Cumberland County Grower Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Cumberland County Extension Office - 75 Clearwater Dr. Suite 104, Falmouth
Franklin County Grower Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Franklin County Extension Office - 138 Pleasant St. Suite 1, Farmington
Hancock County Grower Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hancock County Extension Office - 63 Boggy Brook Rd., Ellsworth
Lincoln / Knox County Grower Meeting
Friday, March 27, 2015
Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Office - 377 Manktown Rd., Waldoboro
This year's programming includes 3 parts. We will have a session on certification, a session on soil health, and a session on crop planning. We will also offer the opportunity to take the Pesticide Applicator License exam before we dive into our material. If you are taking the exam you must RSVP at least 8 days prior to exam date, but we would encourage all growers to RSVP for the meeting either way.
2015 Organic Grower Meetings Schedule
10:30 am - Arrive if you are taking the Pesticide Applicator License exam
11:00 am - Pesticide Applicator License Testing (Must RSVP at least 8 days prior to exam date.)
1:00 pm - Introductions
1:15 pm - Certification - Staff from MOFGA Certification Services will highlight important changes regarding the National Organic Program as well as our own program. We will go over frequently asked questions and common mistakes made by producers seeking certification. A Q&A will follow. Staff will also be available for individual conversations with producers about their application paperwork.
2:00 pm - Soil Health - It is probably more than half a century now since William Albrecht began talking about "feeding the soil to feed the plants", and that J.I. and Robert Rodale made this the king-pin of organic agriculture. The thesis is that healthy soil leads to healthful crops and healthy consumers. We will talk about what a healthy soil looks like, and how to build and maintain it.
2:45 pm - Crop Planning - Crop planning is integral to a successful farm operation. Determining how crops will follow in a rotation as well as the ability to work in green manures and cover crops can be overwhelming. At each meeting local farmers in the county who have been successful in creating a crop rotation plan will present their strategies and the elements involved in the planning routine.