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. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

July 3, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Rd., Lewiston. Come see  New Roots Cooperative Farm, a New American-owned cooperative in practice and learn about worker co-op farms, farmland co-ops, marketing co-ops, labor co-ops and equipment sharing co-ops. You'll learn about cooperative economic structure, democratic decision-making, and distribution of the surplus farmers collectively generate. Potluck to follow.

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MOFGA Tree Fodder Day: Tree Leaves in the Farm Food Chain

July 8, 2019 – Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Email events@mofga.org for more information. Registration available here.

This event launches a week long ‘Tree Fodder Seminar’ hosted by 3 Streams Farm. (Visit their website for the full week’s schedule.)

Have you ever considered that most livestock fodder came from trees for 8,000 years? Join us for a full-day workshop about all the many aspects of feeding animals on tree fodder. The day will include farmer showcases, hands-on activity and more.

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Direct Marketing

July 9, 2019 – Tuesday, Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel. 5:30 p.m. tour; 6 p.m. discussion. Direct-to-consumer marketing and education: How can farmers market their product in this day and age in a way that tells their authentic story, creates engaging experiences for their customers, and still allows them to have a personal life and run a farm business? That is question at the crux of this Farmer to Farmer in the Field event. FMI: events@mofga.org

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Flower Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

July 10, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at East of Eden Flower Farm, Bowdoinham. Come spend an evening with East of Eden Flower Farm in Bowdoinham. Learn a few of the basics of diverse flower production. We’ll provide a brief overview of growing, harvesting and arranging cut flowers. Potluck to follow.

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Tour a Homestead Focused on Food Preservation

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

July 11, 2019 – Thursday, 6 p.m., the Washington Homestead, Washington, Maine. Patty Manson owns and operates her own family CSA and preserves over 300 quarts of vegetables and fruits from her own land. Visit with a variety of farm animals, explore her garden beds and enjoy the views of her 50 acres of blueberry fields. Ask about wool spinning, soap and juice making. See how you, too, can raise your own food. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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Permaculture Farm Tour at Winslow Farm

July 17, 2019 – Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Winslow Farm, 291 Gray Rd., Falmouth, Maine. Join MOFGA and the Resilience Hub for an informative farm tour at Winslow Farm. Manager Max Boudreau will talk about the farm’s MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and how the farm has incorporated permaculture techniques to help create a sustainable environment. Winslow Farm also offers pick-your-own organic blueberries in mid-July – intentionally at the time of this tour. Come early to pick and purchase MOFGA-certified organic blueberries and then stay for a potluck following the tour. Information: lcayard@mofga.org. To register for this free tour, please visit https://78270.blackbaudhosting.com/78270/Winslow-Farm-Tour.

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Enjoy Mort Mather's Farm to Table Garden

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

July 25, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Easter Orchard Farm, Wells, Maine. At Easter Orchard Farm, farmer and longtime MOFGA members Mort and Barbara Mather raise MOFGA-certified organic vegetables for Joshua's Restaurant in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provided over 12,000 pounds of vegetables last year for their son's truly farm-to-table restaurant. Mort was once the MOFGA Board President and wrote the classic gardening book "Gardening for Independence." Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

 

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Medicinal Herbs and Biodynamic Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

July 31, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Avena Botanicals, Rockport. Join herbalist and biodynamic herb gardener Deb Soule for an informative walk through of Avena Botanicals medicinal herb gardens. Deb and a crew of gardeners collect over 1800 pounds of medicinal herbs by hand each year from 2-1/2 acres. These herbs are then immediately processed on-site into a variety of tinctures, teas, oils and salves. Avena is the first Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Maine and Deb will include an introduction to biodynamics as part of this tour. Potluck to follow.

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On-Farm Processing Livestock

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 7, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Tessier's Farm, Skowhegan. Come learn about Tessier’s Farm on-farm processing facility for poultry and rabbit, including how to prepare for an on-farm small animal slaughter. In addition, we will tour Tessier’s diverse array of farm products.

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Tour an Early Stage Homestead

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 15, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Living Light Homestead, Surry, Maine. Matt and Alice have been developing their property for just a few years. They've been clearing land by hand, building and living in a 10'x10' round-pole timber frame cabin, and planting out an edible landscape – all while carrying water and no on-site electricity. They will demonstrate an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill for lumber making. An ideal visit for those interested in, or just starting up their own land-based lifestyle on a budget. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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2019 Maine Apple Camp

August 16-18, 2019 – 12 noon Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday at Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine. Fee: $225; MOFGA members $200. Saturday only: $100. Apple Lovers! Orchardists! Cider Makers! Fruit Explorers! Join fellow apple enthusiasts for Maine Apple Camp. Registration includes room & board, all camp sessions. All ages welcome – most talks geared towards ages 16+. Registration

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Value Added Diverse Dairy

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 21, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at 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. See how farmers Greg and Heide 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, fermented vegetables, sausages, sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spots, meat chickens and eggs. They recently added a new cheese cave to make cave aged cheese and salami. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other. Potluck to follow.

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Explore Will Bonsall's Homestead and Gardens

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 22, 2019 – Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Khadighar Farm, Industry, Maine. Known by many throughout Maine, Khadighar Farm is a unique example of veganic gardening. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, and grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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Meet Geese, Goats, and More at Hostile Valley Living

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 27, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., Hostile Valley Living, Liberty, Maine. Hostile Valley Farm is a 93-acre homestead in Liberty. When Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Patrick Jackson first moved there in the spring of 2016, the farm had been abandoned for over twenty years. Over the course of three years the couple has made the barn a comfortable home for their dairy goats, two dozen geese, flock of chickens and guinea fowl, and pair of pigs. They've returned the fields to open land for haying and future orchards, vineyards, and crops, and are working on clearing a few additional acres and adding ponds for their waterfowl. Using their own manpower and working smartly with their livestock, they also maintain a large personal vegetable garden. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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Land Tenure

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 28, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Dickey Hill Farm, Monroe. Finding a place to farm can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re working as a farm hand, manager or apprentice it is never too soon to consider your options. Join Noami and James of Dickey Hill Farm and Abby Sadauckas, Field Agent for Land For Good to get a better idea of how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you’ll need and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream.

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Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

September 4, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham. 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 getting started in farming is becoming increasingly difficult in many ways. Join Abby and Jake of Apple Creek Farm as they share their insights and enthusiasm about how they market their livestock products year-round and utilize a mix of owned and leased acreage to support their growing farm business. Abby is the Maine Field Agent for Land for Good and will introduce several key agricultural service providers to explain how their programs can help. If you’re considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation. Potluck to follow.

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Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

September 12, 2019 – Thursday, 5 p.m. at Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, high tunnel, orchard, grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes 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.

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Cider Camp with the Greenhorns

September 14-15, 2019 – Pembroke, Maine. Once again we will make cider, but this time on a much grander scale. Come for the day or come for the week to gather and press apples with our home-built hydraulic cider press – good for vinegar, good for sweet and good for a hard New England treat! Co-sponsored by MOFGA. For registration or more details email office@greenhorns.org.

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Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. 

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

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Great Maine Apple Day

October 13, 2019 – 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.

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Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019 – 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.

 

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, November 14 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $125 – REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE for Draft and Mechanical Logging Workshops
Taught by foresters, soil scientists, and experienced landowners, this one-day introductory field course serves as a great introduction to the philosophy of Low-Impact forestry.
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Logging with Draft Animals Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with draft animals.
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Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with hand tools and small machinery.
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