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MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

Friday, November 6
to Sunday, November 8 – 2015

Point Lookout Resort, Northport
Registration details coming soon

2014 Event Evaluation
We would love to hear from you!


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MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference …

  • Is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions.
  • Is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners.
  • Features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals.
  • Features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, in which one half is dedicated to talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and the other to a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance.
  • Serves delicious meals featuring local, organic food.
  • Is a rare and wonderful opportunity to get off the farm and catch up with fellow farmers.

Learn a lot, eat well, share your expertise, make new friends,
and reconnect with old ones at the 2015 MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference!

2014 Keynote Address:
Daniel Brisebois

Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers
by Frederic Theriault and Daniel Brisebois
For sale at the MOFGA Country Store – $22




First Conference Night Dinner (on your own)

Suggested Locations



Belfast Co-op Deli & Cafe $$
123 High Street - 338-2532

Three Tides  $$$
2 Pinchey Lane - 338-1707

The Gothic $$
108 Main Street - 338-GOTH

Delvino's Pasta House $$
53 Main Street - 338-4565

Darby's  $$
155 High Street - 338-2339

Rollie's Bar and Grill  $
37 Main Street - 338-4502

Front Street Grill  $$
37 Front Street - 338-8900

Scallions Food For Life $$
1 Belmont Ave - 338-1414

Young's Lobster Pound $$
4 Mitchell Avenue - 338-1160

The Weathervane $
3 Main Street - 338-1774

La Vida $
132 High Street - 338-2211

Alexia's Pizza $$
93 Main Street - 338-9676

Ming's  $$
185 Searsport Avenue - 338-2216



Francine Bistro $$
55 Chestnut Street - 230-0083‎

Cappy's Chowder House $$
1 Main Street - 236-2254

Hartstone Inn $$$
41 Elm Street - 236-4259‎

Waterfront $$
44 Bayview Street # 11 - 236-3747 

Peter Ott's $$
16 Bayview Street - 236-4032‎

Long Grain $$
31 Elm Street - 236-9001

Fresh $$
1 Bay View Street - 236-7005 



The Beach Store $
Lincolnville Beach - 789-5199

The Lobster Pound $$
2521 Atlantic Highway (Rte. 1) - 789-5550

The Whale's Tooth Pub $$
2531 Atlantic Highway (Rte. 1) - 789-5200



Shepard's Pie $$$
18 Central Street - 236-8500

2014 session information is shown here for reference purposes only

Full, interactive conference schedule

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Daniel Brisebois
Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm


Session Descriptions: Sunday Morning | Sunday Afternoon | Monday Morning | Monday Afternoon

 Saturday, Nov. 1  

Farm Tours (Rain OR Shine)

Gabor Degre photo, Bangor Daily News

1:00 pm Bahner Farm is owned and operated by Christa and Mike Bahner. Following apprenticeships on several Maine farms and Christa's stint as the MOFGA Farmer-In-Residence the Bahners struck out on their own in 2009. After acquiring their 37 acres they have rapidly invested in infrastructure to serve their summer and fall CSAs, multiple farmers markets and a growing farmstand.

3:00 pm North Branch Farm is a 330 acre certified organic family farm owned by Anna Shapley Quinn, Seth Yentes, Elsie Gawler, and Tyler Yentes. Together these four young farmers farm four acres of diversified vegetables, care for a four and a half acre orchard, a one acre blueberry patch, and a fruit tree nursery, tend to grass-fed meats, and operate a seasonal dairy. They do all this through a combination of horse, hand, and tractor power.

Anna Shapley-Quinn Seth Yentes
Tyler Yentes Elsie Gawler
Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam

A new offering at Farmer to Farmer this year, this training and exam will help farms to comply with a new law. Nearly all growers who sell produce and use any pesticide will need an Agricultural Basic pesticide applicators license. If you have questions about whether or not you need to comply with the law contact Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control at gary.fish@maine.gov.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will present a three-hour core training session on Saturday, November 1 to prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator Core Exam. After the exam training, the Core exam will be administered in the same location. The training session will be held beginning at 1:00 pm in the Aroostook Room at Point Lookout.

Growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption are required to be licensed by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control by April 1, 2015. This requirement applies to growers who use pesticides that are approved for use in organic production.

Once the exam is passed the applicant can apply for the three-year Agricultural Basic license, which costs $15 and requires one hour of continuing education annually.

Several sessions at Farmer to Farmer offer continuing education credits (see session descriptions below). Those who attend the training and testing at Farmer to Farmer can earn continuing education credits throughout the weekend by attending sessions where credit is offered.

Keynote Address by Daniel Brisebois

Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm

"Tourne-Sol cooperative farm is worker coop run by 5 owner/farmers and 5 apprentices. Like many new farmers, when we started Tourne-Sol in the fall of 2004, we dreamed about closing our input cycles and growing all the seeds for our market garden on farm. Over the last 10 years we haven't quite closed our seed cycles, but we've come part of the way. Our organic vegetable production has grown to supply a 300-share CSA and large farmers market stall. At the same time, seed production has come to represent 10% of our sales and fulfill about 30% of our on-farm seed needs."

Dan will reflect on the evolution of Tourne-Sol cooperative farm and how running Tourne-Sol as a worker cooperative has allowed them to build a more complex operation.

Fourth session added to the 2014 Farmer to Farmer Conference!

We are excited to announce the addition of a fourth session at the 2014 Farmer to Farmer Conference! In an effort to offer the highest quality programming, we decided to add an additional session after lunch on Monday, November 3rd. To accommodate this addition, the Monday schedule will be slightly different. In the morning, we will have a "Farmer in the Spotlight" talk, followed by a shorter, one-and-a-half hour session, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we will have the final, full length session. We hope this change will benefit everyone attending the conference!

2014 Keynote Address:
Daniel Brisebois

Daniel Brisebois, co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers, is past president of Canadian Organic Growers, a USC Canada Board member, and on the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network's steering committee.

Dan is also one of the 5 members of Tourne-Sol co-operative farm (www.fermetournesol.qc.ca) in Les Cedres, Quebec. Tourne-Sol produces certified organic vegetables, flowers, seeds, seedlings and herbal teas on 12 acres rented from an organic grain farm. Tourne-Sol's products are distributed through a 300-share CSA, farmers market, and on-line seed catalogue. You can reach Dan at daniel@fermetournesol.qc.ca and follow his blog at www.goingtoseed.wordpress.com




Sunday Morning Sessions
9:15 am - 12:15 pm

A. Irrigation for Successful Crops
Ralph Turner, Laughingstock Farm
Tom Stevenson, Stevenson Farms

Ralph Turner is a not only a farmer helping run Laughingstock Farm with Lisa, but also an engineer. He will cover the basics of how to select irrigation pumps and pipe after considering the area to be irrigated, type of irrigation devices, water supply capacity, distance from source to field, elevation changes, etc. The basic concepts of pump head, pressure, friction loss, flow velocity, and how these things relate to one another will be explained. Then he and Tom Stevenson will talk about real world examples on their farms . A blank worksheet will be provided to use as a guide for your needs.

B. Record-Keeping For Farmers Who Don’t Have Time
Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi, Village Farm
Liz Martin and Matthew Glenn, Muddy Fingers Farm

Time is a limiting factor on any farm. Hear from farmers about how they developed systems of record-keeping that have helped them discover not only how much money they made on each crop, but also how much time was spent on each crop. Learn simple and quick ways for keeping records during the busy spring and summer.

