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MOFGA presents a new series of monthly farm tours paired with farmer-to-farmer discussions addressing a range of advanced-level crop and livestock production topics. These evening workshops for experienced producers will be hosted on innovative farms around the state.

Overwintering and Early Planting
Tuesday, April 25
Six River Farm, Bowdoinham
496 Brown's Point Rd.

5:30 p.m. - Farm Tour
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Discussion
Nate Drummond will talk about vegetable production for the "spring shoulder season." He will focus on strategies for successful overwintering and early planting of a range of crops including greens, alliums, strawberries and cole crops, with the goal of extending harvest windows into April and May.

Asparagus
Tuesday, May 30
Chick Farm, Wells
19 Waldo Way

5:30 p.m. - Farm Tour
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Discussion
Rick & Marilyn Stanley will talk about organic asparagus production. They will focus on weed control, marketing, post-harvest handling, and spring vs. fall harvest windows. They will also summarize the results of their SARE grant project investigating the use of chickens to control weeds in asparagus.

Sticking to the Plan
Wednesday, June 28
Peacemeal Farm, 25 Peacemeal Lane, Dixmont
5:30 p.m. - Farm Tour
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Discussion
Farm planning and mental prep is an important part of a successful season. Join Mark Guzzi and Marcia Ferry and see how they make all the plans come true during the brunt of the season while they grow food for their CSA and various farmers markets.

How to Establish and Manage Alfalfa in Rotation
Tuesday, July 25
Two Loons Farm, 407 East Vassalboro Rd., China
5:30 p.m. - Farm Tour
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Discussion
Whether you are interested in growing alfalfa for hay or as a cover crop come and learn from Spencer Aitel on how to establish and manage alfalfa as part of your rotation.

Soil Health Field Day
Monday, August 21
Bumbleroot Organic Farm, 196 Highland Cliff Rd., Windham
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Join the UMaine Extension Soil Health team, MOFGA staff, and various seed and equipment dealers at this Soil Health Field Day. Events include:
    • Touring summer cover crop and cover crop mix demo plots.
    • See demos of implements for cover crop management and cultivation that are designed for improving soil health.
    • Measuring soil health. We will look at methods for testing your soil health and determining what the results tell you.

Irrigation
Thursday, September 14
Frith Farm, 61 Ash Swamp Rd., Scarborough
5:30 p.m. - Farm Tour
6 p.m. – Discussion
Daniel Mays will talk about small-scale irrigation on Frith Farm’s 3 acres of permanent no-till beds, including design principles, layout strategies, and use of sprinklers versus drip. Potluck to follow.

Farm Tour of Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham
Thursday, October 5
538 Millay Rd.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Farmers Abby Sadauckas and Jake Galle will discuss how use of the Maine Grass Farmer's Network (MGFN) no-till drill has helped them to integrate new plant species in their pastures, seed new fields, and test the use of tillage radish for reduction of soil compaction. The farmers will share progress on their SARE farmer grant, using forage radish to combat compaction in hay and pasture land. Attendees will get to see the farmers' home farm as well as new land that was cleared in the summer of 2017. The pasture walk will begin at 538 Millay Road (parking at the top of the driveway). Please dress appropriately for a lengthy tour on foot.

 


    

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