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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

MAY 2, 2014

Ripe for Discussion: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 2 - TONIGHT!
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!

May 10
From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard
Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA's 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms. PMA and MOFGA members free!

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!

All events are at the PMA and cost $10 (free for MOFGA and PMA members). Reservations are strongly recommended; visit portlandmuseum.org or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.
 
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3rd Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival: Local Food Day
Saturday, May 3
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farmington, Maine 
 
On the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and locations in downtown Farmington. Details on Facebook.

 
 
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Alison LaCourse, The Maine Potato Lady

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Alison LaCourse, aka The Maine Potato Lady.
 
Located in Newport, Maine, The Maine Potato Lady offers a large variety of potatoes, garlic, sweet potato slips and assorted cover crop seeds in certified organic form. Check the complete selection.      

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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New Gardening Bit on Shortwave Radio
 
Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist, is doing a gardening bit on a local shortwave radio station with listeners worldwide. The show, The Next Chapter, is a recorded one-hour weekly program broadcast across the United States and parts of Europe on WBCQ, a shortwave station located in Monticello, Maine. The program airs every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on 7490 kHz and is streamed live on wbcq.com. The station does not archive the program, so podcasts (minus the opening and closing music) and transcripts are available at radioalexandria.net. During Eric's portion, aimed at gardeners and farmers in cold climates, he and the host of the show, Roland B. Hunt, discuss timely issues impacting vegetable growing. A recent discussion covered the impact of tilling soil in spring before it is ready. See if you can catch the show!  
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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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Grassland Farm, Skowhegan

Gathering of Maine's Young Farmers Alliance
May 10 - 5 p.m., Grassland Farm, Skowhegan
 
Introductions, farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool, email David Gulak, davidgulak@gmail.com. Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, Skowhegan.
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Photo by Martin Hauser, California Department of Food & Agriculture.

Organic Grower Survey on Spotted Wing Drosophila
 
Dr. Ashfaq Sial and Dr. Mary Rogers of the University of Georgia are soliciting organic grower input on the impacts of the spotted wing drosophila in nationwide fruit production. This 5-minute survey will help estimate the magnitude of damage from this pest and help direct applied, multi-state research aimed at improving management tactics for organic producers. Survey here.
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Comments Sought on Post Harvest Handling Guidance
 
The Federal Register has announced the public comment period for draft guidance on post harvest handling. This draft guidance helps organic certifiers, farms and businesses understand which substances may be used to wash, sort, cool and sort (or otherwise "handle") raw agricultural products post-harvest. Comments are due by June 24, 2014. Read the draft Post Harvest Handling Guidance and submit comments at regulations.gov.
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USDA Updating the National Farmers Market Directory
 
If you are part of a farmers' market, encourage your market manager to add or update your market listing in USDA's National Farmers Market Directory. The complete Directory will be released the first week of August. Market listings can be added and updated at www.usdadirectoryupdate.com.
 
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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: CJ 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 CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. CJ 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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Applications for Presenters, Entertainers and Exhibitors at the Common Ground Country Fair
 
MOFGA is now accepting applications for Presenters, Entertainers, and exhibitors in the Energy & Shelter, Environmental Concerns, and Maine Marketplace at the Common Ground Country Fair. Links to presenter, entertainer and exhibitor applications and guidelines for participation in the Fair are all available online at www.commongroundcountryfair.org. Look for the "Areas" link to find the application for each area.

Interested in giving a presentation at the Fair? Please submit your proposal online via our Presenter Application.

The application deadline for Presenters and Entertainment is May 15th. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Courtney at 568-4142 or commonground@mofga.org
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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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MOFGA's Fact Sheet on Zone Tillage
 
MOFGA has a new fact sheet on zone tillage, based on the method used at Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson's Goranson Farm in Dresden, Maine.
Download the Zone Tillage Fact Sheet

Link to other MOFGA Fact Sheets and Technical Bulletins

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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!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion - Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director.
Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. 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 3 - 3rd Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival: Local Food Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and downtown Farmington. Details on Facebook.

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

May 4 - Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter Celebration and Kick-Off. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come by the East Sangerville Grange to help celebrate the official start of the Maine Highlands MOFGA chapter. This is a free event and open to all - you do not have to be a MOFGA member to attend! We'll share potluck nibbles and snacks, ideas about possible chapter activities, and maybe some seeds if you've got some you'd like to swap. Bring your family, bring a friend! The ESG is located on East Sangerville Rd. For directions go to  www.grange.org/eastsangervilleme177/. Don't try to use your GPS or you'll end up in the woods!

May 8 - Women and Their Woods - Learn Woodland Management. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC), Jefferson, Maine. Thanks to a generous donation, the fee is reduced to $40, including lunch and materials. Scholarships are available. With support from Maine Farmland Trust, MOFGA, Maine Forest Service, CEI, Davis Conservation Foundation, and STIHL. FMI: http://hvnc.org or info@hvnc.org.

May 9-10 - Maine School Garden Days. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro. Two-day workshop. Geared toward K-12 educators who want to learn more about starting or keeping a thriving school garden. Details and registration.

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA Details on Facebook and on the website of Sunnywood Farm. Profile page on MOFGA.org.

May 10 - Gathering of Maine's Young Farmers Alliance. 5 p.m., Grassland Farm, Skowhegan. Introductions, farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool, email David Gulak, davidgulak@gmail.com. Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, Skowhegan.

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion - From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard. Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA's 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/

May 15 - eOrganic Webinar on Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms. 2 p.m. With Dr. Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University. Free but advance registration required.

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

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: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

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; www.portlandmuseum.org/

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 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 opening soon.

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
 
 
 

 

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