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JANUARY 6, 2013

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CELEBRATORY GATHERING IN MEMORY OF RUSSELL LIBBY

Join our celebratory gathering in Russell Libby's memory on Sunday, January 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity.
Russell served as our Executive Director from 1995 to 2012. He passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

Russell Libby Memorial Fund:
Give online or write a check payable to MOFGA with "Russell Libby Memorial Fund" in the memo line, and mail it to P.O. Box 170, Unity, ME 04988.

The Portrait of Russell Libby is by Robert Shetterly, from the Americans Who Tell The Truth collection. Copies may be purchased at the MOFGA Store.


MOFGA ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
1:30 p.m., Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room, Augusta Civic Center
Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of Board members. Q&A period.

MOFGA DAY THE AGRICULTURAL TRADES SHOW
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cumberland Room and Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room

Schedule
Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. MOFGA has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and Committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.
Cumberland Room
9:10 am - Organic Certification Information Session
10:10 am - Adventures in Marketing
11:10 am - Farming and Ergonomics
3:00 pm - Organic Sheep and Goat Production Producers Roundtable
Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room
9:10 am - Apples for the Home
10:10 am - Crop Rotation
11:10 am - Farm Labor: What You Need to Know
1:30 pm - MOFGA Annual Meeting
3:00 pm - Season Recap


Raffle For CSA Shares.
MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee is raffling a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share and a summer CSA share. Proceeds will support the Committee's solidarity efforts with two Salvadoran grassroots organizations working toward sustainable agriculture. Tickets are available for $5 each or six for $25 through MOFGA's Country Store at www.mofgastore.org. The drawing will happen during MOFGA's Annual Meeting at the Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta on January 8, 2013. More information.


OTHER TRADES SHOW PROGRAM NOTES

Full Schedule of the 2013 Agricultural Trades Show
Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Thursday, Jan. 10
Augusta Civic Center


New Law May Require Pesticide Applicator License

Maine fruit, vegetable and grain growers who sell edible produce to consumers or to processors to be made into products for human consumption may require a license for use of over-the-counter pest control products. To obtain a license, you must pass the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) "core exam." The BPC and University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a three-hour training session to help prepare growers for the exam on
Wednesday, January 9, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Exam candidates should review the Pesticide Education (Core) Manual, which is available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at http://umaine.edu/ipm/pesticide-safety/certification-manual-prices/ or call 1-800-287-0279 in Maine, 207-581-3880 outside Maine. Pre-registration for the exam is required. Call 207-287-2661 or email anne.bills@maine.gov to reserve a seat. The exam can be taken at the BPC office in Augusta (207-287-2731) or at County Cooperative Extension offices. Contact the BPC office to have the exam mailed to the Extension office, and then make arrangements with Extension for taking the exam. The license fee is $15.

Potential for Processing of Organic Poultry
Maine Poultry Growers Association
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
3:00 to 3:45 pm, York Room, Agricultural Trades Show
Diane Schivera, MOFGA's Organic Livestock Specialist, will present information regarding the demand for organic poultry processing.
Contact Diane for more information at the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142 email dianes@mofga.org.

We are grateful for the continuing support of the MOFGA Community! Forty-one years of organizing and educating among MOFGA's staff, volunteers, and a diverse base of constituents has resulted in widespread opportunities for buying fresh, local, organic produce year-round in Maine. Your financial support helps make this possible. You may send donations to MOFGA at PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988, or donate online. Thanks so much for any support you can give!

 

Mark Your Calendar

January 6 - Celebratory Gathering in Memory of Russell Libby. Sunday, 2 pm to 4 pm, Exhibition Hall, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Pot-luck refreshments served at 3 pm. Information: Call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

January 8 - MOFGA Membership Annual Meeting. At the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. 1:30 p.m. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of Board members. Q&A period. Also MOFGA Day at the Trades Show ­ a full day of presentations and workshops on organic production in Maine (Cumberland Room and Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room). Free. Schedule.

January 15 - Deadline to apply for MOFGA Journeyperson program. Information.

January 20 - Grower Meeting: Aroostook. Sunday, Northern Girl. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

January 26 - Empathy Workshop to Benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee.
(Snow date January 27) 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Peggy Smith, Nonviolent Communication trainer, is offering her Empathy Workshop as a fundraiser for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. Peggy will have just returned from Israel and Palestine, where she offered the same material on empathy as a source for our sustainability. An $85 value; please donate generously. Lunch provided. Registration information.

January 31 - Grower Meeting: Washington County. Thursday, Cobscook Bay Learning Center, Lubec. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

February 7 - Grower Meeting: Central Maine.
Thursday, Augusta or environs. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

March 1 to 3 - Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: a celebration of community supported agriculture and fisheries.
Locations statewide. Information here or contact melissa@mofga.org, 207-568-4142

March 21 and 28 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices, by Eric Sideman, with other farmers and agricultural services staff from MOFGA; for those wanting to learn the reasons behind organic practices (soil, pest and weed management), and how to decide the best practice in particular situations. Maine Audubon Society complex, Falmouth. Registration info and fees.


March 22-23 -2013 New England Meat Conference.
Graponne Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Registration will open in January. Information: Lori Walter - (603) 573-3306 or info@newenglandmeatconference.org

March 24 - Scionwood Exchange. Note that this is a date change.

Many other events relating to farming, gardening and food production are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.

 

Check out MOFGA's Online Country Store!

- Fair t-shirts, sweatshirts, night shirts, aprons, hats and posters
- A great selection of books
- Membership and donation forms
- Items for MOFGA-certified producers
- Sale items

MOFGA On YouTube!

Russell Libby's Keynote Address at the 2012 Farmer to Farmer Conference Time 37:27 - Posted 12/13/12

Where Have All The Bees Gone? Public Policy Teach-in Panel at the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair. Moderated by Sharon Tisher. Time 1:32:49 - Posted 09/22/12

Unraveling Consumerism - Keynote Speech by Shannon Hayes at the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair. Introduced by Russell Libby. Time 50:41 - Posted 09/22/12
 

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