"We need to wean the American food system off its heavy 20th-century diet of fossil fuel and put it back on a diet of contemporary sunshine."
- Michael Pollan
- 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Avena Botanicals, Rockport. Details.
- 30 - Waldo Organic Growers (WOG – a MOFGA chapter) potluck and program. Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Unity Barn Raisers Community Center, 32 School Street (Route 139), Unity. Sara Trunzo, the Veggies For All director and Farm Viability Project manager for Maine Farmland Trust, will speak. Bring your own dinner service (no kitchen facilities or supplies are available at the site), a dish to share, your own beverages and maybe a friend or two who might be interested in learning about this community project and WOG.
- 31 - Deadline to apply for USDA Rural Energy for American Program guaranteed loans for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement. Details.
- 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel. Thursday, 4 p.m. at the high tunnel of Barry and Debbie Campbell, 304 Campbell Rd, Littleton, Maine. The class, led by MOFGA's agricultural service director Dave Colson, will discuss fall planting preparation, cold-hardy greens, and more. The class will continue at 5:30 p.m. at The Horn Restaurant, 382 North Rd, Houlton with a Q & A with Dave. There will be a cash bar available and discount coupons for those attendees dining at The Horn for a "Caribbean-themed night" after the workshop. Reservations to The Horn are recommended at 532-2260. To help plan for the event, pre-registration is suggested. Please contact the SASWCD at email or phone 532-2087 x101. Website.
- 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
- 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour. 2 p.m., rain or shine. Khadighar, Industry, Maine. Details.
- 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By. Join us in MOFGA's kitchen on Monday, August 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MOFGA's own Cheryl Wixson will teach us the art of canning as we work to preserve the harvest. There will be lunch and T-shirts for all our volunteers. Please contact Anna Libby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 568-4142 with any questions or to RSVP.
- 4 - Farm Training Project workshop: Preserving the Harvest. Monday, 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Register for this workshop in advance either online or by calling Abby at 568-4142. Space is limited and free for MOFGA Apprentices. $15 for MOFGA members and general public. Registration closes WEDNESDAY, July 30. Details.
- 6 - Farm Training Project workshop: Preserving the Harvest. Wednesday, 4 p.m., University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lisbon Falls. Register for this workshop in advance either online or by calling Abby at 568-4142. Space is limited and free for MOFGA Apprentices. $15 for MOFGA members and general public. Registration closes WEDNESDAY, July 30. Details.
- 6 - "Do you know where your seed comes from, and why does it matter?" 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. The Belfast Co-op is hosting Fedco Seeds founder CR Lawn’s free presentation. He will discuss why we should not rely on multinational corporations as sources for much of our seed. Details.
- 7-10 - The Maine Mycological Association will host the 2014 NEMF foray at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Details.
- 8 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control Public Hearing. Friday, 8:30 a.m., 90 Blossom Lane, Deering Building, Room 319, Augusta. Information.
- 8-10 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, Mass. Details.
- 9 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Details.
- 9 - Microscope Workshop. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., J. Franklin Witter Center, 160 University Farm Rd., Old Town, Maine. Common internal parasites of sheep, goats and camelids can be detected using fecal flotation methods. Equip yourself with microscopy skills that improve your ability to make sound management decisions. $30 per person. Instructors: Jim Weber, DVM, Ph.D., and Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, Ph.D. Information and registration.
- 9 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walk. 1 to 3 p.m., Widdershins Farm (Chris and Wendy Russell), 843 Bear Hill Rd., Dover-Foxcroft. Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.
- 13 - Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Rd., Monticello, Maine. Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences during this informal farm tour and discussion. The tour is free, but please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: email@example.com or 568-4142.
- 14 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. 1:30 to 5:30, MOFGA Library.
- 14 - The Art of Giving Gala. Thursday, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Portland Company Complex. In honor of its 60th anniversary, Down East magazine is partnering with six Maine artists to raise money for Maine organizations. Artist William Wegman is joining Down East’s Art of Giving Gala to help raise money for his organization of choice: MOFGA! More about William Wegman and his work. Meet the artists, win art, and enjoy Maine foods and music! More about The Art of Giving Gala.