C. Creating Cooperative Farms and Food Systems
Jonah Fertig, Cooperative Fermentation, Cooperative Development Institute, Resilience Hub, Democracy at Work Network
Jane Livingston, Cooperative Maine
Marada Cook, Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative

Cooperatives have played a central role in the creation of community-based, resilient food systems as farmers, consumers and workers have come together to access land, distribution, markets and healthy food. Cooperatives provide an economic alternative to the consolidation and control of our food system by industrial corporations. This workshop will explore the history of food cooperatives from the early Grange movement, Farmers Alliance and Rochdale Pioneers, to the growth of farmers’ cooperatives and the 1970s consumer health food store cooperatives. We will look specifically at different models for cooperative farms and explore how farmers can work together to develop more farms in Maine.

D. Sweet Corn: Dollars or Disaster? *
Jack Manix, Walker Farm
Dr. David T. Handley, University on Maine Cooperative Extension

Nothing brings customers to your stand like sweet corn, but its demand on land, pricey seed, high fertility needs, heaps of pests and low returns keep many organic farmers from growing it. This session will review current strategies for growing sweet corn profitably, and describe how it can be part of an effective crop rotation scheme on your farm. (* 2 credits)

E. Workhorses in the Market Garden
David Fischer and Anna MacClay, Natural Roots Farm

With a focus on the practical use of horse power, David and Anna will take us on a tour of their fields over a two year period. They will discuss their soil fertility program, crop rotations, cover crop management, and weed control strategies in preparation for vegetable crops. David will cover the use of a range of traditional and custom fabricated equipment, and the cultural practices used to raise high-quality and high-yielding produce with very low weed pressure.

F. 10 Basic Tools for Livestock Healthcare
Dr. Paul Dettloff, Organic Valley/Dr.Paul’s Lab

Dr. Paul Dettloff started as a conventional veterinarian but now uses nutrition, herbs and homeopathy to support animal health. He will share basic tools and many more ideas to cure problems.

G. Harvest Systems and Efficiencies
Megan Moore, Cedar Circle Farm
Chris Cavendish, Fishbowl Farm

At Cedar Circle Farm, Megan Moore has implemented a weekly ordering and harvest plan that stream-lines communication between the farm’s retail outlets and its production operation. Adopting this “bigger harvest” perspective has brought increased efficiency to the harvesting process, lowered staff hours and increased the farm’s retail departments ability to stock full displays consistently. Chris Cavendish and his wife Gallit reinvented their farm from the ground up in 2013. For nine years prior they had cultivated 12 acres of mixed vegetables and marketed their produce at four farmers’ markets weekly in the summer and two in the winter. After their daughter Calliope was born, they decided to specialize in growing baby salad greens year round in an effort to normalize their lives and have more time to enjoy their family. Come hear how they grow 1,000 pounds per week.

H. Creative and Innovative High Tunnel Management
Andrew Mefferd, One Drop Farm, Johnny’s
Brady Hatch, Morning Dew Farm

Greenhouse and hoophouse growers have a wide range of management techniques at their disposal to maximize yield, fruit quality, flavor, and the length of the season. Andrew Mefferd is a research specialist for Johnny’s Selected Seeds in the vining, fruiting greenhouse vegetable crops- tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. In addition to his work with Johnny’s, he puts the techniques to use on MOFGA-certified organic One Drop Farm in Cornville, Maine. Andrew will discuss tips and techniques that are appropriate for sustainable hoophouse and greenhouse growers wishing to get the most out of their precious greenhouse space.Brady Hatch from Morning Dew Farm will talk about her trials and successes growing a wide range of vegetables undercover. Uneven topography and the desire for crop diversity and crop rotation have informed Morning Dew Farm’s season extension approach over the past 10 years. We will focus on different rotation strategies that have worked for us and look at those we’ve abandoned. Early zucchini, overwintered carrots, fall and winter spinach, as well as specialty crops such as shiso, gherkins, sweet potatoes and fennel blossoms will be explored. We will look at planting dates, yield information and provide a critical look as to what has preformed best for us over the years. High tunnels, homemade Johnny’s bender tunnels, PVC caterpillars will be compared and contrasted to help you make the most of your protected spaces.


