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.

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

Tour Pine Root Farm in Steep Falls, Maine

Talk with farm owner Ruby Nelson about her work on food access

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October 17, 2018 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. Pine Root Farm, 1000 Pequawket Trail, Steep Falls, Maine. Join us for a tour of Pine Root Farm and a conversation with Ruby Nelson about her work on food access.  Ruby uses five different models on her farm to share fresh produce with low income Mainers. She'll provide an overview about how her work developed and open up the conversation for others to share their models, experiences, or questions. We'll also discuss the UMaine Extension Harvest for Hunger program and how Master Gardener's and other volunteer groups are working with farmers like Ruby to address food security. Farmers, community partners, volunteers, and any other interested parties are welcome. Potluck supper. For information email alibby@mofga.org.

Mock Crops Certification Inspection

MOFGA Farmer to Farmer in the Field event

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October 18, 2018 – Thursday, 5 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion. The Farm at KVCC, 24 Price Road, Fairfield. MOFGA certification specialists and staff will conduct a Mock Crops Certification Inspection with Q&A throughout at Kennebec Valley Community College's MOFGA-certified organic farm. We will go through all the real steps of a certification inspection followed by discussion with MOFGA certification staff, farm staff and your fellow farmers. Though Bo raises livestock on the farm as well, this mock inspection will focus on crops certification. Join us to learn what to expect when you're inspected or to streamline your own inspection process. For more information contact Daniel MacPhee.

Grow It Green: End of the Season

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October 28, 2018 – Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. Join a few of MOFGA's gardeners for an end-of-the-season hands-on gardening workshop. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Entrance is by donation. You may want to bring work gloves, a water bottle and a canning jar. Here is our schedule:
1 to 1:30 – Fruit Tree Site Prep
1:30 to 2 – Planting Garlic
2 to 2:30 – Putting Your Garden to Bed
2:30 to 3 – Making Sauerkraut
FMI or to RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

 

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 now open

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

 

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