- 15 - Solidarity Harvest Benefit Auction. Friday, 5-9 p.m., Food AND Medicine, 20 Ivers St, Brewer. ALL PROCEEDS of the benefit go toward the purchase and production of Solidarity Harvest, a program that provides Thanksgiving baskets for laid-off workings and other families in need! Dinner included. Donations accepted. 603-283-8073; www.foodandmedicine.org
- 16 - Community Appreciation Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Belfast Co-op, 123 High St., Belfast. All are welcome at this annual celebration, which includes live music, bbq, Maine vendors, farmers' market, fundraising raffles and book sale for local nonprofits, children's activities and more! Details.
- 17 - Steer and Lamb Show. 4 p.m., and Aug. 19, 7 p.m. Steer and Lamb Auction - A new youth show and auction for market steer and lamb projects at the Union Fair. To participate, contact Heidi Baker, 207-975-4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details.
- 18 - Farm Training Project workshop: Cooperative & Permaculture Farming. Monday, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Rd., Arundel. Details.
- 20 - Farm Training Project workshop: Adventures on a Permaculture Homestead. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Rd., Franklin. Details.
- 22 - Free screening of Symphony of the Soil. 7 p.m., Camden Opera House. Sponsored by the Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust. Debra Koons Garcia, the film’s director, writer and producer, will be joined for a live discussion after the film by sustainable agriculture visionary Fred Kirschenmann and John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. Details.
- 23 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walk. 2 to 4 p.m., Chellis Brook Farm (Denise Carpenter), 167 Spring Rd., Newfield. Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.
- 25 - Farm Training Project workshop: Thinking Outside the Vegetable Box. Monday, 5 p.m., 3 Level Farm, South China. Details.
- 3 - Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer. 5 p.m., Whatley Farm, Topsham. MOFGA journeypersons share their insights and enthusiasm about how they are managing their first few years farming independently. Several key service providers will discuss how their programs can help. If you are considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important discussion. More Information.
- 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
- 6 - Tree Farm Field Days, Music Festival and Carnival Games. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348. Join Hidden Valley Nature Center to celebrate Maine's forests! HVNC alongside co-founders Tracy Moskovitz and Bambi Jones has been named the 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year for the State of Maine. $10 gets you in the gate, games are free with a chance to win prizes! Details.
- 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $40 (lunch included). Early registration recommended. Scholarships available. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop for a $25 fee (includes communal dinner). Information: 207-348-2308 or www.deerislehostel.com.
- 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project. 4 p.m., Blue Hill Library (Howard Room), Blue Hill. Free. Presented by Deer Isle Hostel; co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and MOFGA. Information.
- 9 - Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving. 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates the 18-acre Seven Tree Farm. Learn about interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using by-products of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. More information.
- 11 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30. in MOFGA's library.
- 12 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting, Augusta. Details.
- 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair
- 26-28 - 11th annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend for potential and already active organizers, with theme "Tactics for Organizers," for MOFGA supporters and others, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, $10-80 (sliding scale so affordable for all). For a brochure and more information: Larry Dansinger, ROSC, (207) 525-7776 or email@example.com.
- 28 - Orcharding Workshop with John Bunker. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $50 (lunch included). Scholarships available. Early registration recommended. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop for a $25 fee (includes communal dinner). Information: 207-348-2308 or www.deerislehostel.com.
- 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
- 4 - 2nd Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, self-guided tour will bring together chicken enthusiasts while encouraging education, community and local food. Participants will also see honeybees, gardens, large livestock and root cellars. Want to have your coop on the tour? Basic qualifying criteria include coop cleanliness, bird health, visitor safety and available parking for visitors. Information on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop. Full - wait list registration only. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday. All three days: $200 per person; MOFGA Journeypersons free. Fees cover materials, take-home documentation, a light breakfast and a delicious lunch each day. Full details. Registration.
- 12 - Open Creamery Day. Sunday
- 19 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
- 25 - Great Maine Apple Day. Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., rain or shine. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of diversified perennial agriculture. Bring apples for identification. Details.
- 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. Farmers and other agricultural professionals discuss topics in depth. Information.
- 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
- 13 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. 10:00 - 12:00 in MOFGA's library.
- 13 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. 12:00 - 2:00 in MOFGA's library.
- 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 in MOFGA's library.
- 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Workshops. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. $160 - Free for MOFGA Journeypersons. Details and registration.
- 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. See how foresters have improved MOFGA’s woodlot; work with experienced teamsters; use a portable sawmill; fit harnesses and collars; learn basic driving skills, safety and more. Details and registration.
- 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For those interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
- 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.
- 7 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.