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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.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farms and Antibiotics
The New York Times - 7/23/2009.
Editorial – The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to farm animals. These animals do not receive these drugs the way humans do – as discrete short-term doses. Agricultural antibiotics are a regular feed supplement intended to increase growth and lessen the chance of infection in crowded, industrial farms.
Madison farm avoids blight hitting tomatoes
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Scott Monroe – Backyard Farms, the tomato-growing business, says it has avoided a contagious plant fungus that has been destroying tomato plants throughout the Northeast in greater numbers than usual because cool, wet weather the last month and a half have supercharged rates of infection. ... Backyard Farms hasn't been affected by the fungal outbreak because its tomatoes are grown within the climate-controlled setting of a greenhouse.
Bring your waders to Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Farmers participating in Open Farm Day on Sunday said visitors should wear hip boots. Their pastures and gardens are a little soggy with all the rain this past month. "So far, we're holding up pretty well," said Denis Thoet of Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner. "It's a little bit muddy, so we're asking people to wear appropriate footwear like hip boots. "We'll be doing some traditional music and mini tours of the farm and talk about what we're doing here."
[Central Maine] Farms participating in Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
A complete list of farms in this year's Open Farm Days is available at www.getrealmaine.com.
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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 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

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