Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA Events

MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. See our Calendar for events hosted by other organizations.

Common Ground Country Fair

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September 21-23, 2018 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. 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

Great Maine Apple Day

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October 14, 2018 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shineCelebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

Hide Tanning Workshop

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October 17, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Join MOFGA and local instructors Trevanna Grenfell of The Wildwood Path and Sean Murphy of Murphy Family Farm for a day exploring the ancient skill of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. For farmers and hunters through the ages, the hide has been one of the most valuable parts of any animal – but only if they know how to treat it! We'll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you'll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring your questions and your willingness to learn, but please contact us if you would like to bring your own hide so that we can determine whether your particular project fits with the workshop. We'll work on rabbit hides together and you'll have a chance to see demos of other types of hides so that you can get a feel for how to work with different styles. We will approach this skill with sensitivity and compassion, but hide tanning isn't for the faint of heart! Be prepared to see, touch, smell, and talk about raw animal hides – and to experience the magic of turning rawhide into leather! Registration

MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, 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. Registration opening soon.

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

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November 15-18, 2018 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery. To read full descriptions of all workshops click here. If you know which workshop you want to join, you can register directly by clicking one of the links below.

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry – Click here to register

Logging with Draft Animals – Click here to register

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery – Click here to register

 

Chainsaw Safety Training

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November 16 and 17, 2018 – Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn to safely operate a chainsaw in the woods! This two-day field course is suitable for the aspiring logger, woodlot manager, home firewood producer, and occasional chainsaw user alike. Topics to be covered include personal protective equipment, saw operation and maintenance, filing, reactive forces, open-faced notch, bore cutting, tree felling (with or without wedges), and management of hazard trees and spring poles. $200; $150 for MOFGA members. Price includes all meals and basic accommodations. Information and registration

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