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Bulletin Board

OCTOBER 18, 2013

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Thanks to Orchard Workers!

More than 30 volunteers came to MOFGA recently to help John Bunker and others prepare planting areas for the Maine Heritage Orchard.They placed compost and soil amendments at each future planting site, rolled out hay mulch, staked each site and then enjoyed a lunch prepared in the MOFGA kitchen. Thanks, volunteers! And John Bunker, C.J. Walke and Jack Kertesz.

Here's the recipe for soil amendments:
2 wheelbarrows of compost
2 qts. rock phosphate
2 qts. granular azomite
2 qts. greensand
1-1/2 qts. menafee humates
1 qt. blood meal
1 qt. kelp
3/4 qt. bone char

Standard size trees will be planted in the prepared areas next spring.

More about the Maine Heritage Orchard.

Support the orchard by buying our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar at the MOFGA Country Store.
Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by Portland photographer Russell French. $15.

You can also support our Maine Heritage Orchard by buying a full-color poster painted by John Bunker depicting seven heirloom apples. 22.5" x 15.5" - $10. Buy at the MOFGA Store.

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Ian Jerolmack and Emily Goodchild of Stonecipher Farm in Bowdoinham.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmers Ian Jerolmack and Emily Goodchild, who raise vegetables and eggs at Stonecipher Farm in Bowdoinham. They sell at the Wednesday and Saturday Portland Farmers' Markets, at the Common Ground Country Fair Farmers' Market, to 35 Portland restaurants, Northern Girl, Crown O' Maine Organic Coop, Whole Foods Market, Aurora Provisions and Rosemont markets in Portland.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGA.net

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Nose-to-Tail Pork Processing Workshop a Success

About 20 people came to MOFGA's Nose-to-Tail Pork Processing Workshop last weekend. This hands-on workshop demonstrated how to get the most and the best out of an organic, pasture-raised pig, from slaughter to sausage. The meat obtained from the workshop will be used at MOFGA events. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Rules - Comments Due to FDA by Nov. 15

The FDA's proposed food safety rules could require weekly tests for irrigation water, may forbid rotating animals onto land used for vegetable production, and may classify farms that source other local produce to bolster their CSA shares as "facilities" - with prohibitively expensive food safety requirements. The National Young Farmers Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (to which MOFGA belongs) are organizing letter-writing campaigns about the issue. Details from Young Farmers and MOFGA.

In Belfast, MOFGA member Ron Chandler (CIFAEinc@gmail.com or 352-215-8400) is holding a letter-writing event - with snacks! - on Friday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 109 Northport Ave., #1. Please bring a beverage, if possible (not required).

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Successful Fundraisers

MOFGA held two successful fundraisers recently: its second annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner and a get-together at the home of board member Sam May and his wife, Elizabeth. Thanks to everyone who supported these events!

Thanks to the chefs and farmers who made the second annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm dinner a success. From left to right: Brant Dadaleares, Fore Street's brilliant pastry chef; Will Gottshalk, line cook; Nathan Nadeau, chef de cuisine; Sam Hayward, chef and partner at Fore Street Restaurant in Portland; MOFGA certified organic farmers Beth Schiller and Lee Straw; not pictured, Cameron Fernald, line cook. Heather Spalding, MOFGA's deputy director, welcomes our new executive director, Ted Quaday, at a MOFGA fundraiser held at the home of Sam and Elizabeth May in Portland recently.

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This summer Isabel Stearns spent two weeks volunteering on Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. During that time she also photographed farm apprentices in the Penobscot Bay area "to capture the incredible work the young individuals have chosen to do, as well as gain a better understanding as to why they are pursuing the farm life." Isabel created a blog, ifarmbecause.weebly.com/, to highlight those people - many of them MOFGA apprentices. Shown here, Joseph at Horsepower Farm.

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2013 Common Ground Country Fair T-shirts Available at the MOFGA Country Store!

Adult sizes come in four colors: grey; plum; steel blue and turquoise. This year's design features a team of oxen; artwork by MOFGA's own Grace Keown. Short sleeve $22; Women's cut $24; Long sleeve $26. Made of 100% organic cotton and printed at Liberty Graphics in Liberty, Maine. Details.

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Atina Diffley

Great Maine Apple Day
Sunday, October 27
Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity
$4 non-members; $2 members

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture!

Sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Details.

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Sign-Up for MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Saturday, November 2 to Monday, November 4
Point Lookout Resort, Northport

Unique three-hour workshop session format: one half dedicated to talks by agricultural service professionals and farmers, the other half to round table discussions to solicit the accumulated knowledge of farmers in attendance.

Saturday Farm Tours to Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle, and Straw Farm & Dandelion Spring Farm, Newcastle

22 workshop sessions - sign up for the full conference or participate in workshop sessions a la carte!

Accommodations at the beautiful Point Lookout Resort in Northport.

