Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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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.

Visit the MOFGA Events page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form.

Poultry Processing Workshop

July 25, 2019 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 for MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

Enjoy Mort Mather's Farm to Table Garden

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

July 25, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Easter Orchard Farm, 802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells, Maine. At Easter Orchard Farm, farmer and longtime MOFGA members Mort and Barbara Mather raise MOFGA-certified organic vegetables for Joshua's Restaurant in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provided over 12,000 pounds of vegetables last year for their son's truly farm-to-table restaurant. Mort was once the MOFGA Board President and wrote the classic gardening book "Gardening for Independence." Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

 

Apple Tree Restoration: Cabling An Ancient Tree

July 27, 2019 – Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 143 Tremont Rd., Bass Harbor, Mount Desert Island. Do you have a mature fruit tree on your property that you want to restore to its former glory? With some careful work, you may be able to extend its life for many years. Join us for this workshop about restoring mature trees, taught by Phil Norris of Clayfield Farm in East Blue Hill. REGISTRATION

Forest Invasive Pests and Host Species

July 29, 2019 – Free workshop. 9 a.m. to noon, UMaine Cooperative Extension in Lisbon Falls. Hosted by Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and UMaine Cooperative Extension. FMI and to reserve a spot: SWCD, 207-241-5377.

Sardine Camp

July 31, 2019 – Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Road, Pembroke, Maine. Join Greenhorns for an adventure in sardine-land where we will learn to pickle and smoke, we will learn about the canneries that used to dot the shores, we will visit the old smoke-house and museum, we will listen to a lecture on the ecological significance of this fishery to migrating birds as well as early economy of Downeast Maine. Information. RSVP to office@greenhorns.org

Medicinal Herbs and Biodynamic Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

July 31, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Avena Botanicals, Rockport. Join herbalist and biodynamic herb gardener Deb Soule for an informative walk through of Avena Botanicals medicinal herb gardens. Deb and a crew of gardeners collect over 1800 pounds of medicinal herbs by hand each year from 2-1/2 acres. These herbs are then immediately processed on-site into a variety of tinctures, teas, oils and salves. Avena is the first Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Maine and Deb will include an introduction to biodynamics as part of this tour. Potluck to follow.

Worksong Workshop

August 1, 2019 – 9 a.m., Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Road, Pembroke, Maine. Led by Bennett Konesni who is known throughout Maine and around the country for his work collecting, teaching and sharing work songs – particularly with working young farmers and sailors whose bodies move in time to these historic rhythms. We will learn and sing together in a beautifully acoustic space, and then bring our songs out to the fields while we pick blueberries. Information. RSVP to office@greenhorns.org

Change Taking Root: For Perennial Agriculture

August 1, 2019 – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bosarge Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. What if our agriculture could provide abundant food and simultaneously achieve real, long-term ecological sustainability? Join Fred Iutzi of the Land Institute as he discusses how scientists are developing deep-rooted perennial grain crops that can grow in biodiverse plantings. Learn more about perennial crops now taking root and about how you can join in the journey ahead. Iutzi will be joined by Sarah Alexander of MOFGA and David Herring of Wolfe's Neck Center for a panel discussion. Registration

On-Farm Processing Livestock

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 7, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Tessier's Farm, Skowhegan. Come learn about Tessier’s Farm on-farm processing facility for poultry and rabbit, including how to prepare for an on-farm small animal slaughter. In addition, we will tour Tessier’s diverse array of farm products.

Our Transition to Wholesale

August 8, 2019 – The Buckle Farm, 43 Fisher Rd., Unity. 5:30 p.m. tour; 6 p.m. discussion. The Buckle Farm transitioned from a direct-to-consumer model to a predominately wholesale operation starting in 2018. We will focus on the steps we made, how these financially impacted our farm, our labor strategies and the crop planning process. We will discuss our reasons for making this change, the challenges that we faced, and how we overcame them. FMI: Anna at amueller@mofga.org

Tour an Early Stage Homestead

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 15, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Living Light Homestead, 54 Kelly Ln., Surry, Maine. Matt and Alice have been developing their property for just a few years. They've been clearing land by hand, building and living in a 10'x10' round-pole timber frame cabin, and planting out an edible landscape – all while carrying water and no on-site electricity. They will demonstrate an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill for lumber making. An ideal visit for those interested in, or just starting up their own land-based lifestyle on a budget. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

2019 Maine Apple Camp

August 16-18, 2019 – 12 noon Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday at Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine. Fee: $245; MOFGA members $195. Saturday only: $100. Apple Lovers! Orchardists! Cider Makers! Fruit Explorers! Join fellow apple enthusiasts for Maine Apple Camp. Registration includes room & board, all camp sessions. All ages welcome – most talks geared towards ages 16+. Registration

Play & Make: Half-day Augmented Reality Workshops for Youth

August 17, 2019 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine. Do you know a teen interested in augmented reality (AR), gaming, design, digital technology and/or hands-on collaborative projects? Have them join us for this FREE workshop, where they can learn more about AR, beta test a new game and more! Sign up here: https://airtable.com/shr7mWxKYQTjxJx2V or email Daniel at stemports@mmsa.org or Anna at alibby@mofga.org for more information.

