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 Calendar: Events of Interest

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

Included here are events that are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA.

JANUARY 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 9 - Maine Farm to Institution Summit. (Snow date: Feb. 12) 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, Maine. Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) and the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) and their many partners are pleased to announce the first Maine Farm to Institution Summit. $20-$40. Registration and information: https://www.mainefarmtoinstitution.org/about-the-summit/
  • 10 - Beginning Beekeeping. With David Smith of Sparky’s Apiaries. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event. Information and registration
  • 25 - Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine. Full-day workshop designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Scholarships available. Information and registration.

MARCH 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 3 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference, Greenhouse Management, Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 10 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality yield. For beginners and experienced growers.
  • 17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and tend your heritage trees.
  • 25 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to participate in educational workshops and to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Free!

APRIL 2018

  • 4 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., locations statewide, hosted by community adult education programs. Information
  • 5 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $35 for MOFGA members and $50 for non-members. Registration
  • 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at two locations: Unity and Bar Harbor, Maine. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Registration
  • 14 - Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower. Registration
  • 21 - Earth Day Work Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
  • 21 - Planting Day at the Maine Heritage Orchard
  • 28 - Empty Bowl Supper hosted by the MOFGA El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Belfast, Maine.

MAY 2018

  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 5 - Maine Permaculture Design Course. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration
  • 9 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices – Crops. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. One-day immersion course on the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. Registration
  • 12 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees with John Bunker and Laura Sieger. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike, Maine. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. Registration
  • 16 - Organic Farming Principles & Practices: Livestock 101 - Basic Handling. Wednesday, Misty Brook Farm, Albion, Maine. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. When considering value-added endeavors, medium to large livestock are often a valuable addition to an operation. Knowing proper handling and first aid techniques can save lots of money and grief. Details and registration

JUNE 2018

  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 14 - Poultry Processing Workshop. 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
  • 23 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!
  • TBD – Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD. Tips and tricks for caring for your orchard through summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in fall.

JULY 2018

  • 6 – MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 26 - Poultry Processing Workshop. 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

AUGUST 2018

  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Information and registration
  • TBA - Maine Apple Camp.

SEPTEMBER 2018

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 21-23 – Common Ground Country Fair! 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

OCTOBER 2018

  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6-8 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 14 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

NOVEMBER 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 2-4 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Northport. 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.
  • TBD – Low Impact Forestry Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD – Chainsaw Safety. 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.

DECEMBER 2018

  • 6 - Kitchen Licensing Worksop. 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
  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

 


    

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