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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. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").

AUGUST 2017

  • 21 - Soil Health Field Day at Bumbleroot Organic Farm. Farmer to Farmer in the Field farm tour: Monday, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 196 Highland Cliff Rd., Windham. Join the UMaine Extension Soil Health team, MOFGA staff, and various seed and equipment dealers at this Soil Health Field Day. Events include: touring summer cover crop and cover crop mix demo plots; demos of implements for cover crop management and cultivation that are designed for improving soil health; measuring soil health. We will look at methods for testing your soil health and determining what the results tell you.
  • 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm. MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Wednesday, 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.
  • 24 - Waldo County Small Scale Forest Stewardship Field Tour. Thursday, 3-5 p.m., Jon Robbins Woodlot, Searsmont. Landowner, licensed forester and professional logger Jon Robbins will guide us through his approach to light commercial thinning, particularly of white pine stands, which he has repeated multiple times over many years. We’ll also look at treatments he’s initiated in younger stands. Meet at the property on Moody Mountain Road, approx. 0.7 miles east of the intersection with Route 131. Tour is free and open to anyone interested in woodland management. Involves walking in the woods, rain or shine; please dress for field conditions. Parking is limited; consider carpooling. For information contact Aleta McKeage, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 855-884-2284, aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com, or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207-441-2895. WCSWCD website
  • 29 - Finishing your Livestock. 5-7 p.m., Royal Heritage Farm, 81 Chute Rd., Windham, Maine. Learn about finishing beef with grain with Mark Cooper of Cooper's Royal Heritage Farm and UMaine Extension's new livestock specialist Colt Knight. Free, but RSVP required to attend: extension.rlreception@maine.edu
  • 30 - Farm Woodlot Management. MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Wednesday, 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.
  • 30 - Farm and Field Tour at Highland Blueberry Farm. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Stockton Springs. Theresa and Tom Gaffney have been stewards of Highland Blueberry Farm in Stockton Springs since 1988. They transitioned to organic production in 1999 and have been certified through MOFGA Certification Services since 2002. The farm produces a number of products beyond simply blueberries and introduces the first ever Organic Whole Plant Wild Blueberry Tea in 2006. The farm recently received a Seed Grant from Maine Technology Institute for product development and marketing. Waldo County Extension Association will hold a brief annual meeting to approve the 2018 budget and elect new officers and board members. For more information, contact Rick Kersbergen at richard.kersbergen@maine.edu
  • 31 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft. 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. This course will act as a prerequisite to MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry workshop, which is scheduled in November. $50; $45 for MOFGA members. To register contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, 207-564-2321 ext. 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org.
  • 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 alibby@mofga.org

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts. MOFGA Gather & Grow homestead tour; 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. Email Anna at alibby@mofga.org with any questions or for more information.
  • 6 - Diverse Dairy. MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: 6 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.
  • 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson. MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Wednesday, 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.
  • 14 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. 9 a.m., Augusta. http://maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/meetings.shtml#nextmtg
  • 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. The Fair is 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? FMI volunteers@mofga.org
  • 28 - Waldo County Small Scale Forest Stewardship Field Tour. Thursday, 3-5 p.m., Johnson Farm, Thorndike. Landowners Travis and Katie Johnson will talk about management of their 400-acre farm in family ownership since the 1700s. Travis will describe his computerized timber inventory tracking system which increases his ability to track the value of his trees. He’ll also display the Wallenstein log trailer which enables him to adjust his harvest approach and respond to specialized forest product markets. Meet at Johnson Farm at 945 East Thorndike Road (changes from Works Road), approx. 2.5 miles west of Route 7 (Valley Road), just over the Thorndike/Jackson town line. Tour is free and open to anyone interested in woodland management. Involves walking in the woods, rain or shine; please dress for field conditions. Parking is limited; consider carpooling. For information contact Aleta McKeage, Technical Director of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District at 855-884-2284, aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com, or Morten Moesswilde, Midcoast District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, at 207-441-2895. WCSWCD website
  • 28 - Film: Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Thursday, 7 p.m., Center Theatre, 20 E. Main St., Dover Foxcroft. Presented by Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT), the Center Theatre and the Maine Highlands Chapter of MOFGA. $7 admission. For information contact Patrick Myers at (207) 564-8943 or pmyers@centertheatre.org. To reserve and buy tickets, go to TUGG: https://www.tugg.com/events/look-and-see-wedh.

OCTOBER 2017

  • 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
  • 7-9 - MOFGA Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. $350 all three days; $300 for MOFGA members. Register here.
  • 12 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - A Day in the Woods. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Midcoast Conservancy's Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Rain date Oct. 15. Cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn about low impact forestry, logging with draft horses, carbon sequestration in forests, and much more. Fun events for all, too. Information.
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 22 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 4-6 - MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to Monday, Northport, Maine. 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.
  • 7-10 - Organic Land Care Accreditation Course. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity Maine. For landscapers, educators, gardeners and more, this course will provide a certificate in organic land care accreditation. For more information, please visit: http://www.organiclandcare.net/about/mission
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-12 - Maine Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://www.maineharvestfestival.com/
  • 16 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 16-19 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • 17-18 - MOFGA Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 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.
  • 27–29 - ACORN Conference (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network). Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Largest Canadian organic conference east of Ontario. Check http://www.acornorganic.org for details.

DECEMBER 2017

  • 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. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.
  • 7 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. (Snow date December 8.) Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $50 (includes lunch); $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
  • 12-14 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 2017, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. http://newenglandvfc.org/.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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