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October 13


to Benefit MOFGA!

2nd Annual
Fore Street Restaurant/
Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner


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Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmer Tom Harms, who, with Amy Sprague, owns Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred, Maine. Tom and Amy raise vegetables, herbs and strawberries on their 50-acre farm for their CSA. They also work with a collection of regional farms to supply food for winter vegetable, winter meat, summer meat and pantry shares. Wolf Pine Farm on Facebook.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGA.net
Tom Harms of Wolf Pine Farm  

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2013 Interactive Common Ground Country Fair Schedule Online

Read our colorful online schedule of presentations for all three days of the Common Ground Country Fair. Pop-up descriptions show speakers and full titles of each presentation along with notes about the presentation. Create your own schedule and share it with others using email or social media. Create a profile to join the list of attendees. Fun! Read the schedule.

Did you know that the fruits of the Common Ground Country Fair Exhibition Hall include more than fruits? In addition to vegetables, herbs, flowers, crafts and other types of entries, the Exhibition Hall displays graphic arts, including collage, drawings, paintings, photography and more. Entry rules.

Volunteer for the 2013 Fair

Here at MOFGA, we depend on all our volunteers to make each Fair a success. It's easy to register for a volunteer shift using our online system. To register or retrieve your password please visit: http://www.VolunteerMatters.com/login/mofga. Or, if you'd like to learn more about volunteering at the Fair, just visit our webpage on MOFGA.org for more information. Please contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at alibby@mofga.org with any questions you may have. We'll see you at the Fair!

Advance Tickets for the Fair Are on Sale Now

Advance tickets for the Common Ground Country Fair are on sale now! List of outlets. Advance tickets cost the same as tickets at the gate but enable fairgoers to enter the Fair without waiting in line. The Fair is MOFGA's premier event of each year - and you don't need to buy a ticket if you're a MOFGA member. Members get free admission to all three days of the Fair - September 20, 21 and 22 this year. In addition, MOFGA members receive a quarterly newspaper on organic farming and gardening, discounts on training sessions and the satisfaction of being part of a community that is passionate about healthy, locally grown food and sustainable landscapes. Please join MOFGA today. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

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Constructing terraces at the new heritage orchard site, formerly a gravel pit.

MOFGA's New Heritage Orchard

MOFGA is creating a ten-acre heritage orchard in Unity to preserve and protect Maine's traditional apples and pears. The orchard, which will be unlike any other in Maine, will include over 500 specimens from every county in the state. Prep work for the orchard began this summer; the first hundred varieties will be planted in April 2014. See photos of the work in progress.

To get involved, stay tuned to MOFGA.org, come visit the orchard or come to the Common Ground Country Fair and attend one of John Bunker's talks. He'll be speaking about the new orchard all three days.

Details about Maine's heritage apple varieties.

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Farm Training Project workshop: "Dairy and Diversification," on Wednesday, September 11, at 5 p.m. at Two Loons Farm and The Milkhouse in China, Maine. Dairy farming accounts for over half of organic agriculture in Maine. Join long-time organic farmers Paige Tyson and Spencer Aitel at Two Loons Farm to see how they manage logistics and systems for the many components of their operation. Newly part of the farm operation is The Milkhouse, a creamery and diversified vegetable and livestock operation including ducks and pigs. The Milkhouse is run by former MOFGA journeypersons Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith. These four farmers collaborate to reap the benefits of dairying in Maine.

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Sign up for MOFGA's Fall Events!

Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Low Impact Forestry, Level II Draft Animal Logging
October 18, 19, 20, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Prerequisite: LIF Level I
  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Saturday, November 2 to Monday, November 4
Point Lookout Resort, Northport
  Chainsaw Safety Course - Level I
November 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
  Kitchen Licensing Workshop
December 4, Wednesday
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen

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We've been watching the Johnny's Selected Seeds demonstration garden grow at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, in preparation for the Common Ground Country Fair.

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The Organic Sprout Late Summer edition is out!

