Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association



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JUNE 28, 2013

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Seth Kroeck and Maura Bannon of Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick.
Know Your Farmers!

Meet Seth Kroeck and Maura Bannon of Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick. These growers lease their farmland from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, helping keep the land in farming rather than development. They sell MOFGA certified organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, seedlings, strawberries, lamb and meat to their CSA customers. They also sell non-certified lamb, beef and pork products from their farm, and cheese, gelato and meats from other growers. And they run a farm camp for children! Find out more at, where Seth and Maura's blog features such articles as "Kohlrabi, It's Not Just For Aliens Anymore" and "Greens are the New Black."

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers!

Search for local certified-organic food on

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Volunteer for the 2013 Fair

Here at MOFGA, we depend on all our volunteers to make each Fair a success. It's easy to register for a volunteer shift using our online system. To register or retrieve your password please visit: Or, if you'd like to learn more about volunteering at the Fair, just visit our webpage on for more information. Please contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at with any questions you may have. We'll see you at the Fair!

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Farm Training Project participants observe pastured poultry at Village Farm earlier this year.
MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops

Farm Training Project workshops continue to attract dozens of MOFGA apprentices and others interested in learning how experienced farmers are growing, marketing, controlling pests, and other aspects of raising crops and livestock.

Coming up next week: Livestock Management, Monday, July 1, 5 p.m., at Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro and Tuesday, July 2, 5 p.m. at Old Crow Ranch, Durham.
Schedule of workshops.

For more information about or directions to any of the workshops, email Abby or call 568-4142. To join the email list click here.

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Beginning Farmer Resource Network
The Beginning Farmer Resource Network is a coalition - including MOFGA - of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success. Website.

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June 30 - Deadline for applications to MOFGA Certification Services LLC for organic crop certification.

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Poultry Processing Workshop

Last week's Poultry Processing Workshop at MOFGA was a huge success! The 15 participants learned how to raise and process their own meat birds. MOFGA holds this workshop each summer. In this photo, Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s organic livestock specialist (wearing the yellow coveralls), watches over participants.

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Registration for MOFGA's Fall Events is Now Open!

Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Nose to Tail Pork Processing Workshop
October 12 to 14, Saturday to Monday - Full, wait list only
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop, Level I
November 15 & 16 - Friday & Saturday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  Kitchen Licensing Workshop
December 4, Wednesday
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen

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July 12 - Deadline to apply for National Water Quality Initiative funding
Through the National Water Quality Initiative, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with farmers and ranchers in 165 small watersheds to implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment, and pathogen contributions from agricultural land. Details.

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Jim Gerritsen

Video of Jim Gerritsen

Mathieu Asselin's excellent video of MOFGA certified organic farmer Jim Gerritsen discussing the OSGATA v. Monsanto lawsuit is posted at Wonderful shots of potato planting, too!

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Maine's GMO Labeling Bill Has Won Overwhelming Support by the Legislature and Maine Residents

LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food

The Maine House voted 141 to 4 in support of LD 718 and the Maine Senate followed with a unanimous vote in favor. The legislation has been approved by the Appropriations Committee and now proceeds to the Governor's desk.

Thank you again for your support.

Read more.

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Congratulations to Anna Libby, MOFGA's volunteer coordinator, on her marriage last weekend to Lucas Rumler.

We at MOFGA are so happy for this wonderful couple!


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Farmer Field Days at Neighboring Farms in Washington County. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Every Monday morning 7 a.m. - Scything and Permaculture, Jim Kovaleski, 187 US Route 1, Robbinston. FMI:

June 29 - Summer Orchard Care Workshop.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., David Buchanan's Cider Orchard in Pownal, Maine. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and the Portland Resilience Hub. Registration closed. For more information, contact Emily Horton at

June 29 and 30 - Maple Meadow Farm Festival.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Maple Meadow Farms, 830 Mapleton Road, Mapleton, Maine 04757. Unique demonstrations, draft team farming techniques and field work with antique tractors. Mingle with friends, savor home-cooked food, browse the work of fine artisans and collections from discriminating antique dealers. Bluegrass music, childrens' area. Information and schedule on the web or call 207-764-6450.

July 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show
10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and

July 9 - Organic Grain Twilight Meeting & BBQ.
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., UMaine Cooperative Extension Office, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle. Speakers include MOFGA's John Chartier, and Mark Kopecky, agronomist with Organic Valley/CROPP. Free, but pre-registration is required for the meal. Pre-register by July 5. Call or email Meghan Dill - (207) 581-3878 -

July 10 - Farm Tour and Demonstrations Garden Side Dairy.
Wednesday, 4 p.m., Hatch Knoll Farm, Jonesboro. Farm tour, milking demo, microwave mozzarella with a potluck to follow. Open to all. FMI: 434-2674 or Website.