Sunday Afternoon Sessions
2:30 - 5:30 pm

I. Farming Strategies with One Tractor
Nicolas Lindholm, Hackmatack Farm
Keena Tracy, Little Ridge Farm
Laura Neale, Black Kettle Farm

On either a new or an established farm, the need to create a system based on the available farm equipment is a major part of the farm business. Hear from three Maine farmers on how they have set up successful systems based on a single farm tractor, why they made the choices they have, how their system works and how the system may change with their farm business.

J. Field IPM with Beneficial Insects *
Daniel Price and Ginger Dermott, Freedom Farm
Ronald Valentin, Biobest USA Inc.

Daniel Price and Ginger Dermott have owned and operated Freedom Farm since 2005. They grow 20 acres of mixed produce that is sold in the greater Portland area. They started experimenting with Biocontrol three years ago first in the greenhouse to control a major aphid outbreak. Pleased with their success, they started thinking about strategies to use in field production which they began implementing in 2013. The first experiment was on onion thrips using sweet alyssum as a banker crop for orious bugs, a voracious thrip predator. In 2014 they are continuing with this method of thrip control and have plans to try using Podisus for control of potato beetles and cabbage worms. Ronald will give an introduction on biological control and then focus on the use of banker plants. He concentrates on ‘thinking outside the box’ with regards to bio-control and uses a multitude of creative strategies when it comes to dealing with pests. (* 3 credits)

K. Incorporating an Orchard Block Into Your Farm Plan
Seth Yentes, North Branch Farm
Brian Caldwell, Cornell University

Have you always wanted fresh tree fruit to offer your markets and customers? Interested in how to incorporate tree fruit into your overall farm plan? Join this session with Seth Yentes of North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, and Brian Caldwell from the Dept. of Horticulture at Cornell University in New York, as they explain how they started an orchard block on their farms. Seth and his farming partners have recently planted 5 acres of fruit trees and are in the early years of their orchard. North Branch Farm also raises veggies, beef, pork and produces dairy products. Brian started his orchard close to 30 years ago, but continues to maintain the trees as part of his farm operation. Both will explain how they got started, what their plans are looking forward and discuss challenges and success they have had along the way.

L. Labor & Management: Perspective and Evolution from Two Farms
Bob Spear, Spear Farm
Michael Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Family Farm

Hear from two long-time farmers about how labor management and methods have evolved on their farms. We will discuss full time long term workers, seasonal workers, apprentices, interns, and other creative working arrangements. There will be a particular focus on paid labor options.

M. Farm Product Marketing and Merchandising
Steve Culver
Penny Jordan, Jordan Farms
Ben Slayton, Farmers’ Gate Market
Ramona Snell, Snell Family Farm
Valerie Geredien

Gain a better understanding of your customers and learn how to build relationships that last. Position your products for success in the marketplace. Discover the marketing power of your unique story. Determine the best route to new markets. Learn what it takes to get onto supermarket shelves. Join our roundtable discussion and tap into the collective wisdom of experienced farmers and marketers.

N. Integrating Vegetables and Livestock
Christa Alexander and Mark Fasching, Jericho Settlers Farm
Katia and Brendan Holmes, Misty Brook Farm

Christa and Mark founded Jericho Settlers farm, Jericho, Vermont, in 2002. They raise certified organic vegetables, and pastured beef, lamb, pork, chicken and eggs. Katia and Brendan moved Misty Brook farm to Albion ME over the last two years from MA. They produce certified organic 100% grass-fed raw Jersey milk and beef, pastured soy-free pork, chicken and eggs, four season vegetables, and grains. Their vegetable gardens are managed using animal power and their diverse farm system allows for a complicated and symbiotic full-farm rotation. They will describe how their farms integrate these very varied products into a farm system that works for their operation.