This issue is filled with great content focusing on livestock and includes articles on parasite control, sprouted grain systems, organic kelp and the growing number of MOFGA certified producers, plus much more. You can read it now right here (PDF).

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Mainers Urged to Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides

This October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable. This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Registration by September 27, 2013, is mandatory - drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at thinkfirstspraylast.org, or call 207-287-2731.

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on all 2012 GARLIC SCAPES design merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, tote bags, posters and more.

Each order of $25 or more will receive a FREE copy of the popular book on the history of our organization -
Fertile Ground: Celebrating 40 Years of MOFGA.

Buy at the MOFGA Store.

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Call for Volunteers!

MOFGA could use a hand with various landscaping projects starting now, and especially beginning Friday and up to the Fair. Anyone interested should contact Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby - alibby@mofga.org. Or register for a set-up shift on our online registration system.

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How to Move Like a Gardener

How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. By Deb Soule. Now available from MOFGA. 256 informative pages with over 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena Botanicals' garden. This book embodies Deb's deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants she has worked with for almost 40 years. $33.00. Buy at the MOFGA Store.


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.

NOFA Vermont Summer Workshops - Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, a gardener or homesteader, or just want to deepen your connection to local farms, NOFA Vermont's workshop series has something for you. Workshops are held every few days at locations throughout Vermont.

September 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

September 6-7 - Maine Fare, A Celebration of Maine Food and Farming, Belfast.

Cheryl Wixson
Cheryl Wixson

Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By
Join MOFGA's Cheryl Wixson in preserving the harvest from MOFGA's gardens. Volunteers will work with Cheryl in the kitchen to preserve food for use at the Common Ground Country Fair and throughout the year. The next workday is on September 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Kitchen in Unity, ME. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org.

September 11 - Four Season Forward - Producing Year-Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels and Quickhoops, with Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting. Littleton, Maine. Potluck. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. Information.

September 11 - Dairy & Diversification (MOFGA Farm Training Project).
Wednesday, 5 p.m., Two Loons Farm and The Milkhouse. Details.

Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Explore the Depth and Breadth of Sustainable Forestry at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.
Real-life forestry practitioners will introduce you to the theory, practice, economics, ecology and legal aspects of sustainable forestry. Co-sponsored by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. $80 members of CMBG and HVNC; $95 non-members. FMI: hvnc.org, codey@hvnc.org or 200-8840.

September 20, 21 & 22 - MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

September 25-27 - 2013 Farm Viability Conference, Middlebury, Vt. Details.

Sept. 26-27 - Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Annual Field Days program, Organic Dairy: Innovative Strategies to Stay Profitable.
Mansfield, Penn. Information.

September 28 - 2nd Annual Goat and Sheep Sale.
7 a.m. check-in, 1:00 p.m. sale. Somerset Auction Co., 174 Skowhegan Rd., Fairfield. Sponsored by the Boer Goat Breeders of Maine. Information: Nate Philbrick 207-557-5180 or Angie Philbrick 207-462-3361.

September 28 - First Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tour will showcase an array of backyard chicken coops that display a variety of construction designs and materials, from recycled to custom designed coops. The tour is for anyone planning to start their own backyard flock, and/or curious about why keeping backyard chickens is so popular. It is free to attend and open to the public. Locations will be posted on the tour's Facebook page and Delicious Musings. For more information please email kitchens.sharon@gmail.com.

Dandelion Spring Farm
October 13 - MOFGA Fundraiser: Fine Dining - Down on the Farm. 2nd Annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner.
Sunday, 2:00 farm tour, 3:00 dinner seating. Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, Maine. The chefs from Fore Street Restaurant, Portland's finest, will prepare a five-course meal with paired drinks from food grown exclusively on Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm in Newcastle. Fare will include lamb, pork, dairy and vegetables. All proceeds will be donated to MOFGA in honor of Russell Libby. Seating limited to 100, by reservation only. Tickets: $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased at www.mofga.org or by calling 207-568-4142.

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

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. Early-bird registration closes on Sept. 30.

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.

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


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