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 The MOFGA Calendar

May 2015

Weekly: MOFGA’s Farm Training Project Workshops in locations around Maine. Apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network. Schedule.

  • 29 - Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course begins. Cosponsored by The Resilience Hub and MOFGA. A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running May through October 2015. $1295 course fee; $250 deposit to reserve enrollment. Details.
  • 30 - Knife Sharpening De-mystified. Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $15. Information: Koviashuvik: Knife Sharpening
  • 30 - School Garden Regional Gathering. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Washington Academy, East Machias. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.
  • 30 - Carving the Kitchen Spoon/Spatula: an introduction to the draw-knife and shave-horse. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $30 Information: Koviashuvik: Carving the Kitchen Spoon/ Spatula
  • 30 to June 3 - North American Agroforestry Conference, Ames, Iowa. Registration deadline May 15. Details.

June 2015

  • 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel? Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bahner Farm, Belmont, and Six River Farm, Bowdoinham. Details.
  • 6 - Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Class. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Morris Farm, ​Wiscasset.​ Mushroom-aficionado Ben Whatley of Whatley Farm in Topsham will teach you how to drill, fill, and seal logs with mushroom spawn, and how to care for your logs once you get them home. Participants will each take home 2 four-foot logs (3-5" diameter). Fee: $50 covers the tuition, spawn, materials and 2 oak logs that should produce many pounds of fresh shiitakes. RSVP by emailing info@morrisfarm.org, by calling (207) 882-4080 or by visiting www.morrisfarm.org
  • 6 & 7 - 15th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor Fairgrounds, Rt. 32, Windsor, Maine. Saturday: 8am-12pm MSBA Wool Pool. Afternoon: FAMACHA training. $5 adults, $2 senior adults, children under 12 free. www.fiberfrolic.com.
  • 7 - Meeting of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren. Details.
  • 9 - "Nourish Dinner" to Benefit MOFGA. 6 p.m., Vinland Restaurant, 593 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. $45. Buy tickets.
  • 10 & 17 - Pasture and Forage Management Two-Part Workshop. First part: Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Kennebec Cheesery, 795 Pond Road, Sidney. Farm tour, discussion, Q&A. Presented by UMaine Cooperative Extension, USDA-NRCS and MOFGA. Pay $15 for the two-part workshop by June 8. Information and registration.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Information.
  • 13 - Organic Orcharding 101 Workshop with C.J. Walke hosted by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mossflower Farm, Sangerville, Maine. Pre-registration is required. $15 fee, $12 for MOFGA members and MeHiMo Chapter members. To register, call the PCSWCD at 207-564-2321 ext. or email us at info@piscataquisswcd.org.
  • 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Ripley Farm, Dover-Foxcroft. Details.
  • 17 - Small-Scale, DIY Post-Harvest Food Handling. 2 to 6 p.m., Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Road, Montague, Mass. Instructor: Cornell University's Robert Hadad. Focus on food safety, maintaining quality and efficiency, and affordability for new and small growers. Free, pre-registration required. For information, contact Amanda Kinchla, UMass Extension at 413-545-1017, or register online.
  • 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Frith Farm, Scarborough. Details.
  • 17 - Pasture and Forage Management Two-Part Workshop. Second part: Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Oaklands Farm, 114 Oaklands Farm Road, Gardiner. Farm tour, discussion, Q&A. Presented by UMaine Cooperative Extension, USDA-NRCS and MOFGA. Pay $15 for the two-part workshop by June 8. Information and registration.
  • 18-19 - Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop and Field Tour. George Washington Carver Center, Jefferson City, Missouri. Information.
  • 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Tractor Safety. 5 p.m., MOFGA Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Details.
  • 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing. Tuesday, 5 p.m., The Pickup Cafe & CSA, Skowhegan. Details.
  • 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle. Details.
  • 27 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Growing Fruit Trees Organically. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, at the MOFGA grounds, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. We will visit the Maine Heritage Orchard to talk about young tree care and then progress to MOFGA's south orchard to talk about tree care at a later stage. $50; $45 student/apprentice; $35 MOFGA members; free for JPs. Information and registration.
  • 30 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farm Woodlot Management. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Details.

