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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

APRIL 4 2014


Organic Livestock Health Care Workshop
Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$30. Bring a bag lunch - no lunch provided
MOFGA Education Center, Unity, in the library 
Workshop Leader: Susan Beal
Registration
 
Learn about organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy.
Morning Session - Patterns and Articulation: Individual and Intergenerational Health and Vitality
After Lunch - Building Holistic Health: Patterns and Practices, Tools and Techniques
Question and Answer Session

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Lauren Cormier illustration

Help Plant the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity on April 12

Conservation and restoration: Both are happening at the Maine Heritage Orchard (MeHO) in Unity, and you can be part of this exciting eco-project! The first 102 heirloom fruit trees will be planted on April 12 at MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard - a reclaimed gravel pit.  
Volunteers are welcome to help plant this polyculture/permaculture landscape and protect heritage varieties. Experienced orchardists will give tree-planting lessons for the whole family. Please join us for this free event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine; bring your own lunch and, if possible, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows! If you are attending, please RSVP to Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142. And please check www.mofga.org just before April 12 to be sure planting hasn't been postponed due to inclement weather or frozen ground.  

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MOFGA Orcharding Workshops

April 5 - Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: TBD. $30. Bring your own lunch.

April 12 - Grafting. At MOFGA, Unity. Instructor: Jen Ries. Participants graft trees to take home and plant.

April 19 - Orcharding 101. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center Unity. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members.

April 20 - Orcharding 101. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members.  

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Permaculture Design Certification Course

Last call to join the 2014 Permaculture Design Certification Course starting May 16 in Unity, Maine, cosponsored by MOFGA. The course meets one weekend per month through September. Details.

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Maine Poultry Keepers School
April 5, Fairfield
 
Poultry can be a profitable enterprise for farm operations in Maine. You might already be producing eggs or meat birds or you might be thinking about it for 2014. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with the Maine Poultry Growers Association, Maine Farm Bureau and MOFGA to present a day-long poultry keepers school on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for those in farming and will focus on nutrition, health and efficient management. However, many of the topics are also suitable for small-scale and backyard keepers. Schedule and registration information.

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UMaine Extension Offers Hayfield, Pasture Management Workshops

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state. Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the "Got Hayfields?" workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:
* March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
* April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
* April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
* April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
* April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
* May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
* June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. Information or call 1-800-287-1426.

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Trey Gilbert of Herring Brothers Meats

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Trey Gilbert, the fourth generation running the family business of Herring Brothers Meats in Guilford, Maine. Herring Brothers is a USDA-inspected meat slaughter and processing plant. In 2008, Herring Brothers became MOFGA certified organic and has since been able to provide organic slaughter and meat processing services for many certified organic livestock farmers around the state. For more information about its services, call 207-876-2631.   

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Regulations for Importing Livestock and Poultry into Maine

There is a new extremely infectious disease that swine producers need to be aware of, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). It is a corona virus, transmitted by fecal contamination, that infects all stages of a pig's life. They get an explosive diarrhea and it is 100% fatal in pre-weaned piglets. Older pigs will recover by treating with electrolytes and other support. But it is an expensive disease due to high morbidity. This disease has been found in NY and Canada, where many feeder pigs being raised in Maine originate, so beware!

Any animals brought into the state must come in with a Certificate Veterinary Inspection form CVI. In the case of swine, the Maine Department of Agriculture requires the following:
* an import permit which can be obtained by calling 207-287-3701;
* a certificate of veterinary inspection* dated within 30 days preceding importation;
* permanent, individual identification; and
* certain other requirements specific to the diseases brucellosis and pseudorabies.

* As of February 27, 2014, the State of Maine requires that the following statement be included on the certificate of veterinary inspection: To the best of my knowledge, swine represented on this certificate have not originated from premises known to be affected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), and have not been exposed to PEDv within the last 30 days.

Information.
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Welcome, Pheonix O'Brien - our new farmer-in-residence. Pheonix has been farming in Maine since 2006, mainly at Freedom Farm in Freedom. He then spent one year at Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro, Maine. He also spent a year in Kentucky at horseshoeing school. On MOFGA's grounds, Pheonix intends to grow dry beans, corn, peas, hay and root vegetables to be sold wholesale to those interested. As a sideline he shoes horses and fixes horse-drawn machinery for resale.

