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 The MOFGA Calendar

FEBRUARY 2016

  • Organic Grower Meetings. Three locations: Aroostook County (Feb. 11); central Maine (Feb 23); southern Maine (Feb 25). See dates below for more details. Hosted by MOFGA Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services.
  • 7 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity.
  • 7-12 - Course: "Plants and the Living Earth: Holistic Science in Service of Agriculture." Offered by the Nature Institute, Ghent, N.Y., to farmers, gardeners, educators, and apprentices. Sliding scale fee: $300 to $600 includes materials and snacks. Scholarships available for biodynamic apprentices and farmers. Information and registration (by Jan. 15).
  • 8-9 - 5th Annual Soil and Nutrition Conference: Nurturing Nature for Food Quality. Monday-Tuesday, Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, Mass. $175 registration. Scholarships available. $20 online discount for MOFGA members (use promo code "mofga"). Information
  • 11 - Aroostook County Organic Grower Meeting. Thursday, Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowsled Club, Wiley Rd., Littleton. Information
  • 13-15 - NOFA-Vermont Winter Conference: "Our Soil, Our Health." Burlington, Vt. 3 days of workshops, panel discussions, networking, exhibitors, and more. Information.
  • 21 & 22 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop. Sunday, 9:30-4:00; Monday, 9:30-12:00; MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Workshop led by Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm and author of "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook." Information
  • 23 - Central Maine Organic Grower Meeting. (Snow date February 24) Tuesday, Location TBD. Information
  • 25 - Southern Maine Organic Grower Meeting. (Snow date February 26) Thursday, Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin & Sagadahoc, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls. Information
  • 27 - Growing Vegetables in Maine. Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m., Bath Freight Shed, Commercial St., Bath, Maine. Linton Studdiford (Master Gardener) will give a presentation on vegetable growing in the Mid-Coast Area: best varieties, when to plant, seed sources, winter growing inside, and more. This free event is sponsored by the Sagadahoc Chapter of MOFGA. For details call 207-350-6062. Seating is limited so arrive early to secure a place.
  • 29 - Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management, Portland. Details.

MARCH 2016

  • 2 - Active Community Environment Training Session. (Snow date March 8.) Weds., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MTM Rec Center, School St., Lisbon. Learn how to create active, livable community environments. Sponsored by the Active Communities Workgroup and in collaboration with the Maine Downtown Center and Friends of Midcoast Maine. Pre-registration is required. No charge to attend. Details.
  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 5 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference: Soils. (Snow date March 6) 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75 individual, $100 couples, $50 students and apprentices. Information and registration
  • 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert, with C.J. Walke. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. $50 non-members; $35 members. Information.
  • 9 - Active Community Environment Training Session. (Snow date March 10) Weds., 8-10 a.m., Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., Rockport. Learn how to create active, livable community environments. Sponsored by the Active Communities Workgroup and in collaboration with the Maine Downtown Center and Friends of Midcoast Maine. Pre-registration is required. No charge to attend. Details.
  • 10 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 12 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners & experienced growers. Information.
  • 12 - Washington County Food Summit. now Date: March 19. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Washington Academy, East Machias. Sponsored by Healthy Acadia's Community Food Council. Keynote speech, "Land and Sea: Connections in Our Food System," by Amanda Beal, a MOFGA board member and Maine Farmland Trust research and policy fellow. FMI and to register (free): Regina Grabrovac, 207-255-3741 or regina@healthyacadia.org and http://healthyacadia.org/calendar/index.php?month=3&year=2016
  • 15 (Portland) and 16 (Bangor) - Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2016. Hosted by UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association. FMI: http://umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2016/01/07/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2016/
  • 16-17 - Northeast Pasture Consortium. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine. Talks on pasture research, orchardgrass die-off, billbugs, riparian grazing management, forage breeding, risk management tools and more. Agenda (64k Word doc). Watch http://grazingguide.net/ for details.
  • 17 - Sustainable Landscape Conference. Thursday, Lewis B. Rome Commons, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT. For more information contact Donna Ellis (phone 860-486-6448; email donna.ellis@uconn.edu) or visit www.2016slc.uconn.edu.
  • 19 - Maine Grass Farmers Conference. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Alfond Campus KVCC, Hinkley, Maine. Sarah Flack on "The Creative Application of Grazing Science." Other talks on farm system design, forages, outwintering and bale grazing, plastic recycling, silvopasture, fencing and more. Agenda (29k Word doc). Watch https://umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/ for details.
  • 20 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and Orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and participate in educational workshops. Free! Information.
  • 23 - 2016 Maine Grain Conference: Post-Harvest Handling. Wednesday, Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, Maine. Speakers: Eric Thériault, Eastern Grains Inc., Drummond NB; Loïc Dewavrin, Les Fermes Lonpres, Les Cèdres QB; Kenneth Hellevang, North Dakota State University. Other topics: Cover cropping options in grains; results from nitrogen management trials for field pea, malting barley and winter grain. MOFGA's John Chartier helped plan this conference. Check https://umaine.edu/localwheat/events/ for upcoming registration information or contact Andrew Plant, UMaine Cooperative Extension, (207) 764-3361, aplant@maine.edu
  • 26 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., locations TBD; Midcoast Maine with Sean Murphy and Southern Maine with Angus Deighan. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. $50 non-members; $35 members. Information.

