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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. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").

MARCH 2017

  • 25 - Flower to Fork: Native Plants, Farms, and Food. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. Day-long symposium to discuss the interactions between native plants, pollinators, and food crops. Hosted by New England  Wild Flower Society. Cost: $60 (member), $65 (nonmember), $25 (student) and includes lunch. Student scholarships available. FMI: www.newenglandwild.org/programs
  • 25 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here (required). More information.
  • 25 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Two locations: Mt. Desert, Maine, and Newcastle (Cunningham Island), Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here. More information.
  • 26 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and participate in educational workshops. Free! Schedule of speakers and activities.
  • 26 - Maine Maple Sunday. Participating Maine Maple producers (including some organic producers) offer demonstrations, sugarbush tours, activities and samplings of maple products. Information.
  • 27 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School. Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seasons Event & Conference Center, 155 Riverside Street, Portland, Maine 04103. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/01/25/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2017/. If you are unable to attend at the new date for your registered location, or would like to switch locations, please contact us for a refund at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207-933-2100. Cost for registration is $45.00 per person and includes lunch.
  • 30 - Maine Sustainability & Water Conference: Maine’s Changing Foodscape. Thursday, Augusta Civic Center. $45; discounts available. Early registration ends March 19. To register by phone, contact Carol Hamel at 207-581-3195. Online registration here. Information at umaine.edu/mitchellcenter
  • 30 - Free webinar: Using Biofungicides, Biostimulants and Biofertilizers to Boost Crop Productivity and Help Manage Vegetable Diseases. 2 p.m. FMI and to register: http://articles.extension.org/pages/74056/using-biofungicides-biostimulants-and-biofertilizers-to-boost-crop-productivity-and-help-manage-vege
  • 31 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, 701 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/01/25/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2017/. If you are unable to attend at the new date for your registered location, or would like to switch locations, please contact us for a refund at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207-933-2100. Cost for registration is $45.00 per person and includes lunch.

APRIL 2017

  • 1 - 4th Annual Principle Six Conference. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center at the UMA campus, Augusta. Sliding scale registration $1 to $50 includes lunch. Register here.
  • 1 (April 2 snow date) - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke at the Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org
  • 1 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 5 - 3rd Annual Source Sustainability Awards. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine. Winners of the 2017 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships will be announced as part of the event. For event details and tickets go to: sourceawards2017.eventbrite.com
  • 5 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 to 9 p.m., locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening.
  • 5 through April 26 - Tractor Safety Course. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Conducted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Knox-Lincoln Farm Bureau, Union Farm Equipment and Farm Family Insurance at Union Farm Equipment, Route 17. Register by March 27. FMI about cost, registration and final test: https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/2017/02/01/tractor-safety/
  • 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
  • 8 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 8 - UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association’s Rural Living Day. Several MOFGA staff are involved in this event. Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike. https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/
  • 13 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Please bring a bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Register here. More information.
  • 22 - Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA! Join us on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and help us ready the grounds for spring. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Enjoy the fresh air and time with other MOFGA supporters! We'll have T-shirts and lunch for all our volunteers. RSVP to volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 22 - Maine Heritage Orchard fourth annual spring tree planting at MOFGA. 9 a.m. to noon
  • 22 - MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper. 6 p.m., United Farmers Market of Belfast, 18 Spring Street, Belfast
  • 28-29 - New England Meat Conference. Manchester, N.H. Information: www.newenglandmeatconference.org

MAY 2017

  • 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
  • 11 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 19-21 - Northeast Livestock Exposition. Windsor, Maine. IBGA Boer goat show, poster contest, feeder calf sale, wool pool, equine clinics, rabbit show, youth cook-off, beef-sheep-alpaca displays, shows & sales, educational programs, commercial trade show, Boer goat consignment sale. Demonstrations and exhibits.
  • 25 - MOFGA Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.

JUNE 2017

  • Weekly - Farm Training Projects. Locations around Maine. Workshops give apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers the chance to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise and to network.
  • 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
  • 8 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. All workshops are hands-on. Free!
  • 24 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Rd., Cumberland. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest. Instructor: C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.

JULY 2017

  • 6 - MOFGA Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and 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
  • 13 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 23 - Conservation Biocontrol short course taught by the Xerxes Society at MOFGA, Unity. Details TBA.

AUGUST 2017

  • 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 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Please bring a bag lunch. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Instructor: Seth Yentes. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 10 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-13 - Northeast Organic Farming Association's Summer Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Information.
  • 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp. Liberty, Maine. Join a gathering of heirloom fruit experts, advocates, and farmers to share knowledge and build networks that can facilitate the rescue and conservation our horticultural heritage.
  • 19 - Maine Axe and Saw Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn about the history, making, use, and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools.

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • 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 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR. 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. Want to volunteer? FMI volunteers@mofga.org

OCTOBER 2017

  • 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
  • 7-9 - MOFGA Nose to Tail Pork Processing. 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.
  • 12 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 4-6 - MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to Monday, 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.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 16-19 - 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. For beginners and experienced.
  • 17-18 - MOFGA Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 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.
  • 27–29 - ACORN Conference (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network). Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Largest Canadian organic conference east of Ontario. Check http://www.acornorganic.org for details.

DECEMBER 2017

  • 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 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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