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Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 4-6, 2016


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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
2016 MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference!

2016 Keynote Address:
Vern Grubinger on
The Legacy of Organic Agriculture




First Conference Night Dinner (on your own)

Suggested Locations



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

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

Darby's $$
155 High Street - 338-2339

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

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

La Vida $
132 High Street - 338-2211

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

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

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

The Gothic $$
108 Main Street - 338-GOTH

The Weathervane $
3 Main Street - 338-1774

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

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



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

Francine Bistro $$
55 Chestnut Street - 230-0083‎

Fresh $$
1 Bay View Street - 236-7005 

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

Long Grain $$
31 Elm Street - 236-9001

Peter Ott's $$
16 Bay View Street - 236-4032‎

Waterfront $$
40 Bay View Street # 11 - 236-3747


The Beach Store $
2520 Atlantic Highway (Rte. 1) - 789-5199

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

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


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


The Legacy of Organic Agriculture

Check our 2016 list of workshops below to see the range of topics offered at the conference!

Sessions: Saturday Morning | Saturday Afternoon | Sunday Morning | Sunday Afternoon

2016 Keynote Address
Vern Grubinger:
The Legacy of Organic Agriculture

Vern's career has spanned the blossoming of organic farming. Over the past 30 years he has seen how organic practices and principles have had a positive effect on economic, environmental and social aspects of our food system. Until about a generation ago, the organic movement was on the fringe, seemingly populated by hippies, health enthusiasts, and a few forward thinking academics. The 1980s and '90s saw the mainstreaming (some would say co-opting) of organic in the marketplace. Since that time organic farming, from the local to the global scale, has shown remarkable economic growth, which continues to this day. The environmental influence of organic agriculture has also been profound, nurturing awareness and enthusiasm for soil health, grass-fed livestock, cultural pest control methods, pollinator protection etc. The social tradition of organic farming has provided models that are equally important: farmers exploring new ideas and learning from one another, local certification groups hashing out difficult decisions, and producers espousing a passion for their businesses as well as stewardship. To Vern, the legacy of organic farming is an enduring aspiration: to make a living while caring as best we can for the land, our crops and animals, and our communities – while recognizing we don't know all the answers. To succeed we must be respectful manipulators of nature, economies, and culture. Creative, observant, and patient while joyful for the opportunity to produce healthy food. What an excellent legacy to strive to fulfill.

2016 Keynote Address:
Vern Grubinger


Our 2016 Schedule

Saturday a.m.

Permanent Raised Beds
Daniel Mays, Frith Farm
Jay and Polly Armour, Four Winds Farm

Potatoes as Part of a Mixed Vegetable Operation
Caragh Fitzgerald, University of Maine Extension
Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm

Wholesale Marketing: From Restaurants & Natural Food Stores to Colleges & Health Care
Leslie Runser, Native Maine
Tom & Poly, Belfast Co-op
Jeff Space, Pen Bay Health Care
Stuart Leckie, St. Joseph's College

Renovating Fields and Pastures
Graham Mallory, Pastures of Plenty
Steve Sinisi, Old Crow Ranch
Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Tools and Techniques for Effective Staff Management
Stacy Brenner, Broadturn Farm
Ann Mefferd, One Drop Farm & Seedlings by Annie

Orchard Health
Michael Phillips, Lost Nation Orchard

Farm Stand Success
Christa Bahner, Bahner Farm
Noah & Flora, Frinklepod Farm
Jenny & John, Wild Tilth Farm

Holistic Financial Management
Seth Wilner


Saturday p.m.

On-Farm Plant Breeding – How and Why
Heron Breen, Fruits of our Labors
John Navazio, Johnny's Selected Seeds

Farming Without Extra Labor
David Asmussen, Blue Bell Farm
Jed Beach and Emilia Carbone, 3 Bug Farm
Pheonix O'Brien and Megan Gardiner, Sandy Meadow Farm

Planning & Marketing Your CSA
Beth Haines, Fisher Farm
Clayton Carter, Fail Better Farm
Reba Richardson, Hatchet Cove Farm

Developing Relational Systems for Farm Success
Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi, Villageside Farm

Grain Growing for your Livestock
Spencer Aitel, Two Loons Farm
Brendan Holmes, Misty Brook Farm

Holistic Disease Management
Michael Phillips, Lost Nation Orchard

Crop Planning for Shoulder Seasons
Eliot Coleman, Four Season Farm
Patrice Gros, Foundation Farm
Brendan McQuillen, Morning Dew Farm


Sunday a.m. (short)

Avoiding Insecticide Resistance
Andrei Alyokhin, University of Maine

Certification Record-Keeping
Brittany Hopkins, Wise Acres Farm
Richard Harrison, True North Farms

Converting Woodlands to Pasture
Graham Mallory, Pastures of Plenty

Mulching and Weed Management
Eric Gallandt, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Moving Beyond Plastic (almost) with Cover Crops
Eero Ruuttila, Research Farm Manager, Johnny's Selected Seeds


Storage Crops/Curing

Susan Beal


Sunday p.m.

Tractor-less Weed Management
Daniel Mays, Frith Farm
Bryan Brown, UMaine

Fundamentals of Tomato Growing, Especially in High Tunnels
Eric Sideman, MOFGA
Kelsey Herrington and Dominic Pascarelli, Two Farmers Farm

Genetics and Breeding On Farm Possibilities
JoAnn and Wayne Myers, Beau Chemin Preservation Farm
Wendy Pieh, Springtide Farm

Incorporating Seed Crops into Mixed Vegetable Rotation
Erin Enouen, Long Season Farm & Hudson Valley Seed Library
Sam Zurofsky, Long Season Farm
Zach Pickens, Farm Tournant & Rooftop Ready Seeds

Employment Law: A Labor of Love
Ben Tettlebaum (facilitator), Legal Services Food Hub of the Conservation Law Foundation
Tom Trenholm, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Managing Diversified Livestock
Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas, Apple Creek Farm
Gregg Stiner, Grace Pond Farm
Bob Sullivan, Old Ackley Farm

Solar Greenhouses
Jan Goranson or Carl Johanson, Goranson Farm
Steve Tibbetts, Consulting Civil Engineer
David Colson, MOFGA Agricultural Services Director



Conference fees:

$50 per session; $150 for all four sessions
(the Sunday a.m. session includes the keynote).

$75 for all meals; $12 per breakfast; $18 per lunch; $25 for the dinner;
$10 for the bus tour.

$50 for childcare all sessions; $15 per session.
Child full meal plan $25, $5 per breakfast and lunch; $10 for the dinner.

Discounts for MOFGA members, certified growers, and apprentices and students.

All meals include gluten free and vegan options.

Walk-ins are welcome – Meal tickets will be for sale

If you would like to support this conference as a sponsor please contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org. We 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.

Accommodations & Venue
Point Lookout
Northport, Maine

207-789-2000 or 800-515-3611

Check In begins at 6:30 pm
at the Welcome Center on opening day
(see map of the North Point grounds)

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

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 have not 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 October 1st.

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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