APRIL 2016

  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 2 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, Mount Desert, Maine. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Information.
  • 6 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 to 9 p.m. in locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening. Information.
  • 9 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Information.
  • 10 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 14 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Co-sponsored by UMCE, this course is designed for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale. Information.
  • 15 - Beyond the Field Edge: Farming and Maine’s Most Perennial Crop: Trees. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm, Washington, Maine. Indoor presentation from 8:30 to 11:30 am: at the Evening Star Grange, 31 Old Union Rd. Field tour from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at Eli Berry’s Family Woodlot and Farm, 246 Youngs Hill Rd. Free; morning refreshments and lunch provided. Dress appropriately for the field portion. Register with Hildy at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org. Information about additional workshops at www.knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer-2016/
  • 15-16 - 34th National Pesticide Forum: Cultivating Community and Environmental Health. University of Southern Maine, Portland. Convened by Beyond Pesticides, Toxics Action Center, MOFGA. Early Bird Discount: $5 off until March 15. Registration starts at $45 and includes access to all sessions as well as organic food and beverages. Registration details.
  • 16 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Information.
  • 23 - Earth Day Work Day at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Volunteers are welcome to celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI or to RSVP for the workday: Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org, 568-4142.
  • 30 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast. $15 at the door ($35 maximum for families). Information.

MAY 2016

  • 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 12 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.

JUNE 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine.
  • 2-4 - 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Moving Forward Together. Madison, Wisconsin. Pre-conference field trips and short courses, 40+ workshops, lightning talks, exciting keynote addresses and a showcase of Madison's vibrant local food culture. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Feb. 29. Information.
  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 5 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 11 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn skills for resilient living through face-to-face, hands-on activities. Nearly all workshops are participatory. Free! Information.
  • 11 - Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Heart Herbal Medicine Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, at Deer Isle Hostel. Learn how to grow, harvest and use rose, hawthorn, schisandra, linden and lemon balm to promote inner peace and wellbeing. Previous experience in using and harvesting herbs for health benefits required. $60. Scholarships available. Cosponsored by MOFGA. FMI: www.deerislehostel.com or 207-348-2308. Accommodation at the hostel: $25 with communal dinner.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., location TBD. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. Cost: $50 non-members; $35 members. Information.

JULY 2016

  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 7 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Join MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. Information.
  • 14 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 28 & 29 - Kneading Conference. Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Keynote speaker will be Amy Halloran, author of "The New Bread Basket." Information: Erin at erin@mainegrainalliance.com or kneadingconference.com.

AUGUST 2016

  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information.
  • 11 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., prior to Fair Steering Commiittee Meeting, Unity. 2017 Fair artwork will be selected.
  • 12-14 - NOFA Summer Conference. UMass Amherst, Mass. 2016 keynote by Dr. Christine Jones, internationally-acclaimed agricultural educator who will speak about sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices.
  • 20-21 - Farm & Forest Hand Tool Weekend. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn about the history, making, use, and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys, and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 8 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 23-25 - Common Ground Country Fair. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. The Fair is MOFGA's premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans.

OCTOBER 2016

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. Saturday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th. Information.
  • 16 - Great Maine Apple Day. Rain or shine: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA. Information.
  • 23 - MOFGA Board Meeting with Fair Steering Committee. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Unity.

NOVEMBER 2016

  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Location TBD. MOFGA's annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn't while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers, and others. Information.
  • 9 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 2:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Wednesday, 2 to 5:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 17-20 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. Information.
  • 18-19 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use including - the basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety and an opportunity to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is designed for the saw operator who has experience, but want to practice and improve upon his or her technique. Information.

 DECEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 8 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Course is designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information.

 


    

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