomplish this is by adding value to your products. Come see how Flora and Noah have cultivated community involvement and customer relationships with The Pod, a space that includes a commercial kitchen, floral desgin studio, events space and more. The Pod allows them to offer meal kits using their farm grown ingredients, teach cooking classes and other workshops, and have a retail store. Potluck to follow.

Pasture Walk at Peggy Rockefeller Farms

August 8, 2018 – Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., College of the Atlantic, 538 Norway Drive, Bar Harbor, ME. C.J. Walke is the farm manager at the College of the Atlantic farm in Bar Harbor. The farm has a diverse mix of livestock. Learn about how CJ manages the fields and livestock at the beautiful Peggy Rockefeller Farms. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network. Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org.

Managing for Wildlife: A Homestead Walk with John Twomey

August 8, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Montville, Maine. John Twomey's 125 acre off grid farm on Hogback Mountain is dedicated principally to wildlife habitat and the constant improvement of the soil. Twomey and his partner Leigh Norcott grow and preserve all of the vegetables and fruits that they use throughout the year. Additionally, they raise Golden Campine chickens and brook trout and they cut all of their own firewood. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Agricultural Field Day

August 8, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  UMaine Aroostook Research Farm, 59 Houlton Road, Presque Isle. Free and open to all agricultural providers, the event features presentations on potato cultivation and varieties, nutrient management for growth and yield, foliar late blight control, and the potential role of pests in Dickeya transmission. Lunch provided. No registration required. FMI: Sharma, 207.498.0316; lakesh.sharma@maine.edu. More information is also available online.

NOFA's 44th Annual Summer Conference: Honoring Our Roots, Tending Our Future

August 10-12, 2018 – Hampshire College, Amherst. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters. Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez. Information

Maine Board of Pesticides Control Meeting

August 15, 2018 - Wednesday, Laudholm Farm in Wells. The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will hear presentations on tick management and invasive plant control beginning at 9 a.m., and the board meeting will begin at 2 p.m.

 

Woods Walk with Low Impact Forestry Member Denny Gallaudet

August 16, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Millbrook Farm, Cumberland, Maine. The woodlot at Millbrook Farm has supported the family for years with firewood as they grow veggies, raise chickens, and more. With thoughts of climate change in the forefront of their minds when they recently worked with a forester on an updated plan, Denny asked for an analysis of carbon sequestration. Learn the techniques that allow the folks at Millbrook Farm to help combat climate change through improved management of their woodlot on this tour, and consider some techniques for your own woodlot. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Homeopathy

August 16, 2018 – Balfour Farm, Pittsfield; 5:30 p.m. farm tour, 6 p.m. discussion. Please join us in a discussion of how to effectively use homeopathy with livestock. We will use this opportunity to improve our diagnostic and repetorizing skills. Feel free to bring any case information that you're questioning, and we'll look up rubrics. We can work through your case together and, maybe, find the right remedy! Please bring any repertory or material medicas you have to use for research. Discussion to be led by Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's organic dairy and livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist since 1988, and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM and Certified Veterinary Homeopath, the only large animal vet in Maine certified in classical homeopathy (now retired).

Grow it Green: Preserving Your Garden Produce

August 20, 2018 – Monday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., MOFGA Education Center, Unity. Wondering what to do with the produce in your garden? Join some MOFGA gardeners as they share how to can, dehydrate, and freeze seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Class is by donation, but space is limited. Please RSVP. Email alibby@mofga.org for more information or to RSVP.

Permaculture

August 22, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Road, Franklin. Permaculture is a method of landscape design and food production that is based on the principles of ecology and diversity. Come and see an excellent example of how permaculture can help bring vitality back to land, mitigate problematic soils and increase a farm resilience. Potluck to follow.

