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 The MOFGA Calendar

MAY 2016

  • 3 - MOFGA's organic gardening expert Eric Sideman on how to control garden pests and diseases organically. Noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Rockport. www.merryspring.org/
  • 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 7 - Swan’s Honey Open Hive Day. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 332 Bessey Ridge Rd., Albion, ME 04910. Live bees on premises! Demonstrations and hands-on workshops. RSVP by email to swanshoney@roadrunner.com. Rain day Sunday, May 8.
  • 7-8 - Fence Building Clincs. Saturday and Sunday, Wellscroft Farm, Chesham, N.H. Each day's morning session begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 12:30 p.m. Afternoon session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. (Wellscroft is owned by Dave Kennard, who holds sheep dog demonstrations at the Common Ground Country Fair each year.) Details and registration.
  • 12 - 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
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, Noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 14 - Belfast Garden Club's 2016 Green Thumb Plant Sale. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial St. To donate seedlings, divided perennials or other plants, contact Mary Davis at 617-678-9807 or mary.davis92@verizon.net.
  • 15 - Management Intensive Grazing for the Small Diversified Farm. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd., Bethel, Vermont. Participants will learn how to set up a grazing system to complement their animal numbers (or anticipated animal numbers). $70 per person or two people for $130 (BYO Lunch). Information: Lisa McCrory, 802-234-5524 or Earthwise@myfairpoint.net. Website.
  • 16 - MOFGA's C.J. Walke on Compost 101. Free workshop. 5 to 6:30 p.m., Blue Hill Public Library, Howard Room, 5 Parker Point Road. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-composting-101-tickets-24922763657
  • 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Level 1 for Women. Join Midcoast Conservancy at Hidden Valley Nature Center for a 1-1/2-day introduction to efficient, safe use of chainsaws. This class is ideal for beginners and is a great refresher course. All equipment will be provided, or you can bring your own. $130 for Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members; $150 for non-members. Scholarships available upon request. Information.
  • 24-25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. Tuesday and Wednesday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Two-day immersion course on the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. Free for MOFGA apprentices (registration required); MOFGA members $75; all other registrants $100 per day or $150 for both days. Information and registration.
  • 28 - Spiritual Gardening: An Introduction to Dowsing and Its Use in Agriculture. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Bethel, Maine. $78. Information: Lisa McCrory at lmccrory560@gmail.com. To register: Wendy Youmans at yogawendy@gmail.com
  • 29 - Management Intensive Grazing for the Small-Scale Diversified Farm. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morning Glory Farm, West Bethel, Maine. $75 per person, 2 people for $130. Potluck lunch-please bring a dish to share. Information: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/lisa-mccroryconsulting. To register, contact: Christine Trefethen at Morning Glory Farm, 207-381-0321 or email treflist@megalink.net

JUNE 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine.
  • 2-4 - 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Moving Forward Together. Madison, Wisconsin. Pre-conference field trips and short courses, 40+ workshops, lightning talks, exciting keynote addresses and a showcase of Madison's vibrant local food culture. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Feb. 29. Information.
  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 5 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn skills for resilient living through face-to-face, hands-on activities. Nearly all workshops are participatory. Free! Information.
  • 11 - Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Heart Herbal Medicine Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, at Deer Isle Hostel. Learn how to grow, harvest and use rose, hawthorn, schisandra, linden and lemon balm to promote inner peace and wellbeing. Previous experience in using and harvesting herbs for health benefits required. $60. Scholarships available. Cosponsored by MOFGA. FMI: www.deerislehostel.com or 207-348-2308. Accommodation at the hostel: $25 with communal dinner.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., location TBD. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. Cost: $50 non-members; $35 members. Information.

JULY 2016

  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 7 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Join MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. Information.
  • 10 to 16 - Tree Fodder Seminar. 3 Streams Farm in Belfast. Presented by Shana Hanson. $150 suggested tuition covers instruction and room or camp site plus meal ingredients $35 and $55 are suggested tuitions respectively for one and two day options. Payment will be due by 6/30/16. Call (207) 338-3301 FMI and to register.
  • 14 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 21 - 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
  • 24 - Open Farm Day. Information.
  • 28 & 29 - Kneading Conference. Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Keynote speaker will be Amy Halloran, author of "The New Bread Basket." Information: Erin at erin@mainegrainalliance.com or kneadingconference.com.

AUGUST 2016

  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information.
  • 11 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., prior to Fair Steering Commiittee Meeting, Unity. 2017 Fair artwork will be selected.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12-14 - NOFA Summer Conference. UMass Amherst, Mass. 2016 keynote by Dr. Christine Jones, internationally-acclaimed agricultural educator who will speak about sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices.
  • 20-21 - Farm & Forest Hand Tool Weekend. 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 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

OCTOBER 2016

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.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.
  • 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 Radio – 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
  • 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.

DECEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – 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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