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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

MAY 31, 2013

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We support LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock. Please take the time to reach out to your state representatives and senators. You can find their contact information here:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/townlist.htm

Sign the Petition - Tell Your Legislators

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to lobby for labeling of foods made with GMOs! If you couldn't make it but still want to show your support for labeling, you can sign this petition and the signatures will be delivered directly to your legislators. Constituent interest will be the deciding factor for many legislators, so please sign the petition and share it widely.
 
Phone Bank Volunteers Wanted!
Tuesday evening, June 4, in Unity
Volunteers are needed to help with phone banking to MOFGA members in key districts for LD 718, the GMO labeling bill. Volunteers will need to bring a cell phone. If interested, please email Jessie Dowling at
righttoknowgmo@mofga.org.

Thank you again for all the support that you are giving.

Read more.

Our GMO-Right to Know Resources page on mofga.org

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June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35.
Summer Orchard Care Workshop at David Buchanan's Cider Orchard in Pownal, Maine


Want to plant fruit trees, but you're not sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and you would like to learn about organic cultivation methods? If so, come to David Buchanan's cider orchard on June 29. Buchanan, author of Taste, Memory – Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter (Chelsea Green 2012), grows about 150 apple varieties, most on rented land, and sells potted fruit trees at the Portland Farmers' Market. On his land in Pownal, he plans to conserve old apple varieties and turn a barn into a commercial kitchen to process fruits.

At this workshop, C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, will present organic methods for growing tree fruit, including soil and nutrient requirements and insect and disease control. Ample time will be available for questions. Participants should bring a bag lunch and drink. This event is cosponsored by MOFGA and the Portland Resilience Hub. For more information, contact Emily Horton at events@mofga.org.


Registration details.


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.



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

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Farm Training Workshop at Village Farm in Freedom, on May 23rd.
MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops


These workshops are designed for and targeted to participants in MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program, but are free and open to anyone interested. They are intended to give apprentices and other young, beginning, and aspiring farmers the chance to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and socialize with peers.

The workshops follow an informal format. They generally begin in the late afternoon with a farm tour, followed by a presentation and demonstration on the topic of the day. Participants are then invited to stay for a potluck supper and discussion - bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share. 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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Mark Guzzi of Peacemeal Farm displays a flat of healthy seedlings.



Superb Workshops Draw Crowds


MOFGA has lots going on in summer - including several farm tours and workshops. Among this past week’s events, dozens of MOFGA apprentices and others learned important details about starting plants in a greenhouse from Mark Guzzi and Marcia Ferry at Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont, and a good crowd gathered at Goranson Farm in Dresden to learn about tillage techniques that conserve soil.

Check the calendar in this Bulletin (below) and at MOFGA.org for more opportunities to visit Maine’s organic farms - and check our Daytripping listing in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener for more farms and gardens to visit.

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 Joe Dupere

Joe Dupere Our New Database Manager


MOFGA is thrilled that Joe Dupere will be our database manager as of June 3. Joe has been MOFGA's landscape coordinator for the past couple of years. Before that he worked as tax preparer, and as a computer programmer/computing specialist at the University of Maine.



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Paul and Karen Volckhausen at Happy Town Farm
Know Your Farmers

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmers Karen and Paul Volckhausen of Happy Town Farm in Orland. They grow organic vegetables, cut flowers, maple syrup, lamb, wool, eggs and Thanksgiving turkeys, which they sell through their Community Supported Agriculture business, at the Ellsworth Farmers' Market, at natural food stores, on the farm, to restaurants and by trade or barter. Paul and Karen are also active in the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee, and Paul is on MOFGA's Agricultural Services Committee. He is also a long-time, hard-working parking coordinator for the Common Ground Country Fair. Contact the Volckhausens at happytownfarm@escrap.com or through MOFGA.net.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGA.net

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2013 Organic Maine! Directory

Your all-organic guide to buying local foods in Maine!

The 2013 edition of MOFGA's Organic Maine! is now available at natural food stores, farms and other outlets! If you
would like to help distribute copies please email your request to mofga@mofga.org or call 207-568-4142.


 


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

May 31 - Free Class: Preserving Vegetables.
7 p.m., First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland. Reba Richardson of MOFGA-certified Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren will teach a free class on preserving vegetables, focusing on freezing, dehydrating and fermenting. FMI: info@hatchetcovefarm.com, 273-3044, or hatchetcovefarm.com.

June 1 - Sagadahoc MOFGA: Planting the Community Garden in Bath. Saturday, 10 a.m., the Anchorage and the Moorings, Bath Housing, 80 Congress Ave. Organized by Judy Schuppien. Followed by pizza and good times at The Cabin. There will be a weekly volunteer sign-up sheet for follow-up maintenance of the garden. For information, contact Sally Fesler: fesler11@gmail.com.


June 1 to 2 - Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor.
www.fiberfrolic.com/

June 3 - Public meeting conducted by Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE-RPB) on regional ocean planning goals. 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ellsworth Public Library, Riverview Room, 20 State Street, Ellsworth, Me. Regional ocean planning includes consideration of offshore domestic aquaculture operations that may use GMO corn or soybean products as fish feed. Information.

June 4 - Public meeting conducted by Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE-RPB) on regional ocean planning goals.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library, Friends Community Room, 80 Union Street, Rockland, Me. Regional ocean planning includes consideration of offshore domestic aquaculture operations that may use GMO corn or soybean products as fish feed. Information.

June 4 - Slide Talk: "Climate Reality: Connecting the dots between extreme weather and global warming."
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Camden Public Library. Presented by environmental lawyer and MOFGA public policy committee member Sharon Tisher, who was recently trained by Al Gore to give the current version of his Nobel Prize-winning slide show on climate change. Through remarkable photographs, instructional animations and film, the show explores the connections between global warming and extreme weather events.
Details.

June 8 - NOFA-New Hampshire's Spring Herb & Garden Day.
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, McLane Audubon Center, Concord, N.H. 12 workshops including herbal product making, brewing herbal beer, organic heirloom gardening, permaculture for beginners, marketing, an All-Day Herbal Intensive, foraging walks and more! Registration.

Farm & Homestead Day - June 15
Come! Learn! Volunteer!
Bring the Family!
It's Free - and Valuable!

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a revival of Small Farm Field Day, is a free, volunteer-driven event offering a wide variety of hands-on and interactive sessions on useful skills for new and old homesteaders and farmers. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Bring your family and friends! More Information.

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une 15 - FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers at MOFGA. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unity. Presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. $20.00 per farm. Register online or download the registration form (PDF) and mail it in with a check for $20.00 made payable to "University of Maine Cooperative Extension" at least one week in advance of the workshop to: FAMACHA Workshop/UMaine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. Website.

June 19 - 2013 Poultry Processing Workshop.
Wednesday, 9 am to 12 noon. MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Full - Waiting List Only. Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist, and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals will lead a workshop about how to process poultry. Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142; mofga@mofga.org.

June 29 - Summer Orchard Care Workshop.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., David Buchanan's Cider Orchard in Pownal, Maine.  C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, will present organic methods for growing tree fruit, including soil and nutrient requirements and insect and disease control. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and the Portland Resilience Hub. For more information, contact Emily Horton at events@mofga.org. $35. Registration.

June 29 and 30 - Maple Meadow Farm Festival.
Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 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 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 hvnc.org, or contact Andy at andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840. The workshop is co-sponsored by Oak Grove School Foundation, MOFGA, Hancock Lumber, and Wood-Mizer.

July 25 and 26 - 2013 Kneading Conference and 5th Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan, Maine.
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.

Low Impact Forestry Level II, 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.

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

 

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