Tour a Homestead as it Begins

August 29, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Road, Windsor, Maine. You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after three seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project as well as giving a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Rd, Windsor (second driveway on the right). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Shiitake + Chaga Focused: Forest Mycology in the Maine Woodlands And Wildlands

September 7-9, 2018 – Presented by Greenhorns and Eat Local Eastport, taught by Radical Mycology author and educator Peter McCoy and Russ Cohen, naturalist, seed-saver, wildcrafting educator. Besides logging, how can we interact with woodlands in ways that sustain us? Mushrooms! This homesteader-oriented program looks at mycological practices and practical considerations for tending the wild, managing the forest commons for multiple human uses as well as for animal + insect users. We’ll have a major focus on Shiitake! The thousand-year old Japanese tradition of growing mushroom logs outdoors in the woods including site selection, methods and doing it ourselves. 3 day program - limited spaces, $250 scholarships available. Please email office@greenhorns.org to RSVP or pre pay.

Lamb Breakdown

September Date TBA – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson. Join butcher and farmer Logan Higger for a demonstration of breaking down a lamb. Learn what butchers look for to assess the quality of a carcass and what options you have for cutting up primal sections. Learn how to best explain these options to your customers and communicate with your butcher. Potluck to follow.

Pasture Walk at the farm of David Greeley

September 9, 2018 – Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., 291 Hatch Rd, Jackson, ME. David has been grazing beef cows on the farm in Jackson for many years. Learn about his cow and fertility management on the beautiful farm in Jackson.  Starting in 1994, there have been 4 bio-mass harvests totaling about 60 acres that are now in hay or pasture. In addition are over 100 acres of Silvopasture helping support 40 brood cows and their calves. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network. Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

September 10, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Monday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, 97 Holman Day Road, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, a high tunnel, an orchard and grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Potluck to follow.

Common Ground Country Fair

September 21-23, 2018 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA's premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October 6-8, 2018 – MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration

Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Fall

October 11, 2018 – 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. $35; $25 for MOFGA members. Join Chef Frank Giglio in the MOFGA kitchen to learn about Maine seasonal cooking. We'll cook some dishes to take full advantage of autumn's bounty. Taste delicious food, learn something new, and have fun in the kitchen! Registration

Great Maine Apple Day

October 14, 2018 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Northport, Maine. MOFGA’s annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn’t while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers and others.

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 15-18, 2018 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. Registration will open soon.

MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting

November 15, 2018 – Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. We also generally have a Fundraising Committee meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, and a Finance Committee meeting from noon to 2 p.m. on this day.

Chainsaw Safety Training

November 16 and 17, 2018 – Friday and Saturday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including the basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety, and a chance to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is for experienced saw operators who want to practice and improve their technique. Registration will open soon.

Maine Harvest Festival

November 17-18, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 6, 2018 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Registration

Flowering in the North

January 28-30, 2019 – flower growers' conference, University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Share knowledge about zone 5 growing, wholesaling, retailing and designing with farm-fresh flowers. Cosponsored by MOFGA, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Snell Family Farm, Broadturn Farm and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu to be notified when registration opens.

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Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Summer

July 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. $35; $25 for MOFGA...
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“Halls away Downeast”

July 21-22, 2018 – A bus tour of historic halls from Ellsworth to Eastport, Maine. Includes all meals,...
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Cover Crops and Low-till for Veggie Systems

July 23, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, with Mark Hutton, UMaine Extension, and Rob Johanson, 5 p.m., Goranson...
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Poultry Processing Workshop

July 26, 2018 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education...
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Grow it Green: Pest & Disease Walk

July 31, 2018 – Tuesday, 6 p.m., MOFGA Education Center, Unity, Maine. Join MOFGA's own Caleb Goossen as...
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Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them

August 1, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Damariscotta. Who’s Who and How To...
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Tour Gardens and Fruit Beds

August 2, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens, Belmont, Maine. Art,...
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MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show

August 3, 2018 – Friday, 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org. An hour on local food and agriculture,...
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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 4, 2018 – Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members....
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