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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

JUNE 12, 2014

 
 
Vincent Guarino and Carrie Braman of Frontier Maple Sugarworks

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Vincent Guarino and Carrie Braman of Frontier Maple Sugarworks. Guarino leases land in Jackman to produce MOFGA certified organic maple syrup. He and Braman live in Northport and sell their syrup at the Lincolnville Farmers' Market.         

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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

On June 14 from 11 a.m. to noon, during the Waldo County Open Space Festival and Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, Buck O'Herin of the Waldo County Trails Coalition will lead a hike along Sandy Stream in a mature hemlock forest. The hike will start at the stone archway at the north entrance of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. FMI: Nancy Rosalie at 568-7597 or www.waldotrails.org or https://www.facebook.com/WaldoCountyTrailsCoalition.
 
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MOFGA Farm Training Projects Coming Up
 
These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.
 
Coming up:
Creative and Collaborative Marketing
Monday, June 16, 5 p.m. at The Pickup Cafe & CSA, Skowhegan
Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m. at Cultivating Community's Packard Littlefield Farm, Lisbon

Small farmers need to be creative and innovative marketers to be successful. The best are those who cultivate community involvement in their farms and nurture face-to-face relationships with their customers. Learn from the folks at Cultivating Community and The Pickup CafĂ© and CSA how they've approached collaborative marketing. This workshop will cover some of the basics of marketing and focus in on creative marketing channels such as farm stands, bringing EBT to a farmers market, Senior Farm Share, becoming a WIC vendor, low-income CSA shares, double voucher coupons, selling to food pantries, and the benefits and challenges of collective marketing. Potluck to follow at both locations. More information.
 
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MOFGA Volunteer Work Days - We Need Your Help!
 
* On Friday, June 13, we will be setting up for Farm and Homestead Day. Join our Farm and Homestead crew as they set up tents, tables, chairs, and signage for Saturday's event. We'll begin at 9 a.m.
 
* On Friday, June 13, we would love some extra hands for our Farm to Table dinner hosted by the Squire Tarbox Inn. This will be a great event in a beautiful setting to benefit MOFGA. We need help from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with set up, clean up, serving food, and more. There will be delicious pizza for all our volunteers!
 
* On Saturday, June 14, we will be having Farm and Homestead Day here at MOFGA and need volunteers from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We need help with parking, at the gates, assisting presenters, and more. Come enjoy the event and lend a hand as well!
 
* On Saturday, June 14, meet orchard enthusiasts and help with the orchard at MOFGA. In the morning and continuing all day, help build a Common Throne (composting toilet). Construction, led by Jonathan Fulford of Artisan Builders, will take place at the "fairgrounds," where the Throne will be used over the July 4th weekend. In the afternoon (and all day), help weed and mulch the orchard. Lauren Cormier and others will be on hand to talk about the companions. Bring a lunch, your tools (and wheelbarrow if you have one).
 
* On Sunday, June 15, join us on the MOFGA grounds for clean up from Saturday's event. The Open Space Festival will take place in neighboring Thorndike, so swing by for a couple hours on your way to the event. We'll start clean up around 9 a.m.
 
* On Monday, June 23, we would love some extra hands as we spruce up our grounds and clean our camping area to prepare for the Permaculture Convergence. Enjoy some time working outside. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will have T-shirts for all of our volunteers.
 
If anyone would like to help with any or all of the events, please contact MOFGA Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby at 568-4142 or alibby@mofga.org.
 
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An Evening with a Small Ruminant Parasitologist, Dr. James Miller

Dr. James E. Miller, a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University, is an expert in small ruminant gastrointestinal nematode parasitism. The Maine Sheep Breeders Association, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Turner Veterinary Service have arranged for sheep and goat producers to meet with and learn from Dr. Miller.
 
Monday, June 16, 2014
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. - Evening meal (on-your-own). Cole Farms Restaurant, Gray, Maine. Please arrive by 5:15 p.m. to order off the menu. RSVP 207-781-6099 or email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu with contact phone number, email, number attending and subject line MILLER.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Educational component of the evening, at the Maine Forest Service Building, Gray. Free and open to the public. Topics: * update and new concepts regarding small ruminant parasite management - including organic and natural methods; * using anthelmintics effectively; * Q&A and discussion
 
 
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Organic Valley Farm Discovery

June 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nezinscot Farm, Turner, Maine
Who's YOUR Farmer? Come visit an organic farm and meet your local Organic Valley farm family. Walk the pastures, make butter, feed baby calves and learn more about where delicious organic food comes from. To RSVP for your space on the tour, for driving directions, and to "meet" your farmer hosts by video, please visit the Organic Valley website.
 
 
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Maine Sail Freight Project Planning Dinner at Tranquility Grange

On Sunday, June 22, at 5:00 pm Penobscot Marine Museum, Greenhorns, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust are hosting a potluck dinner at Tranquility Grange Hall in Lincolnville to explore the possibilities for a Sail Freight Project along the coast of Maine. Email Kathy Goldner at the museum kgoldner@pmm-maine.org, or call 207-548-2529 ext. 216 to reserve your seat. Bring a pot luck dish to share.
 
