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MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

Saturday, November 1 to Monday, November  3 – 2014

Point Lookout Resort, Northport



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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 2014 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

Chase's Daily
96 Main Street - 338-0555

The Gothic
108 Main Street - 338-GOTH

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

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

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

44 Bayview Street # 11 - 236-3747

Peter Ott's
16 Bayview Street - 236-4032‎

31 Elm Street - 236-9001

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

Full, interactive conference schedule 


 Saturday, Nov. 1  

Bus Tours

Gabor Degre photo, Bangor Daily News

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 81 acres they have rapidly invested in infrastructure to serve their summer and fall CSAs, multiple farmers markets and a growing farmstand.

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. Those that attend the training and testing at Farmer to Farmer can earn continuing education credits throughout the weekend by attending sessions where credit is offered. Information about credits offered can be found in session descriptions in the Farmer to Farmer brochure.

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


Register Today!

Conference registration is now open! If you would like to receive a paper copy of the registration form email us or call the MOFGA office at 568-4142. 


Early Check-In will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Welcome Center (see map)

There you can register for the conference as well as pick up your cabin key.

If you plan to arrive on Sunday morning, conference registration will be located in Erickson Hall (where meals & keynote will be held). Cabin check-in will be in the Welcome Center.

Please note that check out is at 10 am on Monday.


Full Conference Registration $150
OR A La Carte ($75 each session) 

Sunday: AM Session ($75) OR PM Session ($75)
Monday: Keynote + AM Session ($75)

MEALS (per person)
Meals for children under 6 are FREE. Children ages 13 and older pay adult meal fee.
Non-participant visitors are asked to pay for all meals.
Full Meal Package - includes breakfast, lunch & dinner on Sunday; breakfast & lunch on Monday:
Adult $75
Children ages 6-12, $25
OR Meals A La Carte
Sunday: Breakfast $12 (Adult) / $5 (Child) - Lunch $18 (A) / $5 (C) - Dinner $25 (A) / $10 (C)
Monday: Breakfast $12 (A) / $5 (C) - Lunch $18 (A) / $5 (C)


Accommodations & Venue

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

Check In will begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 1 at the Welcome Center (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 Saturday 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:
Abby, New Farmer Programs Coordinator or
Anna, Educational Events Coordinator



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