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 The MOFGA Calendar

AUGUST 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 31 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Feel free to stop by for the day or for a couple of hours. In case of inclement weather, call the MOFGA office first, at 207-568-4142. Dress for the weather; you may want to bring lunch, a water bottle and some tools. For more information, email volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 31 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Breaking Down Livestock Production. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 1 - Deadline for artists and farmers to apply for CSA: Community Supporting Arts. This project seeks to pair 10 Maine farmers with 10 Maine artists who will create work inspired by that farm over the 2017 season. http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-artists-and-farmers-csa-2/
  • 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Value Added on the Farm. Thursday, 5 p.m., Herbal Revolution, Lincolnville. Details.
  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 3 - Introduction to Permaculture workshop with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel; cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature. Register ($50, includes lunch) at www.deerislehostel.com or 207-348-2308. Scholarships available. Participants are welcome to stay at the hostel the night before the workshop for $25 with communal dinner.
  • 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Raw Land: What's Your Plan? Wednesday, 5 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, Windsor. Details.
  • 8 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 8 - Signs of the Seasons Training – A New England Phenology Program. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Congress St., Portland. Phenology is the study of lifecycle changes in plants and animals as the seasons shift. Sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension in partnership with MOFGA. Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document local effects of global climate change. FMI and to register for this free event: https://extension.umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons/
  • 10 - 17th Annual Tour de Farms Bike Ride. The Morris Farm Trust, Wiscasset. Pedal through beautiful Midcoast Maine, stop to visit local farms, chat with farmers and purchase local produce. Volunteers will courier your purchases back to the Morris Farm. At the end of your ride, enjoy a barbecue featuring foods from local farms. This year’s event offers rides of 56 and 42 miles, as well as an 18-mile family ride. Visit www.morrisfarm.org to register or learn more.
  • 10 - Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation Farm Tour. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit three MOFGA-certified organic farms. Register online with a credit card at www.knox-lincoln.org/conservation-tour or download a registration form at http://tinyurl.com/farm-tour-reg to pay by check. FMI: Hildy at 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org
  • 12 - Renewable Energy Workshop for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses. Monday, 3-5 p.m., Unity Food Hub, 69 School St., Unity. Learn how to access a USDA Rural Development guaranteed loan or competitive grant funds for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects. To register, email Jennifer Brennan with GPCOG. For more information, and to set up a technical assistance appointment on September 12th before or after the workshop, contact Jennifer Brennan with GPCOG at 774-9891.
  • 15 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 12-4 p.m., Christ Church, Gardiner. Free and open to everyone… entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit representatives. No membership required and all are welcome. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Time - CCOF Foundation webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms, with Dr. Guy Jodarski, supervising veterinarian for Organic Valley, and CCOF-certified dairy farmer Shane Radelfinger. Includes time for questions from webinar participants. FMI and to register ($20): https://www.ccof.org/webinar-healthcare-practices-organic-dairy-farms
  • 15 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Apprentice to Journeyperson. Thursday, 5 p.m., Bumbleroot Farm, Buxton. Details.
  • 16 to 22 - "SEED: The Untold Story" opens at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seedkeepers (including MOFGA member Will Bonsall) as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000-year food legacy. Watch the trailer at https://vimeo.com/97882647 . Information
  • 17 and 18 - CORRECTION: "Seed – the Untold Story" will NOT be shown in Camden but will be shown in Bar Harbor at the Reel Pizza Cinerama on September 17 at 7:30 p.m. and September 18 at 1 p.m. "Seed" will also be showing in Waterville at the Railroad Square Cinema from September 16 to 22 and in Brunswick at the Frontier Cafe and Cinema from October 4 to 9. MOFGA member Will Bonsall, who appears in the film, will introduce both showings in Bar Harbor and will host a Q&A after each. He also plans to be at opening night screenings in Waterville and Brunswick. For updated listings, please visit http://www.seedthemovie.com and click "see the film."
  • 23-25 - Common Ground Country Fair. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 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.
  • 29 - Putting Your Gardens to Bed for Winter. Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bonny Eagle High School Room 210, 700 Saco Rd., Standish. Fee: $19. Learn the best way to put your garden to bed for the winter so springtime garden prep is short and easy. Julee has been in organic farming for twenty years and is a member of MOFGA. She'll show you how to make garden prep less frustrating and your time in the garden more fun! Register on-line: www.sad6.maineadulted.org

OCTOBER 2016

  • 4 to 9 - Film: "Seed – the Untold Story." Frontier Cafe and Cinema, 14 Maine St., Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick. (207) 725-5222. Website.
  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 8 - Aroostook Apple Day. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Littleton Agricultural Museum, 1664 Rt. 1, Littleton Maine. Free admission! Celebrate fruit varieties for the North with apple identification, apple tasting, fruit displays, workshops on plums, apples and pears, organic pest and disease management, plus vendor sales of local products. Cosponsored by MOFGA, Fedco Trees, Maine Farmland Trust and Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: Angie Wotton, www.saswcd.org
  • 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. Saturday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th. Information.
  • 14 - 5th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Bates College, Lewiston. Cost ($25) includes locally sourced lunch. Information and registration
  • 15 - Post-Fair Cleanup. 9 a.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Help us clean up after the Fair and enjoy meals and fun with MOFGA supporters!
  • 16 - Great Maine Apple Day. Rain or shine: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA. Information.
  • 23 - MOFGA Board Meeting with Fair Steering Committee. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Unity. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

NOVEMBER 2016

  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, 67 Atlantic Highway (Route One), 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. Information.
  • 9 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 2:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Wednesday, 2 to 5:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9-10 - 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. Holiday Inn, Boxborough, Mass. Educational sessions, workshops, trade show. Pesticide recertification credits available. Information.
  • 10 - Annual Slow Money Maine Daylong Gathering. Hutchinson Center, Belfast. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 10-12 - Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group "It Takes a Region" conference, Hartford, Conn. Practitioners and professionals from our 12-state region examine ideas to move us toward a sustainable and just food system. http://nesawg.org/our-work/conference
  • 17-20 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. Information.
  • 18-19 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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, safety and an opportunity to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is designed for the saw operator who has experience, but want to practice and improve upon his or her technique. Information.
  • 19-20 - Maine Harvest Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Farmers, food processors, brewers, fiber artisans, chefs and presenters showcase, sell and demonstrate, and you get to sample, purchase, learn and enjoy all the wonderful things that make Maine Maine! Website

DECEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 8 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Course is designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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