O. Master Your Maine Melons
Mark Hutton, University on Maine Cooperative Extension
Jack Manix, Walker Farm

Mark Hutton, PhD, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist, will take you through the basics of melon production in the Northeast. Along the way we’ll discuss varieties, diseases, insects and management tips, tricks, and pitfalls. Jack Manix of Walker Farm will augment the discussion by reporting on his experience with growing melons on his farm in southern Vermont. (* 2 credits)

P. Post Harvest Systems to Wash and Package
Emilia Carbone and Jed Beach, 3 Bug Farm
Reba Richardson, Hatchet Cove Farm
Megan Moore, Cedar Circle Farm

We all love growing things, but the marketability is heavily based on how it is presented. And, the profit often hinges on efficiency of getting it ready for presentation, e.g. wash stations, grading lines, packing lines, etc. Three folks who have honed the task are joining us to discuss how they streamlined the flow at Cedar Circle Farm in Vermont, 3 Bug Farm in Lincolnville, Maine and Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren, Maine.


Monday Morning Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Q. Growing Organic Seed Crops in the Northeast
Dan Brisebrois, Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol

We live in a climate of extremes - our summers can be hot/cool/wet/dry. Most seed crops thrive in specific climatic conditions and don’t appreciate the variability in our weather. Dan will cover how to select seed crop for the Northeast, and how to modify your growing conditions to accommodate a broader range of seed crops.

R. Creating a Food Safety Plan for the Direct Market Farm *
Cheryl Wixson, Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen/MOFGA
Dave Colson, MOFGA

Food Safety begins on the farm and continues through the processing and sale of the produce. Learn the steps necessary to create a basic food safety plan including contamination sources, pre and post harvest handling, worker hygiene, sanitation, record keeping, traceability, agricultural water and manure and compost use. (* 1 credit)

S. Investing for Peak Farm Performance
Mike Kasputes, Small Business Development Center

Through a combination of strategic thinking and a better understanding of what lenders are looking for, this session will help determine how and when borrowing makes sense for your farm.

T. Developing a Strategy!
Matthew LeRoux, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Is your marketing strategy "we sell whatever we have to anyone who will buy it"? Learn how a focused strategy and specific efforts can reduce your marketing labor needs and make every step count. If you want to sharpen and focus your marketing skills or just don’t know where to begin developing a marketing plan, we can help! Matt LeRoux is an Agricultural Marketing Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County on a five county team. In that role he works with a diverse mix of produce and livestock producers in the southern tier of NY. In 2008 Matt developed the Marketing Channel Assessment Tool to assist producer decision making and improve marketing performance.

U. Quick Fixes for Organic Livestock Rations with Q&A
Dr. Paul Dettloff, Organic Valley/Dr.Paul’s Lab

Dr. Paul has many years of experience working with all species of livestock. He will talk about simple ways to improve the rations you are feeding your animals. Please bring your questions for a lively discussion.

V. Disorders of Plants Caused By Nutrient Deficiencies and Excesses
Mark Hutton, University on Maine Cooperative Extension

Mark Hutton, PhD, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist, will teach a quick course on which insect and growth problems in your vegetables can be avoided by proper plant nutrition. Are the problems you see in your cabbage caused by the same thing that is causing a problem in your beets? Can correcting plant nutrition (not too much, not too little) make your operation more profitable? This will be primarily a lecture format with some time at the end for questions. (* 2 credits)

W. So You Think You Know Organic Certification...
MOFGA Certification Staff

Audience will take part in a 40-minute game show format designed to exercise their knowledge of the rule while having fun, an emotional response not often associated with certification. For the remaining time we will shift gears to discuss why some sections of the rule are written and interpreted the way they are as well as identify and discuss confusion or antipathy regarding aspects of the rule. Our goal is to enhance farmers’ knowledge of the rule and how the organic standard is verified and enforced while exposing those involved in certifying with the viewpoints and experiences of certification clients. We have the shared responsibility of keeping organic integrity forefront and to strive to reverse trendy negativity toward organic in the media and local markets. Game show and discussion hosts will be staff from MOFGA's Certification. And yes, there will be prizes!

