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. We maintain a comprehensive Calendar of Events on MOFGA.org related to farming, gardening and environmentally friendly living Maine and the Northeast.

Shown below are links to our major annual events.

Farming Cooperatively

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July 25, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Road, Lewiston. Come see a cooperative farm in practice and learn about the economic structure of mutual ownership of farmland and equipment, which involves democratic decisions-making among farmer owners about marketing of their produce, as well as about distribution of the surplus they collectively generate. Potluck to follow.

Tour Maine Rice Paddies

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Rescheduled to July 30, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Wild Folk Farm, Benton, Maine. Wild Folk Farm has been growing rice for 5 years in paddies. We raise ducks and azolla in the rice paddies as well. Last year we grew 3,000 pounds, 12 varieties and sell the rice as seed and food. We transitioned our no-till garden plots from a mixed vegetable CSA into CBD hemp last year and this year we will also be growing upland rice in our garden plots. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them

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August 1, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Damariscotta. Who’s Who and How To Conserve Them with Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist & NRCS Partner Biologist and Brady Hatch, Farmer/Owner of Morning Dew Farm. Eric Venturini will lead this 2-part hands-on program: First, we will capture some of the pollinators on the farm to learn who they are, how they live, and what their role is. Second, we will discuss how you can become involved in pollinator conservation efforts – with a focus on how to successfully establish wildflower plantings for pollinators. Potluck for those who wish to stay. Please bring a dish to share, something to eat out of, utensils, cup, etc.

Tour Gardens and Fruit Beds

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August 2, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens, Belmont, Maine. Art, craft and horticulture come together in the Trotochaud/McDowell gardens, where the garden bed layout encourages peaceful meandering through productive areas of vegetables (including asparagus), a cranberry plot, fruit trees and shrubs, a handsome grape arbor that shelters a shaded seating area, a season-extending greenhouse, a small reflecting pool, and a fire pit/sitting area next to a pizza oven. All are interspersed with flower beds. Chickens explore freely in areas where they can't damage plants. Mary's pottery studio is onsite, and Rick's woodworking skills are apparent throughout the home and yard. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Value Added on the Farm

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August 6, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. Small farmers need to be creative and innovative marketers to be successful. One way to accomplish this is by adding value to your products. Come see how Flora and Noah have cultivated community involvement and customer relationships with The Pod, a space that includes a commercial kitchen, floral desgin studio, events space and more. The Pod allows them to offer meal kits using their farm grown ingredients, teach cooking classes and other workshops, and have a retail store. Potluck to follow.

Managing for Wildlife: A Homestead Walk with John Twomey

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August 8, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Montville, Maine. John Twomey's 125 acre off grid farm on Hogback Mountain is dedicated principally to wildlife habitat and the constant improvement of the soil. Twomey and his partner Leigh Norcott grow and preserve all of the vegetables and fruits that they use throughout the year. Additionally, they raise Golden Campine chickens and brook trout and they cut all of their own firewood. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Woods Walk with Low Impact Forestry Member Denny Gallaudet

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August 16, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Millbrook Farm, Cumberland, Maine. The woodlot at Millbrook Farm has supported the family for years with firewood as they grow veggies, raise chickens, and more. With thoughts of climate change in the forefront of their minds when they recently worked with a forester on an updated plan, Denny asked for an analysis of carbon sequestration. Learn the techniques that allow the folks at Millbrook Farm to help combat climate change through improved management of their woodlot on this tour, and consider some techniques for your own woodlot. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Homeopathy

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August 16, 2018 – Balfour Farm, Pittsfield; 5:30 p.m. farm tour, 6 p.m. discussion. Please join us in a discussion of how to effectively use homeopathy with livestock. We will use this opportunity to improve our diagnostic and repetorizing skills. Feel free to bring any case information that you're questioning, and we'll look up rubrics. We can work through your case together and, maybe, find the right remedy! Please bring any repertory or material medicas you have to use for research. Discussion to be led by Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's organic dairy and livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist since 1988, and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM and Certified Veterinary Homeopath, the only large animal vet in Maine certified in classical homeopathy (now retired).

Grow it Green: Preserving Your Garden Produce

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August 20, 2018 – Monday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., MOFGA Education Center, Unity. Wondering what to do with the produce in your garden? Join some MOFGA gardeners as they share how to can, dehydrate, and freeze seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Class is by donation, but space is limited. Please RSVP. Email alibby@mofga.org for more information or to RSVP.

Permaculture

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August 22, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Road, Franklin. Permaculture is a method of landscape design and food production that is based on the principles of ecology and diversity. Come and see an excellent example of how permaculture can help bring vitality back to land, mitigate problematic soils and increase a farm resilience. Potluck to follow.

Tour a Homestead as it Begins

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August 29, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Road, Windsor, Maine. 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 three seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project as well as giving a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Rd, Windsor (second driveway on the right). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

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September 10, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Monday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, 97 Holman Day Road, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, a high tunnel, an orchard and grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts 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.

Lamb Breakdown

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September 12, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson. Join butcher and farmer Logan Higger for a demonstration of breaking down a lamb. Learn what butchers look for to assess the quality of a carcass and what options you have for cutting up primal sections. Learn how to best explain these options to your customers and communicate with your butcher. Potluck to follow.

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

Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, 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.

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. For beginners and experienced. Registration will open soon.

Chainsaw Safety Training

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November 16 and 17, 2018 – Friday and Saturday, 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. Registration will open soon.

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