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MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

Friday, November 6
to Sunday, November 8 – 2015

Point Lookout Resort, Northport
Registration details coming soon

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MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference …

  • Is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions.
  • Is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners.
  • Features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals.
  • Features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, in which one half is dedicated to talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and the other to a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance.
  • Serves delicious meals featuring local, organic food.
  • Is a rare and wonderful opportunity to get off the farm and catch up with fellow farmers.

Learn a lot, eat well, share your expertise, make new friends,
and reconnect with old ones at the 2015 MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference!

2015 Keynote Address:
Jack and Anne Lazor

Lessons Learned from Forty Years on the Same Farm




First Conference Night Dinner (on your own)

Suggested Locations



Belfast Co-op Deli & Cafe $$
123 High Street - 338-2532

Three Tides  $$$
2 Pinchey Lane - 338-1707

The Gothic $$
108 Main Street - 338-GOTH

Delvino's Pasta House $$
53 Main Street - 338-4565

Darby's  $$
155 High Street - 338-2339

Rollie's Bar and Grill  $
37 Main Street - 338-4502

Front Street Grill  $$
37 Front Street - 338-8900

Scallions Food For Life $$
1 Belmont Ave - 338-1414

Young's Lobster Pound $$
4 Mitchell Avenue - 338-1160

The Weathervane $
3 Main Street - 338-1774

La Vida $
132 High Street - 338-2211

Alexia's Pizza $$
93 Main Street - 338-9676

Ming's  $$
185 Searsport Avenue - 338-2216



Francine Bistro $$
55 Chestnut Street - 230-0083‎

Cappy's Chowder House $$
1 Main Street - 236-2254

Hartstone Inn $$$
41 Elm Street - 236-4259‎

Waterfront $$
44 Bayview Street # 11 - 236-3747 

Peter Ott's $$
16 Bayview Street - 236-4032‎

Long Grain $$
31 Elm Street - 236-9001

Fresh $$
1 Bay View Street - 236-7005 



The Beach Store $
Lincolnville Beach - 789-5199

The Lobster Pound $$
2521 Atlantic Highway (Rte. 1) - 789-5550

The Whale's Tooth Pub $$
2531 Atlantic Highway (Rte. 1) - 789-5200



Shepard's Pie $$$
18 Central Street - 236-8500



KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jack and Ann Lazor
Lessons Learned from Forty Years on the Same Farm


Session Descriptions: Saturday Morning | Saturday Afternoon | Sunday Morning | Sunday Afternoon

 Friday, Nov. 6  

Farm Tours (Rain or Shine)

Gene (left) and Mary Margaret Ripley

1:00 pm Ripley Farm is known for their picture-perfect produce, beautiful farmers market displays, and wildly popular summer and winter CSAs in rural Piscataquis County. Come see how Gene and Mary Margaret Ripley have grown their farm over the past seven years to a total of five acres of mixed vegetables and cover crops. 2015 marks another year of expansion for the Ripleys, including hiring their first full time employee, increasing their winter storage, and fine tuning mechanical cultivation on their organic farm.

Barbara and Jason Kafka

3:00 pm Checkerberry Farm Since 1981, Barbara and Jason Kafka have been developing their farm/home. Mofga Certified Organic now for 25 years they've transitioned from livestock/veggies/farmers markets to wholesale veggies. Last Farmer to Farmer Conference visit was back in 2002, needless to say, they're still at it.

Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam

A new offering at Farmer to Farmer this year, this training and exam will help farms to comply with a new law. Nearly all growers who sell produce and use any pesticide will need an Agricultural Basic pesticide applicators license. If you have questions about whether or not you need to comply with the law contact Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control at gary.fish@maine.gov.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will present a three-hour core training session on Saturday, November 1 to prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator Core Exam. After the exam training, the Core exam will be administered in the same location. The training session will be held beginning at 1:00 pm in the Aroostook Room at Point Lookout.

Growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption are required to be licensed by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control by April 1, 2015. This requirement applies to growers who use pesticides that are approved for use in organic production.

Once the exam is passed the applicant can apply for the three-year Agricultural Basic license, which costs $15 and requires one hour of continuing education annually.

Several sessions at Farmer to Farmer offer continuing education credits (see session descriptions below). Those who attend the training and testing at Farmer to Farmer can earn continuing education credits throughout the weekend by attending sessions where credit is offered.

Keynote Address by Jack and Ann Lazor,
Butterworks Farm

Lessons Learned from Forty Years on the Same Farm

Jack and Ann Lazor will talk about building soil health and how much easier it is to do as a grass farmer than as a grain and crops farmer. They are moving towards a 100% grass fed dairy herd and away from tilled row crops. Jack and Ann are ready to pass the grain grower torch to someone else. Taking carbon CO2 out of the sky and locking it up in the earth as humus is primary focus these days. They have also realized that bigger is definitely not better in the world of agriculture and milk processing.

Jack and Ann will emphasize the importance of developing a viable farm scale operation that feeds the local community first as opposed to the mass distribution model. They have been very fortunate to be able to remain in business for over 35 years and will caution folks about the perils and pitfalls of the larger distribution network. Business is as hard or harder than it has ever been in the past even though they have done this for close to forty years. It takes perseverance and creativity to maintain these days.

On the subject of keeping and retaining committed farm and milk plant labor, Jack and Ann will discuss their present business structure, the transition from one generation to the next, federal labor laws and how they cope in general. The size and complexity of the business has taken them to a place that they never imagined they would be. Keeping everyone who works for their business productive, happy and creative is a major undertaking. This workshop will describe how to make this happen.

2015 Keynote Address:
Jack and Ann Lazor

Jack and Ann Lazor will emphasize the importance of developing a viable farm scale operation that feeds the local community first as opposed to the mass distribution model.



Session Schedule coming soon!





If you would like to support this conference as a sponsor please contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.orgWe appreciate your generosity in helping us offer this educational event!

If you would like to be an exhibitor at our Trades Show contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org.

Registration details for the 2015 conference coming soon ...


Accommodations & Venue

Point Lookout Northport, ME
207-789-2000 or 800-515-3611

Check In begins at 6:30 pm at the Welcome Center on opening day (see map).


We’re excited to once again host the conference at a venue located in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine (map).
Point Lookout features tremendous views, hiking trails, bowling alley, and pleasant guest accommodations.

Point Lookout Interior

Each of Point Lookout’s spacious, all-pine cabins-one, two, or three bedroom- feature:

* kitchen with refrigerator and coffeemaker
* queen and king-size beds
* wireless internet access
* central heat and propane fireplaces
* stand-up shower in each of the one or two bathrooms

Registration closes & rates expire October 16th

Cabin reservations will be handled directly through the conference center. We've arranged special room rates ($75 in shared 2 or 3 bedroom cabin to $150 for a one bedroom cabin) for conference participants. Please call Point Lookout at 800-515-3611 to book your room.  Be sure to call by October 16th and mention the MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference.

If you would like to share a cabin and if you know the party you want to share with please indicate this.

If you want to share a cabin, but haven’t found a cabinmate yet, check our Googledoc page to see who else is looking.


Priority will be given to recent participants in the MOFGA Apprenticeship Program, but other new and limited resource farmers are encouraged to apply.

Please note that scholarships do not cover the Friday bus tour or accommodations.
Please visit this link for details on booking a room at the venue and finding a roomate.

Scholarship application deadline is September 17th.

To apply:
Fill out the scholarship application and indicate level of support requested. Your request will be processed and you will receive an email notifying you of your award and the discount code to use to register. Please do not register online until you've received notification of your award.

We will contact you by October 10th to notify you of the award amount and registration fees owed.

Questions or concerns? please contact:
Anna, Educational Events Coordinator



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