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Volunteer Work Day at MOFGA 
 
MOFGA is holding a volunteer work day in its kitchen in Unity on Tuesday, April 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. Join Cheryl Wixson in prepping foods for MOFGA events. Please contact Anna Libby to register (alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142). Free lunch provided!

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MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, April 19 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA by preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI: alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142.
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Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio at MOFGA
April 23 - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.
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Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

Please join MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee for its annual Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller St. in Belfast. For just $15 ($35 maximum for families; tickets at the door), attendees enjoy delicious soups, breads and desserts, get to see friends, and take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter. This year Gray Parrot from Hancock will play folk/blues guitar music, and Ted Quaday, our executive director, will speak briefly.

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Vote for MOFGA's Grant Application
 
MOFGA has applied for a Seeds of Change grant to grow food on MOFGA's unused land for the Common Ground Country Fair, for other events, for soup kitchens and food pantries. Grant monies would help us attract and train the labor to grow this food. Getting the grant depends in part on the number of votes our project gets by April 21. Please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com or Facebook.com/seedsofchange, "LIKE" the page and vote! To find and vote for our application, enter MOFGA's zip code, 04988, on the Seeds of Change website/Facebook page. You can vote once per day until April 21. The 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to a final judging phase. Grant recipients will be announced on or about May 5. Thank you for your votes!
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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level I
Sunday, May 4
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel
$50/members, $60/non-members
Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.
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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 commonground@mofga.org.
 
UMaine Extension Offers Intergenerational Gardening Program
 
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a new gardening program for youth ages 7-12. The hands-on classes will be offered at the Edward J. Reynolds House, a senior housing community in Belfast, to allow youth and elders to learn from one another and discover the joy of gardening together. Six classes will be offered from 3:30-5:30 p.m., on Wednesdays - April 30, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Youth will use the information from classes to create home gardens with materials supplied by the program and help from a UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. $40 (includes snacks, project supplies and materials for the children's home gardens). Mandatory parent and volunteer orientation April 16, 6-7 p.m., at the Waldo County Extension office, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo. Information: Call 207-342-5971 or 1-800-287-1426. Registration deadline is April 15. Space is limited to 12 participants.
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MOFGA Mugs are Back in Stock!

 
A beautiful hand thrown mug with our MOFGA medallion in earth rich colors. Made by Maine potter Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works. Malley hand digs the clay for these mugs locally and throws them all by hand. Note Malley's signature handle with thumb rest and scroll detail. Price for the pub-style, 20-oz mug: $30, set of 2 mugs, $52. Buy at the MOFGA Store.

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Sustainable Agriculture Classes at Sterling College

Sterling College in Vermont is offering summer two-week classes on sustainable agriculture and food systems:
* A course on artisan cheesemaking with the Cellars at Jasper Hill, May 27-June 6
* A course on charcuterie, June 23-July 3
* Fermentation with Sandor Katz, July 7-18
* Working Horses, Working Landscape, May 27-June 6 
 
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Marketing and Business Coordinator Position at MOFGA
 
See the MOFGA Employment Opportunities page on MOFGA.org.

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Daytripping, Anyone?
 
If you'd like to host a tour of your farm or garden this summer, we can put you on our "Daytripping" list, to be published in the June-August issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Just send (to jenglish@tidewater.net) your farm name, owners' names, farm or garden features (briefly), date and time when visitors are welcome, directions and contact information. We publish the listing, and the rest is up to you and your visitors. You may get one or even no visitors; or you may get dozens. We suggest setting one or two particular times for your tour so that your entire day isn't tied up.

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Celebration of Joe Dupere's Life
 
Please join Joe's family and friends at MOFGA on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m., to celebrate his life. The celebration will include music, speeches and photographs as well as time for reminiscing. Joe's family will be encouraging any who are interested to say a few words, be it memories shared or stories of what Joe meant to you. They say, "As we, the family, struggle to move forward we want nothing more than to hear about Joe."

While some food will be provided, folks can also bring some as well, potluck style. The family will have a sign-up sheet  shortly. Those who are traveling needn't worry about bringing anything as a local vendor will have some basics.

Joe's family would like the celebration to reflect Joe's joy, humor and general good-naturedness, and asks that attire reflect this. And PLEASE, spread the word and invite any who would like to be here, as Joe was involved in so many groups and organizations. Details on Facebook and the website of Sunnywood Farm.
 