Keynote Address: Creating Change Through Relationships, by Atina Diffley, Organic Farming Works, Farmington, Minn. - Organic farmer, consultant, activist, and author of Turn Here Sweet Corn
Available at the MOFGA Country Store

Conference information and registration details.

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CSA Raffle to Benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee

The MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee, which partners with Salvadoran organizations similar to MOFGA, is raffling two CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, with winners to be drawn at a MOFGA CSA Fair in early March.

Details and tickets at the MOFGA Country Store.

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MOFGA Forestry and Chainsaw Safety Events
Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  Chainsaw Safety Course - Level I
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
Full - Wait list only

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Peggy Smith
Dec. 7 & 8 - From Conflict to Connection: Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication

Fundraiser for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee
Learn to improve your relationship with yourself, your family, co-workers or community, with certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer Peggy Smith. In this workshop, you will gain skills for using daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately - building trust in a multi-sensory learning experience that fosters safety, depth and fun. This event has a value of $140; as a fundraiser for MOFGA and two other environmental organizations, it is offered to the public by donation. Information and registration.

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Free Safety Decals

To promote workplace safety, the Maine AgrAbility Program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One, developed a brightly colored decal to be applied to tractor fenders, dashboards and windshields. The decal reminds operators to work safely.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension's AgrAbility Program will give as many as five free safety stickers to each farm in Maine. To order, contact Maine AgrAbility Coordinator Lani Carlson at maine.agrability@maine.edu or 207-944-1533.

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Astrid Krueger Hayward


Congratulations to Aktan Askin and Erin McWalters on the birth of their son, Sami Can Askin, in September. Aktan is MOFGA's landscape coordinator.

And congratulations to two of our board members - Sam Hayward and John Krueger - on the birth of their granddaughter. Sam's son, Huston, and John's daughter, Tracy, have a new baby - Astrid Krueger Hayward.


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

NOFA-New Hampshire Summer Series - A wide range of topics at workshops held throughout New Hampshire during the fall.

October 19 - Sagadahoc MOFGA: Cider pressing and tour of Big Barn Coffee, a MOFGA Certified Organic coffee roastery. Saturday, 3 p.m., at the home of Dan and Claudia Sortwell in Wiscasset. Cider pressing starts at 3 p.m. Potluck at sundown. For information, contact Sally Fesler: fesler11@gmail.com.

October 25 - Kennebec Region Farming Open House & Forum. Open House 5 p.m.; Forum 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Winslow VFW, Veteran Drive, Winslow. Hosted by Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). Speakers: John Piotti of MFT and a panel of local farmers. Information: Michael Heavener, Winslow Town Manager, 207-872-2776 ext 5210; mheavener@winslow-me.gov or Stacy Benjamin, MFT Municipal Outreach Contractor, 207-342-2929; sbenjamin@mainefarmlandtrust.org. Free, open to the public.

October 27 - Great Maine Apple Day
Common Ground Education Center, Unity. 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples! Details.

November 2 - Chainsaw Safety Level II. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Program. Registration and details available online at http://HVNC.org.

November 2 to 4 - MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Saturday to Monday, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, Maine.

November 14 - 4th Annual Slow Money Maine Day-Long Gathering.
8:30 to 4:30, Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Details.

November 14 to 17 - MOFGA Low-Impact Forestry Workshops.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For beginners and experienced people. Sustainable woodlot management, logging with animals and low-impact machinery. Details and registration.

November 14-16 - Soils Conference with Arden Andersen in Bangor: "Grow the Food the World Wants" - How Farmers Farm Determines How the Rest of the World Lives.
Dr. Arden Andersen will present the latest on nutrient-dense biological agriculture and how healthy soils make economic and environmental sense, at Heart of Maine's Annual Soils Conference in Bangor. MOFGA is cosponsoring this event. Information: www.heartofmaine.org, info@heartofmaine.org, 207-200-3603.

November 15 to 16 - MOFGA Chainsaw and Forestry Safety. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I: two days on basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety; opportunity to learn and practice safe felling. Full: Wait list only.

November 16 and 17 - City of Bangor's Maine Harvest Festival.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Includes sampling and the chance to purchase from more than 125 Maine farmers and producers, hourly cooking demonstrations with Maine chefs and celebrities, sampling from Maine wineries, breweries and distilleries, live music from Maine musicians, and a presentation on Maine barns by author and builder, Don Perkins. Visit the MOFGA booth at the Festival! Website.

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Farmers and Landowners.
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program, administered through Volunteers of America Northern New England, and co-sponsored by MOFGA, Land for Good and Maine Farmland Trust. Understand the negotiation process and techniques and skills to build a stronger negotiation base. Registration is limited and will close November 13. Registration.

December 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen. Details. Full: Wait list only.

December 7 & 8 - From Conflict to Connection: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication.
With certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer Peggy Smith. This event has a value of $140; as a fundraiser for MOFGA and two other environmental organizations, it is offered to the public by donation. Information and registration (PDF).

December 17, 18, and 19 - New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference, Manchester, N.H. Website.

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


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