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Farmer to Farmer in the Field
Monthly farm tours at locations throughout Maine –
MOFGA presents a new series of monthly farm tours paired with farmer-to-farmer discussions addressing a range of advanced-level crop and livestock production topics. These evening workshops for experienced producers are hosted on innovative farms around the state. For more information or directions to any of the farm tours, call 568-6018, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check our webpage.
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KIVA LOANS FOR FARMERS
MOFGA has teamed up with Collective Commitments, a new social enterprise working in Maine, to help you access 0% interest loans from Kiva.org for any business purpose.
August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with three field plots, an orchard and grape arbor and many fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a solar house, root cellar, and many post and beam buildings, including a new barn and woodworking shop. The focus of their operation is to grow much of our food and to raise commercial seed crops on a small farm scale. Seed crops can work well with the home garden or the field production gardens, further diversifying a farm operation's income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in your gardens or field plots, using the by-products of the crop for food production or value added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Potluck to follow.
August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Weds., 5 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Woodlots are a ubiquitous, and essential part of farms in Maine. Whether the forest provides a heat source for your home and greenhouse, vital habitat for pollinators, foraging potential for livestock, maple syrup, or lumber for your buildings it must be managed with skill and vision. Hidden Valley Nature Center manages 1,000+ acres of forest for diverse purposes and you're invited to tour a portion of their activity with HVNC Director Andy Bezon. This workshop will emphasize the need for creativity at the intersection of field and forest, as well as a look at innovative tools, equipment, and processes. HVNC works in collaboration with MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Project and aims to promote the thoughtful and sustainable inclusion of forests into the future of farms in Maine. HVNC was named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farm in Maine. Potluck to follow. Schedule of 2017 FTP workshops.
August 31 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft. (Rain date September 1) MOFGA's popular Introduction to Low Impact Forestry is coming to Piscataquis County! Join us for a comprehensive overview of low impact forestry techniques and hands-on learning. The workshop will be led by a team of foresters, loggers and natural resource experts, and will act as a prerequisite to MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry workshop, which is scheduled for November. $50; $45 for MOFGA members. To register contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, 207-564-2321 ext. 3, email@example.com.
August 31 - Tour a Homestead As It Begins
MOFGA Gather & Grow event; Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Rd, Windsor. You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after two seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project and provide a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Road, Windsor (the second driveway on the right). For information, contact Anna Libby at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts
MOFGA Gather & Grow event; 5:30 p.m., Super Chilly Farm, Palermo. Join famed apple expert John Bunker and Cammy Watts at their homestead in Palermo to explore their orchards and learn more about Maine's apple heritage. Entrance is by donation. For information, contact Anna Libby at email@example.com
September 6 - Diverse Dairy
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: 5 p.m., Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe. In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to 'get big or get out' as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative—by diversification, value-added production, and innovative marketing strategies. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows in Monroe. Come see how farmers Greg and Heidi Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese, and ice cream, along with honey, sheep, guinea hogs, meat chickens and eggs. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm compliment each other. Potluck to follow.
September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Weds., 5 p.m., Old Wells Farm, Limington. MOFGA estimates that Maine needs about 150 new farmers each year just to maintain the infrastructure required to support our local food system – so every new farm operation in Maine is a reason to celebrate! But, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get started in farming. Join Dylan and Alaena, along with several of MOFGA's current Journeypersons, as they share their insights and enthusiasm about how they are managing their first few years farming independently. Several key service providers will also discuss how their programs can help. If you are considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important discussion. Potluck to follow.
September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR
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