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A new series of homestead tours with MOFGA

Join us this summer for a series of tours of Maine homesteads, gardens, and more. We'll learn some new skills, see some beautiful places, and enjoy the company of other MOFGA members and friends. Entrance is by donation. Email Anna at
alibby@mofga.org with any questions or for more information.

Wild Plant Walk with Tom Seymour
June 29, 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Education Center, Unity, ME
Tom Seymour, author of Wild Plants of Maine: A Useful Guide, will guide us on a walk around the MOFGA grounds. We'll look together for useful wild plants and learn how to identify and use them.

Garden Pest & Disease Walk at a Community Garden
July 12, 6:00 p.m., 195 North Street, Portland
Join MOFGA's own Eric Sideman as we explore one of Cultivating Community's community gardens and learn about summer pests and diseases in the garden. Meet us at 195 North Street in Portland near the Eastern Promenade.

Tour a Coffee Roaster
July 19, 5:30 p.m., 44 North, 7 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine
Founded on the principle that fresh and ethically sourced coffee sips best, 44 North custom roasts 100% Arabica coffee beans on a small island off the coast of Maine.

Seaweed Nursery Tour
July 26, 6:00 p.m., CCAR, 33 Salmon Farm Rd., Franklin, ME
The sea vegetable nursery at the University of Maine's Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) supports the development of the new sea vegetable aquaculture industry in Maine through research, development, and seed provision of native sea vegetable species, including sugar kelp, skinny kelp, winged kelp, dulse, and laver. The nursery has been organically certified through MOFGA since 2016, and will be offering organic seed for sale this year. For more information see the website:

Garden Walk with MOFGA Members June & Adam
August 7, 5:30 p.m., Avant Gardens, West Gardiner, ME
Avant Gardens is an experiment in retirement homesteading. On just less than 2 acres, Adam Tomash and June Zellers have fruit trees, berry bushes, grapes, asparagus, bees, pollinator gardens, and a thriving organic vegetable garden. Their aim is to grow almost all their own fruits and vegetables in a sustainable manner. The address is 751 High Street, West Gardiner.

Explore a Fiber Farm
August 15, 5:30 p.m., Friends' Folly Farm, 319 Norris Hill Road, Monmouth, ME
Join us for an evening at a fiber focused farm. Meet the Angora goats, tour the fiber processing mill, visit our yurt which includes fiber products and vintage treasures. Then sample a light meal featuring goat meat chili and homemade bread & cheese. For directions go to:
friendsfollyfarm.com. Just off Route 202 in Monmouth.

Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts
September 5, 5:30 p.m., Super Chilly Farm, 167 Turner Mill Pond Rd., Palermo, ME
Join famed apple expert John Bunker and Cammy Watts at their homestead in Palermo to explore their orchards and learn more about Maine's apple heritage.



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