Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Bulletin Board

MAY 16, 2014

Tom Roberts
Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tom Roberts who, with Lois Labbe, owns Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield (website and Facebook page).
Their 5 acres of MOFGA certified organic gardens grow vegetables, culinary herbs and perennial plants, including lupines. They also sell many unusual items, including garden seeds, grapes, gobo, celeriac, dried herbs and dried tomatoes. They offer bulk purchases of some crops, sell at the Waterville, Pittsfield, Orono, Unity and Newport Farmers' Markets and through their at-market CSA.        

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Lauren Cormier illustration

MOFGA Volunteer Workday
at the Maine Heritage Orchard

On Saturday, May 17, MOFGA volunteers will be planting companion plants in the Maine Heritage Orchard. We'll begin work at 9 a.m., with a hands-on lesson about the day's work at 9:30. Please bring your own lunch, and tools if you have them!

Contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at or 568-4142 with any questions.    
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Waldo County Trails Coalition to Lead Hike in Unity
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon 
The hike will start at the trailhead in downtown Unity, across the street from Inland Family Care, and will go through the Unity College Campus, through the woods behind the college, through Woodsong Farm's forest and fields, and out to Quaker Hill Road. A shuttle will be available to transport hikers back to downtown Unity at the end of the hike.

For more information about the May 17 hike, please contact Buck O'Herin,, or visit
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Ripe for Discussion: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 18
Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods
Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions. PMA and MOFGA members free!

At the Portland Museum of Art. $10 (free for MOFGA and PMA members). Reservations are strongly recommended; visit or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.
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© 2005 Carol A. Sloane

Reception for Carol Sloane to Benefit MOFGA
Carol Sloane, an artist from Washington, Maine, will be featured at a reception on May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cribstone Capital Management, 7 North Chestnut St., in Augusta. Carol is generously donating one-third of the proceeds from the sale of several of her paintings during this exhibit to MOFGA! All are welcome to attend. Food will be catered by Patti Hamilton of Barred Owl Catering. View Carol's work online.   
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MOFGA's 2014 Farm Training Projects Begin
Tuesday, May 20, 5 p.m. (Ararat Farms, Lincolnville) and Wednesday, May 21, 5 p.m. (Laughing Stock Farm, Freeport) - Greenhouse Management. Information.
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Asparagus is Up!

Enjoy this wonderful vegetable with butter and salt, in salads, in casseroles ... And to keep the asparagus beetles at bay, see Eric Sideman's Pest Report.

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Radishes at Fail Better Farm's booth at the Waterville Farmers' Market

Maine Farmers' Markets Opening Now

Maine's farmers' markets are opening! (And winter markets are shifting to main-season markets.) Find one near you.

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MOFGA Orcharding Workshop
June 28 - Summer Orchard Care Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine - $30 
Instructors: C.J. Walke and Dave Colson

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but not sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and would like to learn organic cultivation methods? If so, join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. C.J. will discuss soil and nutrient requirements, explain organic pest and disease control and provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically. Please remember to bring a lunch.
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SARE Educational Materials
USDA's SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Outreach has created the Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems Topic Room at, an online collection of educational products for farmers, ranchers, ag professionals, community organizers, entrepreneurs and others interested in participating in the local food system. The topic room features resources produced by SARE grantees.
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2014 Common Ground Country Fair Poster
This year's 2014 Common Ground Country Fair poster features medicinal herbs. The artist, Kate Seaver, is a MOFGA journeyperson and co-operator of Up-Beet Farm in Porter, a MOFGA certified organic market garden. Her art highlights a celebrated aspect of the Common Ground Country Fair, which features more than 1,400 exhibitors and speakers. This year's Fair will occur on September 19, 20 and 21.
Every year MOFGA holds a poster contest and welcomes all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions. Guidelines and application for the 2015 Fair.
For more information, please contact Fair director April Boucher at
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The Squire's Table
A farm-to-table dinner benefiting the
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosted by The Squire Tarbox Inn
Friday, June 13, 2014
5:00 Social hour & hors d'oeuvres
6:00 Dinner seating
Squire Tarbox Inn, Westport Island, Maine
Seating limited to 80, by reservation only.
$100 per person.