July 2015

  • 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Hamilton Farm, Whitefield. Details.
  • 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., King Hill Farm, Penobscot. Details.
  • 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA’s organic livestock expert Diane Schivera and Nettie Fox Farm farmer Everett Ottinger teach how to process your own meat birds successfully and sanitarily. $30. FMI: dianes@mofga.org or 568-4142.
  • 9 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Rocket Stove Building Workshop. Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $35 Information: Koviashuvik: Rocket Stoves
  • 14 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Value Added on the Farm. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Winterberry Farm, Belgrade. Details.
  • 22 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Diverse Dairy. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Winter Hill Farm, Freeport. Details.
  • 23-26 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished handsome and rugged small building. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Some scholarships available. $500 ($450 for HVNC & MOFGA members), includes lunch and all materials. No previous carpentry experience necessary. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.
  • 25 - Moccasin Making (with optional rubber soles!) Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $110 Information: Koviashuvik: Moccasin Making
  • 26 - Koviashuvik Open House. Sunday 1:00am to 5:00pm. Tours at 1:30 and 3:00pm Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. Free. Information: Koviashuvik Open House
  • 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bluebird Hill Farm, Jefferson. Details.

August 2015

  • 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Horsepower Farm, Penobscot. Details.
  • 7 to 9, Aug 14 to 16, August 21 to 23 - Family Sustainability-Stay: An Educational Vacation for All Ages. 10:30 a.m. Friday to Sunday afternoon. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $800 per family all meals and snacks included. Information: Koviashuvik Family Sustainability Stay
  • 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information and registration.
  • 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer. Monday, 5 p.m., Broadturn Farm, Scarborough. Details.
  • 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Two Coves Farm, Harpswell. Details.
  • 13 - Meeting of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Tender Soles Farm, Richmond. Details.
  • 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Johnny’s Research Farm, Albion. Details.

September 2015

  • 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Khadighar Farm, Industry. Details.
  • 5 - Introduction to Permaculture. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle, Maine. With Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design, cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature; and about the history, principles and benefits of permaculture design. $50; lunch included. Early registration recommended; scholarships available. Details.
  • 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Hope's Edge Farm, Hope. Details.
  • 10 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity. The Fair is 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. To volunteer, contact volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 30 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. Help MOFGA clean up after the Fair and help John Bunker in the Maine Heritage Orchard. Come as early as you can. Potluck at 6 p.m. in the MOFGA library. FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

October 2015

  • TBD - Fair Steering Committee Joint Meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 2-4 - Savor the Season – A Weekend of Food Preservation at Blueberry Cove Camp, Tenants Harbor. A fundraiser for the camp sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension, $325 includes programs, lodging and meals. Details.
  • 3 - Processing Acorns into Flour. Saturday 10am to 3pm Koviashuvik Local Living School. Temple, ME. $35 Information: Koviashuvik: Processing Acorns into Flour
  • 10 and 11 - Pack-basket Weaving Weekend. 9am Saturday to mid-afternoon Sunday. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $275, all meals provided. Information: Koviashuvik: Pack-basket Weaving Weekend
  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 16 - 4th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 25 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MOFGA library. The afternoon session will be a joint meeting of the Board and the Fair Steering Committee.
  • 28 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. 6 p.m. Richard Frost of Frost Family Farm in Liberty will speak on "Working with willow – how to grow it, market it, build with it." FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

November 2015

  • 6-8 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Friday through Sunday, Point Lookout Resort, 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.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Fundraising Committee. 10:00 a.m. to noon in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Finance Committee. Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 14-15 - Maine Harvest Festival, Bangor. Visit MOFGA's table here! Information.
  • 19-22 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. More information.
  • 20-21 - Chainsaw and Forestry Safety Courses, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety, and safe felling techniques. Level II is for the saw operators with experience who want to practice and improve their technique.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.
  • 6 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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