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 The MOFGA Calendar

October

  • 24-25 - ESTIA's 11th annual conference on Building Sustainable Communities: International, National and Local Perspectives. The goal of this conference is to make Maine and the UM campus communities aware of international, national and local efforts in building sustainable communities, whether they involve eco-municipalities, transition towns, ecovillages or ecocities around the world and in Maine. Another goal is to show the connections between international peace efforts and sustainability, emphasizing the importance of ethics and social responsibility as foundations for community resilience. Register at www.estiamaine.org.
  • 25 - Great Maine Apple Day. Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of diversified perennial agriculture. Bring apples for identification. Admission $2 for MOFGA members, $4 for nonmembers. Details.

November

  • 1 - Maine Farm to School Conference. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellsworth. Registration.
  • 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. Farmers and other agricultural professionals discuss topics in depth. Information.
  • 5-6 - Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass. Registration.
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Center, Bangor. Visit MOFGA at the Maine Harvest Festival. We are one of the many vendors at this celebration of the harvest season. Enjoy speakers, presentations and cooking demonstrations as well as Maine goods for sale at this year’s festival. Details.
  • 11 - Diversity by Design: Using Trap Crops to Control the Cruciferous Flea Beetle. Free eOrganic webinar. Preregistration required.
  • 11-12 - NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) 2014 "It Takes a Region" Conference, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Details.
  • 12 - Lamb Butchering Class. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Maine Street Meats, Rockport. Call 207-236-6328 for information. Registration $45. Make checks payable to Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education.
  • 12-14 - ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) Annual Conference and Trade Show, Halifax, N.S. Details.
  • 13 - Deadline for Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grants, which can be multi-year in length and are capped at $15,000. These grants are focused on connecting agricultural professionals and farmers to conduct on-farm research.
  • 13 - Slow Money Maine daylong gathering. Focus: “Growing Up: Meeting Business Failures While Building a Food Economy.” Details.
  • 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Farmers and Landowners. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bangor. General negotiating concepts with examples specific to agriculture. Pre-Registration is required, and a $10 fee covers light refreshments and handouts. Participants should bring their own bagged lunch. Registration is limited and closes on Nov. 6. Details on MOFGA.org. Registration.
  • 13 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. 10:00 - 12:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. 12:00 - 2:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - Film: "Hanna Ranch." Shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion. Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.
  • 13-16 - 2014 Biodynamic Conference: Farming for Health. Louisville, Kentucky. Details.
  • 14-15 - The Livestock Conservancy 2014 National Conference, Austin, Texas. Register by Oct. 24. Details.
  • 15 - Maine Sheep Breeders Association 2014 Sheep and Goat Seminar. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. $35 per person (lunch and handout notebook included). Topics include disease detection and prevention, common diseases, health-related tools, the Scrapie program and more. Instructors: James Weber, D.V.M.; Anne Lichtenwalner, D.V.M.; Richard Brzozowski, Ph.D.; and a practicing veterinarian. Information.
  • 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center. Explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities and increase markets. This workshop will offer a range of information about cooperatives, including examples of current farm cooperatives. The participatory environment will enable people to work together to design a cooperative farm business. FMI and to register ($20-$30 sliding scale with barter options): www.cooperativefermentation.org.
  • 18 – Dehulling Ancient Grains. Free eOrganic webinar. Preregistration required.
  • 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry. An introductory course to bring everyone up to speed on LIF principles and practices. For some it may be a review; for others it will be a day full of new information. Cost and registration details.
  • 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference. Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Cosponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. For farmers, beekeepers, entomologists, policy makers and others interested in protecting pollinators. State and national experts on pollinators, beekeeping and pesticides will share the latest scientific research on factors affecting pollinator health and best practices for their protection. Register by October 31, 2014: $50.00/person; after October 31, 2014: $75.00/person; deadline to register: November 14. FMI: Meghan Dill, meghan.dill@maine.edu or (207) 581-3878. Registration.
  • 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Topsham. Targeted to farmers and landowners on general negotiating concepts with examples specific to agriculture. Pre-Registration is required, and a $10 fee covers light refreshments and handouts. Participants should bring their own bagged lunch. Registration is limited and closes on Nov. 13. Details on MOFGA.org. Registration.
  • 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Basic saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety; safe felling techniques. $160 - Free for MOFGA Journeypersons. Details and registration.
  • 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. See how foresters have improved MOFGA’s woodlot; work with experienced teamsters; use a portable sawmill; fit harnesses and collars; learn basic driving skills, safety and more. Details and registration.

December

  • 2 - Deadline for applying for Northeast SARE Farmer Grants. Details.
  • 3-5 - Young Farmers Conference, Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Details.
  • 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For those interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.
  • 6 - 25th Annual Maine Beef Conference, Bangor. Information.
  • 7 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 11-13 - New England Farmers Union Annual Convention. Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, Maine. Details.

January 2015

  • 31 - Deadline to apply for The Herb Society of America annual research grants to students, professionals and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history. Details.

April 2015

  • 25 - Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course begins. Cosponsored by The Resilience Hub and MOFGA. A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running April through October 2015. $250. Details.

     


    

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