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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine
Pre-registration closed; walk-ins welcome!

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

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Six River Farm: Bowdoinham Farming/MOFGA Journeyperson Farm Training Program
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By Sharon Kitchens - You’d never have guessed it was a cold rainy day in early April, to look at row after row of seedlings in one of the greenhouses at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine. Farmers Gabrielle Gosselin and Nate Drummond had agreed to meet me there so I could ask them about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Journeyperson Farm Training Program.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp

August 19 - Maine Axe & Saw Day

August 21 - Soil Health Field Day at Bumbleroot Farm

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

August 31 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry

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September 6 - Diverse Dairy

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