July 13 - Pasture Walk,
Colyer Brook Farm 17 Megquier Rd., Gray. FMI: or or call 207-342-5971.

July 18 to 21 - Timber Framing Workshop for High School Students.
Thurs. to Sunday, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. 4-day workshop starts with standing trees, model and a drawing; finishes with a completed cabin. Competitive application process, required recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Applications due by June 16 (decisions made by June 28). $50, includes all materials. No previous experience necessary. Applications and Letter of Recommendation at, or contact Andy at or 200-8840. The workshop is co-sponsored by Oak Grove School Foundation, MOFGA, Hancock Lumber, and Wood-Mizer.

July 21 - Open Farm Day.
80 locations statewide. Website.

July 21 - Sagadahoc MOFGA: Open Farm Day tour in group(s)
Visit two or three farms in close proximity. Coordinated by George Sergeant. For information, contact Sally Fesler:

July 23 - Pasture Management: Weed Control and Old Field Restoration.
Weds., 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Knox-Lincoln Extension, 377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro. Presenter: Rick Kersbergen, Waldo County Extension Educator. Is your pasture or hayfield overrun with buttercup and/or smooth bedstraw? Do you have old fields that you would like to bring back? Chemical and non-chemical methods will be discussed. Program is free, but register at 506-2040 or contact Hildy Ellis,

July 24 - Grist Mill Tour at Somerset Grist Mill. Weds., 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 42 Court St., Skowhegan, included in the registration fee for the Kneading Conference. Maine Grains sells to the wholesale market and the Pickup CSA, providing organic stone-milled grains, locally grown and traditionally milled.

July 25 and 26 - 2013 Kneading Conference.
Thurs. and Fri., Skowhegan.

30 workshops, talks, and panel discussions for everyone interested in local grains, craft breads, wood-fired ovens, and restoring regional grain networks. $300 includes (delicious!) meals. Information.

July 27 - Grist Mill Tour at Somerset Grist Mill. Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., 42 Court St., Skowhegan, included in the registration fee for the Kneading Conference.

July 27 - 5th Artisan Bread Fair. Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free. Celebration of craft bread, local grains, and the interesting tools, books, and accessories useful to baking. Live music and demonstrations during the day. Wood-Fired pizzas and other delicious local foods. Website.

July 26 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.

MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Level II Workshop, Draft Animal Logging
July 26-28, Bethel, Me.

This 3-day workshop builds on the skills that students developed in the Level I Draft Power Logging Workshop. Students are expected to have completed LIF's Level I course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting
July 27, Thorndike. $30.
Learn this method to propagate fruit trees and many ornamentals. Taught by Delton Curtis of Curtis Pond Nursery, grafter for FEDCO trees. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information.

July 31 - Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour,
Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monmouth. Registration: $20.00 (includes lunch). Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Please contact Pam St. Peter at or 207-933-2100 to preregister. Website.

August 3 - 4th Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference, Akaogi Farm, Westminster West, Vermont.
Focus on rice farming in the Northeast, including seed saving, data collection, wildlife conservation and small-scale rice processing equipment. Registration (by July 26): $50/person, $60/couple, $40/student - includes lunch and copy of 2012 conference proceedings. Register early; space is limited. To register, provide your name, e-mail address, and a check made out to Mia Murphy, 351 Longley Road, Groton, MA 01450. Contact Mia at Website.

August 9 to 11 - Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference.
UMass, Amherst, Mass. Keynote speaker: Atina Diffley (Friday, Aug. 9, 7:30 pm) is an organic farmer, consultant, activist, and author of the 2012 memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. Information.

August 15 to 17 - Boston GreenFest.
Boston City Hall Plaza. Free. Information.

August 21 - Four Season Forward - Producing Year-Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels and Quickhoops, with Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting.
Four-season production is a collection of innovative growing techniques that use season-extension products such as coldframes, Quickhoops, low tunnels and stationary and movable high tunnels. These techniques can be used to develop a new business on small acreage or to add an additional business to an existing farm that allows a farm to thrive all year. Four-season production is a management intensive process that relies on understanding appropriate crop selection, protected cultivation basics, careful succession planning and effective record keeping. Clara will provide in-depth information on four-season production practices, demonstrate best high tunnel uses and answer questions during this six-hour workshop. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. Location and time TBD. Information.

Many more events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.



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