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 The MOFGA Calendar

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For farmers and others interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
  • 3 - 2015 Annual Celebration for Healthy Families. Thursday; doors open at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 6:15 p.m. O'Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St., Portland. Meet leaders such as Ken Geiser, author of the new book, "Chemicals Without Harm." Enjoy the string-band sounds of The Gather Rounders. Bid on healthy home products, Maine experiences, and more in our silent auction. Hosted by Prevent Harm and our partner organization, the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Information.
  • 4 - The Maine Food Strategy: Getting to Action - Work Session & Network Gathering. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono. Information: mfs@mainefoodstrategy.org or http://mainefoodstrategy.org/the-network/
  • 4 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Radio Show. 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library, Unity.
  • 7 - Maine SARE Soil Health Workshop. 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Spectacular Event Center, Bangor, Maine. Pre-registration required. Cost is $10 before December 1; otherwise $15. Deadline to register is December 2. Includes morning snack. Register at http://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/maine-soil-health-workshop/ or by calling Meghan Dill at 207-581-3878.
  • 8 - Transferring the Farm/Forest Product Business. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Waterville, Maine. Workshop will help farm and forest product families minimize business succession risk and make informed decisions about intergenerational transfer of farmland and farm businesses. Cost: $20 (includes lunch). Registration.
  • 8 - QuickBooks Training presented by Farm Credit East. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $450 per farm (up to 2 people may attend per session). Bring your own bag lunch. Details.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12 - Boston Rally for "Jobs, Justice, Climate: Defending New England's Future." 350 Maine is coordinating transportation for those who would like to participate in the rally in support of climate solutions on  in Boston. The rally will urge world leaders to negotiate a strong global climate treaty when they meet in Paris that day. For information, see the 350 Maine website or the group's Facebook page.
  • 15-17 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference. Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. Information.
  • 18 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting.8:30 a.m., Augusta. Details.

January 2016

  • TBA - MOFGA Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services host growers’ meetings.
  • 12 - MOFGA Annual Membership Meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. 1:30 p.m., Augusta Civic Center. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of board members. Q&A period. This is also MOFGA Day at the Trades Show – a full day of presentations and workshops on organic production in Maine. Free.
  • 12-14 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center. Free. The Beginning Farmer Resource Network will have two days of programming, on Jan. 13-14. www.getrealmaine.com
  • 13 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. Augusta Civic Center. Details.
  • 16 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference. Worcester State University, Worcester, Mass. 70 workshops and exhibitors; keynote speeches with Ben Burkett, family farmer and coordinator of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; children’s conference and more. Information.
  • 22-24 - NOFA/New York 2016 Winter Conference: Good Hard Work – Ecosystems, Economics, Energy & Equity. Friday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saratoga Springs Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Keynote Speaker: Rosalinda Guillen, farm worker and rural justice leader. NOFA-NY Farmer of the Year: Kathie Arnold, co-owner and operator of Twin Oaks Dairy LLC in Truxton, N.Y. Information: (518) 584-4000 or www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference
  • 27-30 - Southern SAWG Conference: "Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms." Weds.-Sat., Lexington, Kentucky. Sponsored by Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Inc. Information.
  • 31 - Maine Farmers’ Market Convention. Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell. Information.

February 2016

  • 3-6 - 25th Annual F​arming for the Future ​Conference: "Farming in a Changing Climate." State College, Penn. Registration $30 for members of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), $45 for non-members and includes a catered lunch. Information.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Radio Show. 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 13-15 - NOFA-Vermont Winter Conference: "Our Soil, Our Health." Burlington, Vt. 3 days of workshops, panel discussions, networking, exhibitors, and more. Information.

March 2016

  • 5 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Soils. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 16-17 - Northeast Pasture Consortium. Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine. 20th annual event connecting agricultural professionals - NRCS, Cooperative Extension, Ag. Research Service - with farmers to learn and share about pasture. Details.

April 2016

  • 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.



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