Presentations by Cate Cronin, former Captain of the Hudson River Sloop; Cipperly Good, curator at Penobscot Marine Museum; Lu Yodder, boat builder and sailor for Mast Brothers Chocolate Sail Project; Patrick Kiley and Severine Fleming, Greenhorns and the Vermont Sail Project; Elisha Kaufman, Mystic Sheaf Traders; and Lance Lee of The Apprenticeshop in Rockport. Presentations followed by the pot luck dinner and a community conversation about ideas, proposals, vessel suggestions and routes for a Maine Sail Freight Project.
 
Our thanks to sponsor Marshall Wharf Brewery in Belfast. For more information or to volunteer contact hannah@thegreenhorns.net.
 
 
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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  
Instructors: C.J. Walke and Dave Colson
Cost: $30; $25 student/apprentice; free for MOFGA journeypersons

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but you weren't sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and you 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. Register here.
 
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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.
 
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2013 Common Ground Country Fair items are now on sale!


MOFGA Country Store SALE!
Celebrating 38 years of the Common Ground Country Fair with a 38% OFF SALE on all 2013 Fair Oxen T-shirts, aprons, tote bags, posters and more!
 
See the sale items at the MOFGA Country Store
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A Reminder from Mary Yurlina of MOFGA Certification Services LLC

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting an application to get certified this year is coming right up for farms - on June 30. If you've been thinking about getting certified but have questions, give us a call or an email. The federal cost share program is in full swing for both farmers AND processors this year ... which means you get 75 percent of your certification fees (up to $750) back once you get certified. Paperwork and other tidbits are posted online here.
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MOFGA Seeks Educational Programs Director

MOFGA is searching for a dynamic, organized and motivated individual to serve as Educational Programs Director. This job opening creates an outstanding opportunity to build on the success of MOFGA's educational programs and work with a fast growing environmental organization focusing on ecologically sound farming and gardening practices. Details.
 
 
 
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont



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 14 - Maine Heritage Orchard Work Day. Saturday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Help build a Common Throne (composting toilet) for the orchard. Construction, led by Jonathan Fulford of Artisan Builders, will take place at the "fairgrounds." In the afternoon (and all day), help weed and mulch the orchard. Lauren Cormier and others will be on hand to talk about the companions. Bring a lunch, your tools (and wheelbarrow if you have one). Please contact MOFGA Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby at 568-4142 or alibby@mofga.org.

June 14 - Trail Hike at MOFGA. 11 a.m. to noon., during the Waldo County Open Space Festival and Farm & Homestead Day. Buck O'Herin of the Waldo County Trails Coalition will lead a hike along Sandy Stream in a mature hemlock forest. Hike will start at the stone archway at the north entrance of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. FMI: Nancy Rosalie at 568-7597 or www.waldotrails.org or https://www.facebook.com/WaldoCountyTrailsCoalition

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.  A two-day festival of good food and food for thought. Hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center. MOFGA will have a table at Maine Fare on Friday, June 20. Details.

June 21 - Organic Valley Farm Discovery. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nezinscot Farm, Turner, Maine. Who's YOUR Farmer? Come visit an organic farm and meet your local Organic Valley farm family. Walk the pastures, make butter, feed baby calves and learn more about where delicious, organic food comes from. To RSVP for your space on the tour, for driving directions, and to "meet" your farmer hosts by video, please visit  http://www.organicvalley.coop/who-is-your-farmer/farm-tours/

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 hannah@thegreenhorns.net

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

June 23 - Volunteer Work Day at MOFGA. Monday. We would love some extra hands as we spruce up our grounds and clean our camping area to prepare for the Permaculture Convergence (July 4-6). Enjoy some time working outside. We will begin at 9:30 AM and will have T-shirts for all of our volunteers. Please contact MOFGA Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby at 568-4142 or alibby@mofga.org.

June 26 - Public Hearing on the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission's 2014 Assessment. Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Room 220, Cross Office Building, Maine State House, Augusta. The Assessment presents information about the impact of international trade agreements on Maine laws, working conditions and business environment. A discussion will take place after the presentation.

June 26 - UMaine Sustainable Agriculture Twilight Tour - Sustainable Agriculture Research at Rogers Farm, Stillwater, Maine. 4 p.m. - weed walk with Eric Gallandt; 4:30 - registration; 5 to 7:45 - tours cover sustainable ag in Denmark; weed management, weed communities and climate change; plants to support native pollinators; alternative weed management strategies for vegetables; opportunities and challenges with fall-seeded crops; field pea varieties for livestock feed; incorporating wheat into organic forage rotations. No pre-registration required. Refreshments provided. 2 certified crop advisor credits and 1 pesticide credit will be offered. FMI: Ellen Mallory, ellen.mallory@maine.edu, 207-581-2942.

June 28 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine. Instructors: CJ Walke and Dave Colson. Cost: $30 ($25 student/apprentice fee; free for JPs.) Registration.

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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