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New Journeypeople, Farmers-in-Residence

MOFGA's Farm Training Project: 2008 On-Farm Workshop Series


The Toughcats
The Toughcats, an animated young band from North Haven and nominee for the Portland Phoenix “Best Roots Act,” brought its vibrant, unique, highly entertaining music – and lots of fans – to the MOFGA-El Salvador Empty Bowl Supper. Thanks, Toughcats!

Thanks to Empty Bowl Donors
Sagadahoc County MOFGA Chapter Makes Many Donations
MOFGA Certification Services LLC Welcomes Donna Doel
Ann Haskell Leaving MOFGA

Thanks to Empty Bowl Donors
MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee held its annual Empty Bowl supper, a major fundraiser for the group, in April.  Thanks so much to the following, who donated food, pottery, music, time and place to make this the most successful Empty Bowl supper the committee has had:
Soup: Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro, Ellsworth
Food: Belfast Co-op Store, Belfast
Music: The Toughcats, North Haven (toughcats.com)
Site: Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast
Set-up and clean-up: Susan Pierce
Bowls:

  • Arrowsic Island Pottery LLC, Robert and Virginia Santerre, 344 Old Stage Rd., Arrowsic ME 04530; 443-5858; aipots@gwi.net; www.arrowsicislandpottery.com
  • Chris Breedlove, Honey Bee Pottery, Hull Quarry, Mt. Desert
  • Fireside Pottery, Nancy Button, 1478 Camden Rd. (Rt. 90), Warren ME 04864; 273-3767
  • Hallowell Clay Works, Malley Weber, 100 Water St., Hallowell ME 04347; 626-7687; hallowellclayworks.com
  • Hog Bay Pottery, Charles Grosjean, 245 Hog Bay Rd., Franklin ME 04634; 565-2282; hogbay@acadia.net
  • Home, Inc., Orland; homecoop.net
  • Monica Leap, Winter Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, 19 Brick Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME  04553; 882.6075; watershedceramics.org; info@watershedceramics.org monicaleap@gmail.com
  • Melody Lewis-Kane, Clayforms Pottery, 189 Rope Ferry Rd., Sedgwick ME 04676; 359-2320; clayformspottery.com
  • Loken Pottery, 26 Bowman St., Farmingdale ME 04344; 582-1387
  • Monroe Salt Works, PO Box 820, 76 Bartlett Hill Rd., Monroe ME 04951;  (888) 472-5895; monroesaltworks.com
  • Prescott Hill Pottery, Betsy Levine, 261 Prescott Hill Rd., Liberty ME 04949; 589-3399; betsy@elementalpotter.com
  • Proper Clay Stoneware, Susan Dickson-Smith, Rt. 186, Gouldsboro ME 04607; 963-2040; properclay.com
  • Keith M. Tenney, 438 S. Gouldsboro Rd., Gouldsboro ME  04607; 963-2208
  • Mary Trotochaud, 103 Northport Rd., Belmont ME 04952; 342-2251; mtrotochaud@earthlink.net
  • Unity Pond Pottery, Robert and Wendy Esposito, PO Box 33, Unity ME 04988; 948-2400; upp@unineets.net; unitypondpottery.com


Sagadahoc County MOFGA Chapter Makes Many Donations
The Sagadahoc Chapter of MOFGA has been busy making a variety of donations to MOFGA. Members have coordinated with the vocational classes of Mario Pascarelli in the Lewiston school system to construct picnic tables for the Common Ground Education Center. In the past couple of years they also built some great benches
for the Fair that do not tilt easily. Their most recent benches include remembrance plaques dedicated to past MOFGA members.

Their biggest donation this year was an energy- and water-efficient, front-loading clothes washer for MOFGA’s main building. These front-loading machines also seem to clean better, with less damage to fabric. The extra-fast spin cycle will reduce air-drying time.

The washer will improve the supply of clean towels, table linens and cloth napkins needed for all the great food workshops offered in MOFGA’s Common Kitchen.

Thank you Sagadahoc Chapter!



MOFGA Certification Services LLC Welcomes Donna Doel

Donna Doel started work as associate director of livestock for MOFGA Certification Services LLC in March. She will develop MCS's program for livestock certification, improve compliance follow-up, and will get to know MOFGA-certified dairy farmers through the inspection process this year. 

Doel brings a great deal of technical and practical agricultural experience to the job. Originally from Maine, she worked for nearly 15 years in dairy farming and cheese making throughout the United States and in Ireland, and was owner/operator of a successful goat cheese enterprise, "Doeling Dairy,” in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Before getting into the dairy business, Doel was a technical specialist for the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) program, and for five years worked with Extension specialists, government officials and other cooperators on topics such as sustainable dairy production, manure management, soil nutrient management and agronomic crop production. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in plant and soil sciences from the University of Maine, Orono, and has spent the past couple of years working for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Presque Isle. Trained by the Independent Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA), Doel has been inspecting for MCS since 2004.  Doel’s email address is doel@mofga.org.



Ann Haskell Leaving MOFGA
In mid-May, MOFGA’s office manager, Ann Haskell, moved on to a new chapter in her life. After three years of coordinating administrative activities in our headquarters in Unity, Haskell accepted a seasonal position at Lily Bay State Park where her husband, Andy, is park manager. Haskell is excited about spending summers working on Moosehead Lake and having a schedule that is compatible with Andy's. The Haskells will spend their winters in Arizona, where they have a small home on the edge of the Apache National Forest--where the deer and the elk roam! We wish Haskell all the best in her new adventures and will miss her smiling face around the office. Thanks for everything Ann and keep in touch!



MOFGA’s Landscape Committee Seeks Volunteers
Dig in and get things done!
The landscape committee and C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s landscape coordinator, would love to work alongside volunteers to help tend MOFGA’s perennial gardens, maintain the orchards, and help with demonstration vegetable gardens.  We will have volunteer workdays on the first Sunday of each month through the growing season (May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5). Walke has a list of diverse, fun and educational projects that he’d like to accomplish, but he needs your help. If interested, please contact Walke at 207-568-4142 or cjwalke@mofga.org.

Volunteers Needed to Build Livestock Barn
The Livestock Area of the Common Ground Country Fair needs an additional livestock barn. We are planning on several volunteer weekends throughout July and August to get this barn completed. We need volunteers who can help when the weather cooperates. If you are interested, please email Vernon LeCount (vernon@mofga.org), noting your weekend availability and skills that you have or would like to learn. This is a good opportunity to learn how to build a pole barn using some elements of standard post and beam construction.

We plan to construct this barn using local materials, except for fasteners and the steel roofing. The majority of the wood is from trees recently harvested on MOFGA grounds.  Some of the construction involves working on ladders.  Lunch will be provided.



Dedicate a Shade Tree to Someone You Love
MOFGA’s Landscape Committee works hard to keep all our Living Collections thriving! Imagine how the grounds will look once our shade trees are well established and growing strong!!

To help raise money to support our landscape efforts, MOFGA has a Dedicated Tree Program. For a donation of $500, you can dedicate a tree already planted on the grounds to a loved one. MOFGA will place a handcrafted granite plaque with a personal message for the honoree next to the tree. If you would like to dedicate a tree or need more information, please contact C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s landscape coordinator, at 207-568-4142 or cjwalke@mofga.org.



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