Live music
Featured artisans
Tours of the farm area
Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 207-568-4142.
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

May 16-18 - New England Livestock Expo. Windsor. Details.

May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Orchard Companion planting workshop, The Maine Heritage Orchard (MeHO) at MOFGA. Including companion plants, mycorrhizal inoculation, mulching and cover cropping. Wear work clothes and bring shovels, trowels, wheelbarrows, friends and lunch. Led by John Bunker, Lauren Cormier, Tom Vigue and others. Contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's volunteer coordinator, at or 568-4142 with any questions.

May 17 - FAMACHA Workshop.
3 p.m., at the Northeast Livestock Expo in Windsor, Maine. Workshop to teach farmers how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goats. Presented by Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist. $20 cost per farm enrolls multiple attendees. Details.

May 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This day-and-a-half-long hands-on training will give women of all experience levels the confidence and knowledge to safely operate a chainsaw. Students will learn about safety gear, practice basic techniques, learn about maintenance and practice tree felling. This course is well suited to homeowners, resource professionals, trail volunteers, farmers and anyone who might use a chainsaw. Information:,

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion - Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods. Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148;

May 24 - Deadline to apply for next round of No Small Potatoes loan.

May 24 - Maine Highlands Chapter Raspberry Thinning/Pruning/Transplanting Workshop.
Saturday, 9 a.m., Felix Blinn's Farm in Brownville. Bring a spade, gloves, lunch/snack/water, and a bucket if you'd like to take home some of the thinnings. Directions from Dover-Foxcroft area: Go to Milo, then north to Brownville on route 11. Turn right at Irving station, cross bridge and go out Church Street 1 and a quarter miles. Felix's farm is at 230 Church St. on the left. Lots of fences as you approach. Please e-mail if you want to come. Up to 30 people welcome.

May 28 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Green cemeteries and natural burial.
6 p.m., MOFGA library, Unity. Speakers Alison Rector, board member of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Penelope Olson, a MOFGA volunteer working on a green cemetery project at MOFGA. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share.

May 28 - Film: More Than Honey. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Sponsors: Waldo County Beekeepers, Belfast Co-op. Free.

June 2 - Deadline to apply for Grants for Gardens from Annies, to help schools and other educational programs build gardens. Details.

June 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and

June 6 - Need Clarity on the NOP Seed Requirement? The Organic Seed Alliance will host a webinar through eOrganic that educates certifiers and certified operations on the topic of organic seed availability and sourcing. Registration.

June 7-8 - Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor.

June 10, noon - Weed Identification and Organic Control, Eric Sideman of MOFGA. Talk at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Rd., Camden. or 236-2239

June 14 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills. Information.

June 17-18 - UVM Food Systems Summit - The Necessary [r] Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems, Burlington. Details.

June 20 - Maine's Growing Food Industry - Economic Development Council of Maine Annual Symposium. Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley.

June 20-21 - Maine Fare, Belfast.

June 22 - Maine Sail Freight. 6 p.m., Tranquility Grange, Lincolnville, presented by The Greenhorns, Penobscot Marine Museum, MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust, Windjammers Association, the Boothbay Farmers' Market and Tranquility Grange. Panelists discuss their experience delivering cargo from Vermont to Manhattan last fall. A silent film, The Sam Levitt, a Maine sail freight project of the 1970s, will be shown, followed by a discussion. Potluck. FMI or to volunteer with setup, contact

June 22-25 - Revisioning Sustainability - Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems. UMass Amherst. Details.

July 4-6 - 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Details.

July 7 - Deadline to apply for USDA grants and combination grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014. Details.

July 17-20 - Timber Frame Construction Workshop for High School Students, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine. Only $100 for four-day workshop, thanks to support from MOFGA, Hancock Lumber, Woodmizer and Stihl. Includes instruction, tools, lunch and reference material (no overnight accommodations). Application deadline: June 16. Registration.

July 23 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference. Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Two-day conference fee is $300. (Includes delicious meals). Many participants arrive on Wednesday, July 23 and stay to attend the free Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, July 26. Registration.

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free! Over 60 vendors. Parking $2. Details.


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