X. Using Coppiced Alder to Build Soil Organic Matter
C.J. Walke, College of the Atlantic/MOFGA

Building and maintaining soil organic matter is essential for managing soil fertility on organic farms. Compost is the most common input used to replenish soil organic matter, but it is often from off-farm sources, especially on farms without a livestock component. This session led by C.J. Walke, Farm Manager for College of the Atlantic’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms (PRFs), will report on the methods and results of a two-year NE SARE Partnership Grant focused on the use of coppiced and chipped alder as an on-farm source of organic matter.


Monday Afternoon Sessions
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Y. Marketing Channel Assessment for Your Farm
Liz Martin and Matthew Glenn, Muddy Fingers Farm
Matthew LeRoux, Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Marketing Channel Assessment Tool is a data-based decision making tool for small-scale, diverse fruit and vegetable growers. Market channel performance is measured for 5 factors during a “snapshot” data collecting week. The resulting changes made on the farm can result in reduced marketing risk and labor as well as increased sales and profitability. Come hear how this tool helped the farmers at Muddy Fingers Farm change their marketing strategy. An article about MFF was recently in American Agriculturalist magazine, discussing their use of the tool, etc...

Z. Managing for Peak Farm Performance
Mike Kasputes, Small Business Development Center
Gray Harris, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Steph Gilbert, Dept. of Ag., Conservation and Forestry
Patti Hamilton, Barred Owl Creamery and Catering

This session is designed for farmers that are familiar with their farm’s Profit & Loss statements and Balance Sheet and want to learn how to identify variables within these financial statements that can help them to track growth and meet their farm goals.

A1. Value Added Food Processing: Is It Worth It?
Cheryl Wixson and Phillip McFarland, Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen
Theresa Gaffney, Highland Blueberry Farm / Highland Organics

Does added value to a Maine crop make economic sense? Our panel of food processors will share their operations and perspectives on economies of scale and market opportunities.

B1. Raising Turkeys
Bob Sullivan, Old Ackley Farm
John Smith, Maple Wind Farm

The farmers at Old Ackley Farm will talk about raising certified organic, heritage birds including aspects of brooding, finishing, pasture rotation, etc. Maple Wind Farm will discuss large scale turkey production methods and management under both organic and conventional feeding programs.

C1. Professional Cut Flowers
Polly and Mike Hutchinson, Robin Hollow Farm
Carolyn Snell, Snell Family Farm

Ever wonder which flower varieties are the most profitable? Come get a virtual farm tour of two outstanding professional flower farms. They will show you their operations and share juicy tips on growing and selling high quality cuts that will make your flower farm more profitable. Mike and Polly Hutchinson grow four acres of a wide range of gorgeous flowers at Robin Hollow Farm in Saunderstown, RI using sustainable methods. They do events and arrangement design year-round using their farm’s own flowers April- December. Carolyn Snell Designs is a flower farm that operates within Snell Family Farm, a diverse retail farm in Buxton, ME. They grow flowers on about 2 acres and in three high tunnels, selling at the Portland Farmers’ Market, their farm stand, DIY brides, local event designers and their own design studio.

D1. Farm Succession Planning While You're Still Farming
Jo Barret, Land for Good
Dale & Larry Scott, Scott Blueberry Hill Farm
Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good
Paul Dillion, Estate Lawyer

Farmers want to farm, and they don’t particularly like facing the reality that they’ll have to stop farming one day. How soon is soon enough to begin planning for passing on the farm? Where do I begin? How do I organize the farm transfer? How will my life be when I retire from farming? If you’ve asked yourself questions like these, come hear from a farm-friendly attorney, Farm Transfer consultants, and fellow farmers about the farm transfer process. Paul Dillon will teach how proper estate and business planning can help you and your family transfer the farm in a smooth, cost effective way that is legally binding. Jo Barrett and Kathy Ruhf, of Land For Good, will present ways to determine and meet your personal goals for retirement while passing your farm on in a way that reflects your values. Dale and Larry Scott, 4th generation farmers will share their experience of being able to keep the family farm running because of the careful planning done by Larry’s parents.