 

Bread and Brews

A Celebration of Maine Grains and Organic Farming

August 17, 2019 – Saturday, 2 to 9:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Join MOFGA as we kickoff our first annual Bread and Brews festival at our Unity fairgrounds this summer! Co-sponsored by the Maine Grain Alliance, Bread and Brews will showcase Maine-grown grains and the local producers and brewers who use them in this educational and culinary event, complete with beer tasting, live music, workshops, food trucks and overnight camping. Attendance is capped at 500 tickets – purchase early to ensure your spot! PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Value Added Diverse Dairy

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 21, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe. In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to “get big or get out” as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture-based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative - by diversification, value-added production and innovative marketing strategies. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows in Monroe. See how farmers Greg and Heide Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long-term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese and ice cream, along with honey, fermented vegetables, sausages, sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spots, meat chickens and eggs. They recently added a new cheese cave to make cave aged cheese and salami. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other. Potluck to follow.

Explore Will Bonsall's Homestead and Gardens

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 22, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Khadighar Farm, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, Maine 04938. Known by many throughout Maine, Khadighar Farm is a unique example of veganic gardening. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, and grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Meet Geese, Goats, and More at Hostile Valley Living

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 27, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., Hostile Valley Living, 169 Upper Hostile Valley Rd., Liberty, Maine 04949. Hostile Valley Farm is a 93-acre homestead in Liberty. When Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Patrick Jackson first moved there in the spring of 2016, the farm had been abandoned for over twenty years. Over the course of three years the couple has made the barn a comfortable home for their dairy goats, two dozen geese, flock of chickens and guinea fowl, and pair of pigs. They've returned the fields to open land for haying and future orchards, vineyards, and crops, and are working on clearing a few additional acres and adding ponds for their waterfowl. Using their own manpower and working smartly with their livestock, they also maintain a large personal vegetable garden. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Land Tenure

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 28, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Dickey Hill Farm, Monroe. Finding a place to farm can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re working as a farm hand, manager or apprentice it is never too soon to consider your options. Join Noami and James of Dickey Hill Farm and Abby Sadauckas, Field Agent for Land For Good to get a better idea of how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you’ll need and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream.

Land-Based Reparations and Indigenous Land Return

August 31, 2019 – Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Road, Pembroke, Maine. Please join us and Douglass DeCandia for a gathering to deeply analyze the complex of white supremacy, to “map” the resources we each have access to (resources, time, land, money, social capital, technical skills, etc.) and to mobilize these resources toward Black, Indigenous and People of Color led organizing for self-determination and sovereignty on land. Information. RSVP to office@greenhorns.org

Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

September 4, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham. MOFGA estimates that Maine needs about 150 new farmers each year just to maintain the infrastructure required to support our local food system – so every new farm operation in Maine is a reason to celebrate! But getting started in farming is becoming increasingly difficult in many ways. Join Abby and Jake of Apple Creek Farm as they share their insights and enthusiasm about how they market their livestock products year-round and utilize a mix of owned and leased acreage to support their growing farm business. Abby is the Maine Field Agent for Land for Good and will introduce several key agricultural service providers to explain how their programs can help. If you’re considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation. Potluck to follow.

Insect Life with the Greenhorns

September 6-7, 2019 – Pembroke, Maine. Hovering and whirring insects, life-giving to birds and invertebrates, are pollinating! Join to learn more about insect habitat and behavior, their ecology, reproduction, population dynamics and impact on agricultural production. For registration or more details email office@greenhorns.org.

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

September 12, 2019 – Thursday, 5 p.m. at Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, high tunnel, orchard, grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes 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.

Cider Camp with the Greenhorns

September 14-15, 2019 – Pembroke, Maine. Once again we will make cider, but this time on a much grander scale. Come for the day or come for the week to gather and press apples with our home-built hydraulic cider press – good for vinegar, good for sweet and good for a hard New England treat! Co-sponsored by MOFGA. For registration or more details email office@greenhorns.org.

Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. 

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 5-7, 2019 – Saturday-Monday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. REGISTRATION

Great Maine Apple Day

October 13, 2019 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shineCelebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

Beginner Hide Tanning – Fall Workshop

November 13, 2019 – Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019 – 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.

 

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, November 14 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $125 – REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE for Draft and Mechanical Logging Workshops
Taught by foresters, soil scientists, and experienced landowners, this one-day introductory field course serves as a great introduction to the philosophy of Low-Impact forestry.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Draft Animals Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with draft animals.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with hand tools and small machinery.
REGISTRATION

 

Chainsaw Safety Training

November 15 and 16, 2019 – Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 5, 2019 – 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 will open June 15, 2019.

Beginner Hide Tanning – Winter Workshop

January 11, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

Hide Tanning: Beyond the Basics

February 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. This workshop is designed for those with some experience tanning. You'll get help troubleshooting common challenges, learn new methods of tanning, and can bring your own projects if you would like to work on them with support. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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Apple Tree Restoration: Cabling An Ancient Tree

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Forest Invasive Pests and Host Species

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

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Our Transition to Wholesale

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