 
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

April 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

April 5 - Maine Poultry Keepers School. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carter Hall Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. Designed for those in farming and will focus on nutrition, health and efficient management. Many topics also suitable for small-scale and backyard keepers. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension with the Maine Poultry Growers Association, Maine Farm Bureau and MOFGA. $25. Details and registration.

April 5 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: TBD. $30. Bring your own lunch. Details.

April 6 - Apple Pruning Workshop. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Good Life Center, Brooksville. Douglas Johnson and Phil Norris demonstrate pruning equipment and pruning for aesthetics, restoration, safety and fruit production. For cost, registration and other info: www.goodlife.org or 207-326-8211.

April 8 - Common Kitchen Work Day. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Join MOFGA's Cheryl Wixson to organize our kitchen and cook up some delicious food to serve at upcoming MOFGA events. Lunch provided. RSVP to alibby@mofga.org or call Anna at 568-4142.

April 8 - Free screening of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Post-film discussion with Logan Perkins, coordinator for MOFGA's successful Right-To-Know GMO labeling campaign. Sponsors: Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op.

April 8 - Free eOrganic webinar, "Putting the Pieces Together: Lessons Learned from a Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project." 2 p.m. Presented by William Curran, Ron Hoover and John Wallace of Penn State University. Advance registration required.

April 9 - Swine Education Seminar. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Florian Hall, Dept. of Public Safety, Augusta. Learn about swine health, public health, food safety, animal welfare, Pork Quality Assurance certification. Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist, will talk about pasturing swine. FMI: Cindy.kilgore@maine.gov, 215-4968. To register, send $25 per person (includes lunch) or $20 for paid members of Maine Pork Producers to Dept. of ACF, Cindy Kilgore, State House Station 28, Augusta, ME  04333-0028. Please make checks payable to Maine Pork Producers.

April 12 - Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highland Food System. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Sangerville Grange. Presenters include Mark Lapping from The Maine Food Strategy; Kenneth Morse from Maine Network of Community Food Councils; The University of Maine Machias GIS Lab (demonstrating use of GIS to map food systems); Amber Lambke, Sarah Smith and Jim Batey from the Skowhegan Food System; Stephanie Benjamin and Tricia Rouleau from Maine Farmland Trust, facilitating a food systems mapping workshop and discussion. Information and registration.

April 12 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine. Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge - Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.

April 12 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop - Grafting. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Instructor: Jen Ries. Participants graft trees to take home and plant. Details.

April 12 - Organic Livestock Health Care. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Speaker: Susan Beal, DVM, will explain organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy. Contact the MOFGA office for details: (207) 568-4142. Registration.

April 12-13 - Nonviolent Communication Level 2 Training, with Peggy Smith. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA, Unity. Some of the proceeds benefit the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. FMI and registration.

April 12-13 - 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. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

April 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA by preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI: alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142.

April 19 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center Unity. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details.

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details.

April 21 - MOFGA Certified Organic Growers - Some certification updates are due today. Please check the paperwork MOFGA sent you to see if this applies to you.

April 23 - Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Spring. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home). Limit: 15 people. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Class details.

April 24-27 - Timber Frame Construction Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This hands-on workshop introduces students to the basic practices of successful timber frame construction. Beginning with locally harvested logs, students are introduced to sustainable forestry practices, basic building design methods, and work together on a frame. All experience levels welcome. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

April 26 - Maine Farm to College Convening. St. Joseph's College, Standish. Details.

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast. $15 at the door ($35 maximum for families)

April 29 - Free screening of American Meat. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Post-film discussion with local grass-based farmers, moderated by Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist. Sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op. Details.

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats, their health issues and how Maine is being impacted. Speaker Annie Kassler of Bat Conservation will show slides and video. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share. MOFGA library, Unity. 6:00 p.m.

May 1 - Fund-a-Farmer Grant deadline. The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants of up to $2,500 for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve marketing of their humane products, or more generally enrich conditions in which farm animals are raised. Details.

May 1-2 - Slow Money Maine Regional Gathering. Portland. Afternoon food tour and social hour on May 1; daylong gathering on May 2. Details.

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion - From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director. MOFGA and its mission - brief  talk and slide show, followed by a light reception. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Level 1. Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, 362 Flat Road, West Bethel. Details and registration.

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA (see article above). Profile page on MOFGA.org.
 
 
 

 

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