E1. Soil Nitrogen Availability in Maine
Rob Johanson, Goranson Farm
Bruce Hoskins, University on Maine Cooperative Extension
Mark Hutton, University on Maine Cooperative Extension

Nitrogen is the nutrient most commonly limiting to plant growth in Maine and the most difficult to manage. Organic farmers can supply nitrogen to growing plants from a variety of sources: soil organic matter, animal manures, compost, cover crops, and a bewildering variety of purchased supplements such as blood meal, soy meal, alfalfa meal, and blended natural fertilizers. Each of these sources must go through microbial degradation to release the nitrogen in a plant-available form. Because of its biological nature, release rates are highly dependent on the complexity of the organic form, soil temperature, and to some extent soil moisture. Weather-dependent release rates and multiple loss pathways cause the overall complexity of nitrogen management from year to year. Several laboratory release rate studies have been conducted on natural/organic N sources, including recent work in VT and a new study in ME. Bruce Hoskins and Mark Hutton from the University of Maine Soil Testing Service will review the sometimes surprising results of these studies, as well as results from a limited field study in Maine and Rob Johanson of Goranson Farm will talk about how he has been choosing nitrogen options for his crops. Actual measured content of several natural N sources will also be reviewed.

F1. Winter Greens Production
Michael Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Family Farm
Dave Colson, New Leaf Farm/MOFGA

The market for winter greens has grown providing many farms with fresh products and additional cash flow during the winter months. Join Michael Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick Family Farms and Dave Colson from New Leaf Farm and the MOFGA Staff for their tips on supplying this market.


If you would like to support this conference as a sponsor please contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.orgWe appreciate your generosity in helping us offer this educational event!

If you would like to be an exhibitor at our Trades Show contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org.

Registration details for the 2015 conference coming soon ...


Accommodations & Venue

Point Lookout Northport, ME
207-789-2000 or 800-515-3611

Check In begins at 6:30 pm at the Welcome Center on opening day (see map).


We’re excited to once again host the conference at a venue located in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine (map).
Point Lookout features tremendous views, hiking trails, bowling alley, and pleasant guest accommodations.

Point Lookout Interior

Each of Point Lookout’s spacious, all-pine cabins-one, two, or three bedroom- feature:

* kitchen with refrigerator and coffeemaker
* queen and king-size beds
* wireless internet access
* central heat and propane fireplaces
* stand-up shower in each of the one or two bathrooms

Registration closes & rates expire October 16th

Cabin reservations will be handled directly through the conference center. We've arranged special room rates ($75 in shared 2 or 3 bedroom cabin to $150 for a one bedroom cabin) for conference participants. Please call Point Lookout at 800-515-3611 to book your room.  Be sure to call by October 16th and mention the MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference.

If you would like to share a cabin and if you know the party you want to share with please indicate this.

If you want to share a cabin, but haven’t found a cabinmate yet, check our Googledoc page to see who else is looking.


Priority will be given to recent participants in the MOFGA Apprenticeship Program, but other new and limited resource farmers are encouraged to apply.

Please note that scholarships do not cover the Friday bus tour or accommodations.
Please visit this link for details on booking a room at the venue and finding a roomate.

Scholarship application deadline is September 17th.

To apply:
Fill out the scholarship application and indicate level of support requested. Your request will be processed and you will receive an email notifying you of your award and the discount code to use to register. Please do not register online until you've received notification of your award.

We will contact you by October 10th to notify you of the award amount and registration fees owed.

Questions or concerns? please contact:
Anna, Educational Events Coordinator



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