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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
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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.

APRIL 2018

  • 20 - Deadline for graduating Waldo County high school seniors to apply for the Waldo County Extension Association/Maine 4-H Foundation $1,500 scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist students interested in pursuing a degree with focused program areas in the Maine food system and youth development. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/
  • 21 - Earth Day Planting Day at MOFGA. Celebrate Earth Day in Unity by joining the spring clean up at our Common Ground Education Center and by planting new apple trees in the Maine Heritage Orchard. We'll get ready for the growing season and learn about the importance of mulching! Our planting day is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and the company of other MOFGA supporters. All ages and experience levels are welcome. We'll provide lunch and a selection of T-shirts for volunteers. To RSVP, please go to: mofga.formstack.com/forms/earthdayandmehoregistration. For more information, please email volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 22 - Cooking Class with New Mainers. Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m., Temple Beth El, Augusta, Maine. Interested in learning new recipes for your fresh Maine vegetables? Learn from New Mainers as they teach you how to cook some of their traditional dishes. You'll be able to help prepare foods, taste them, and take home new recipes to your family. Our chefs are participants in the Learning English Through Cooking class, a program of Cooperative Extension and the Central Area New Mainers Project. Suggested donation $20. Please RSVP to alibby@mofga.org
  • 28 - Maine School Garden Day. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Maine Academy of Natural Science, Hinckley, Maine. A full day of workshops and networking for school garden enthusiasts. Information and registration
  • 28 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Registration
  • 28 - Empty Bowl Supper hosted by the MOFGA El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Belfast, Maine. Information
  • 29 - Sheep Shearing School. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 84 North Rd., Newburg, Maine. Sponsored by Maine Sheep Breeders' Association. Handling and hoof trimming beginners' session. Register in advance, accompanied by $50 per person fee (includes ASI Sheep Shearing Manual). Mail registration by April 26 to Donna Flint, 16 Oak Ridge Rd., Sanford, Maine 04073. Contact email: donna.flint@maine.edu. Note: No registrations accepted after April 27, 2018
  • 30 - Deadline to apply for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants, a farm bill energy title program. REAP provides grants and guaranteed loans for renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvements for farms and rural small businesses. Those who submitted applications by the previous deadline of October 31, 2017, do not need to reapply. https://www.rd.usda.gov/me

MAY 2018

  • 4 - 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 - Deadline for farmers to register for the July 22 Open Farm Day. Sign up here with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • 5 - Maine Permaculture Design Course. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration
  • 9 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices – Crops. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. One-day immersion course on the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. Registration
  • 10 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, Noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three locations: Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike; Morning Glory Farm, Bethel; Eden Acres Farm, East Waterboro. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. Registration
  • 16 - Organic Farming Principles & Practices: Livestock 101 - Basic Handling. Wednesday, Misty Brook Farm, Albion, Maine. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. When considering value-added endeavors, medium to large livestock are often a valuable addition to an operation. Knowing proper handling and first aid techniques can save lots of money and grief. Details and registration

JUNE 2018

  • 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. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 11 - 2018 Maine Meat Cutting School. Monday to Thursday, June 11 to June 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tours and advanced handling discussions Friday, June 15 (optional; free to those who sign up for the course). Location: Central Maine Meats, 563 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine. University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers this 4-day course in professional meat cutting/processing. Registration deadline: June 8, 2018. Space limited; maximum number of participants: 20. Cost: $200.00 per student. Price includes lunch each day, refreshments, a reference notebook, 6" boning knife and supplies. Dr. Gregg Rentfrow, meat professor at the University of Kentucky, is the lead instructor. Registration
  • 14 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 16 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Tips and tricks for caring for your orchard through summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in fall. Registration
  • 23 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!

JULY 2018

  • 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
  • 9 - MOFGA Tree Fodder Day. Monday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Enlivening soil through tree-based livestock farming. $35 MOFGA or NOFA members, $50 non-members. Limited scholarships available. Contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org or call (207) 568-4142. Schedule of activities. Register on the MOFGA Store
  • 12 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 26 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

AUGUST 2018

  • 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 - Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Information and registration
  • 9 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 9 - MOFGA Fair Steering Committee meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 10-12 - NOFA's 44th Annual Summer Conference. Hampshire College, Amherst. Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez. Information

SEPTEMBER 2018

  • 7 - 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
  • 13 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 21-23 – Common Ground Country Fair! 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? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

OCTOBER 2018

  • 5 - 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
  • 6-8 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 21 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

NOVEMBER 2018

  • 2 - 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
  • 3-5 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to Monday, Northport. 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.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • TBD – Low Impact Forestry Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD – Chainsaw Safety. 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.
  • 15 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

DECEMBER 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 6 - Kitchen Licensing Worksop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Registration
  • 7 - 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
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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