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.

MOFGA's Program at the 2019 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. This year, presentations will be held in the Washington/York Room, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room and the Lincoln Room. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.

MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show.
Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs.

MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.

This year, we are offering presentations in three rooms:
• Washington/York Room (second floor of the Civic Center)
• Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room (second floor)
• Lincoln Room (first floor)

Presentations in the Washington/York Room

9–11 a.m.
Maine Organic Milk Producers Member Meeting, MOMP

11 a.m. – Noon
Managing Milk Supply

Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's Organic Dairy Specialist with a panel of producers
Creating Your Own Milk Quota: understanding the various ways to adjust on–farm milk supply to meet your individual needs and market

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting – Piscataquis/ Sagadahoc Room

Hear from MOFGA staff, board members and committee chairs regarding the organization’s activities and accomplishments over the past year. Vote on proposed amendments to the MOFGA bylaws. Elect MOFGA’s Board of Directors for the coming year and network with members.

3–5 p.m., Down on the Farm
Discuss stresses and challenges at different points in time during the first ten years of farming, which are part of the normal cycle of development. Farmers and professionals from the Beginning Farmer Resource Network will share stories of personal experiences, resources and coping strategies.

Presentations in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room

9–10 a.m.
Soil Fertility and Soil Amendments: An Organic Approach

Caleb Goossen, MOFGA's Crop and Conversation Specialist
In this session, Caleb Goossen will talk about the key concepts of providing organic soil fertility for your crops, and discuss strategies for choosing organically approved amendments that target your cropping needs.

10–11 a.m.
Organic Pest Control: The Bugs and the Diseases
Eric Sideman, MOFGA's Crop Specialist
Organic management of insects and diseases is centered on cultural practices. Pesticides are used only for rescue treatments when cultural practices cannot save the crop. Eric Sideman will discuss cultural practices and organic pesticides for new and common problems that are recently plaguing organic vegetable growers.

11 a.m.–12 noon
Compost, Crop Rotation and Green Manures

Eric Sideman, MOFGA's Crop Specialist and Caleb Goossen, MOFGA's Crop and Conversation Specialist
How do green manures and compost fit into your cropping plan? Join MOFGA crop specialists Caleb Goossen and Eric Sideman to go over important considerations for utilizing cover crops and amendments to maximize soil health and field usage efficiency.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30–3:00 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting – Piscataquis/ Sagadahoc Room
Hear from MOFGA staff, board members and committee chairs regarding the organization’s activities and accomplishments over the past year. Vote on proposed amendments to the MOFGA bylaws. Elect MOFGA’s Board of Directors for the coming year and network with members.

Presentation in the Lincoln Room

3–4 p.m.
Steps to Becoming a Certified Organic Producer

MOFGA Certification Staff
Join staff from MOFGA Certification Services as we discuss the basics of certifying your operation as organic to the standards of the USDA National Organic Program standards. Bring your certification questions! Topics will include the application process, a review of the Organic System Plan (OSP), the Federal Cost Share Rebate program, and the Materials Review process, among others.

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