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 Calendar: Events of Interest

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Included here are events that are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").


  • 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR. 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. Want to volunteer? FMI volunteers@mofga.org
  • 28 - Waldo County Small Scale Forest Stewardship Field Tour. Thursday, 3-5 p.m., Johnson Farm, Thorndike. Landowners Travis and Katie Johnson will talk about management of their 400-acre farm in family ownership since the 1700s. Travis will describe his computerized timber inventory tracking system which increases his ability to track the value of his trees. He’ll also display the Wallenstein log trailer which enables him to adjust his harvest approach and respond to specialized forest product markets. Meet at Johnson Farm at 945 East Thorndike Road (changes from Works Road), approx. 2.5 miles west of Route 7 (Valley Road), just over the Thorndike/Jackson town line. Tour is free and open to anyone interested in woodland management. Involves walking in the woods, rain or shine; please dress for field conditions. Parking is limited; consider carpooling. For information contact Aleta McKeage, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 855-884-2284, aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com, or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207-441-2895. WCSWCD website
  • 28 - Film: Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Thursday, 7 p.m., Center Theatre, 20 E. Main St., Dover Foxcroft. Presented by Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT), the Center Theatre and the Maine Highlands Chapter of MOFGA. $7 admission. For information contact Patrick Myers at (207) 564-8943 or pmyers@centertheatre.org. To reserve and buy tickets, go to TUGG: https://www.tugg.com/events/look-and-see-wedh.
  • 29 - Deadline to preregister for the state's obsolete pesticides collection program, a free annual program open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collections will occur in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. Participants must pre-register by September 29. Drop-ins are not permitted. FMI: thinkfirstspraylast.org or 207-287-2731.


  • 5 - Farm Tour of Apple Creek Farm. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., 538 Millay Rd., Bowdoinham, Maine. Farmers Abby Sadauckas and Jake Galle will discuss how use of the Maine Grass Farmer's Network (MGFN) no-till drill has helped them to integrate new plant species in their pastures, seed new fields, and test the use of tillage radish for reduction of soil compaction. The farmers will share progress on their SARE farmer grant, using forage radish to combat compaction in hay and pasture land. Attendees will get to see the farmers' home farm as well as new land that was cleared in the summer of 2017. The pasture walk will begin at 538 Millay Road (parking at the top of the driveway). Please dress appropriately for a lengthy tour on foot.
  • 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6-9 - Midcoast Conservancy Timber Frame course at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Eight students will build a complete timber frame, from harvesting trees to raising the finished structure. Tuition: $450 for Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members; $500 for others. Scholarships may be available. FMI: www.midcoastconservancy.org. Sponsored and supported by MOFGA, Hancock Lumber and Woodmizer Sawmills. To register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/timber-frame-course-october-6-9/, email info@midcoastconservancy.org, or call 207-389-5150.
  • 7 - Aroostook Apple Day. 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Unitarian Church and Cup Cafe, 61 Military St., Houlton, Maine. Sponsored by: Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, Fedco Trees, Maine Farmland Trust and MOFGA. Free. For more information, or to request special accommodation, please contact: Angela Wotton: 207-254-4126 or visit SASWCD.org.
  • 7-9 - MOFGA Nose to Tail Pork Processing. 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. $350 all three days; $300 for MOFGA members. Register here.
  • 12 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - A Day in the Woods. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Midcoast Conservancy's Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Rain date Oct. 15. Cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn about low impact forestry, logging with draft horses, carbon sequestration in forests, and much more. Fun events for all, too. Information.
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 22 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.


  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4-6 - MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to Monday, Northport, Maine. 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 and schedule of workshops
  • 7-10 - Organic Land Care Accreditation Course. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity Maine. For landscapers, educators, gardeners and more, this course will provide a certificate in organic land care accreditation. For more information, please visit: http://www.organiclandcare.net/about/mission
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-12 - Maine Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://www.maineharvestfestival.com/
  • 16 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 16-19 - 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. For beginners and experienced.
  • 17-18 - MOFGA Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 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 and safety, and a chance to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is for experienced saw operators who want to practice and improve their technique.
  • 27–29 - ACORN Conference (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network). Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Largest Canadian organic conference east of Ontario. Check http://www.acornorganic.org for details.


  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 3 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.
  • 7 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. (Snow date December 8.) Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $50 (includes lunch); $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
  • 12-14 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 2017, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. http://newenglandvfc.org/.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Deadline for farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans and Extension personnel for proposals for Organic Farming Research Foundation funding. Research priorities include but are not limited to soil health, innovative weed control, management of emerging insect and disease issues, and livestock health. FMI: http://ofrf.org/2017-grant-application




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