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 The MOFGA Calendar

September 2015

  • 3 - Fermentation Fundamentals with chef Frank Giglio. 6-8 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free presentation with chef Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm in Thorndike. Learn how you can apply an array of fermentation techniques to preserve and nutritionally enhance everything from garden vegetables to honey and even Maine grains. Giglio will be a featured speaker at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op.
  • 5 - Introduction to Permaculture. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle, Maine. With Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design, cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature; and about the history, principles and benefits of permaculture design. $50; lunch included. Early registration recommended; scholarships available. Details.
  • 8 - Wild Mushrooms: Foraging for Maine's Best Functional Food. 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free presentation with mycologist and author Greg Marley, who will introduce the best edible and medicinal mushrooms in the fall woods of Maine. Guidelines will be presented on ways to learn mushrooms, and recommendations for finding and using edible and medicinal mushrooms will be reviewed. Sponsored by the library and Belfast Co-op.
  • 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Hope's Edge Farm, Hope. Details.
  • 10 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Hills to Sea Trail Building Day. Meet at 1 p.m., Freedom General Store. Please bring a hand saw and/or loppers. Information.
  • 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity. The Fair is MOFGA's premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. To volunteer, contact volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 30 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. Help MOFGA clean up after the Fair and help John Bunker in the Maine Heritage Orchard. Come as early as you can. Potluck at 6 p.m. in the MOFGA library. FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

October 2015

  • TBD - Fair Steering Committee Joint Meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 1-2 – Organic Dairy: Preparing for the Next Generation. Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Assoc. 15th Annual NODPA Field Days, Pavilion, N.Y. Information.
  • 2-4 - Savor the Season – A Weekend of Food Preservation at Blueberry Cove Camp, Tenants Harbor. A fundraiser for the camp sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension, $325 includes programs, meals and rustic "summer camp" accommodations. Information: 207-781-6099 or UMaine Extension.
  • 3 - Processing Acorns into Flour. Saturday 10am to 3pm Koviashuvik Local Living School. Temple, ME. $35 Information: Koviashuvik: Processing Acorns into Flour
  • 10 and 11 - Pack-basket Weaving Weekend. 9am Saturday to mid-afternoon Sunday. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $275, all meals provided. Information: Koviashuvik: Pack-basket Weaving Weekend
  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Information.
  • 16 - 4th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Kennebec Valley Community College. Details and registration.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 25 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MOFGA library. The afternoon session will be a joint meeting of the Board and the Fair Steering Committee.
  • 26-29 - USDA National Organic Standards Board meets in Stowe, Vermont, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2017, and guidance on organic policies. Details.
  • 28 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. 6 p.m. Richard Frost of Frost Family Farm in Liberty will speak on "Working with willow – how to grow it, market it, build with it." FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

November 2015

  • 6-8 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Friday through Sunday, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, Maine. MOFGA’s annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn’t while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers and others.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Fundraising Committee. 10:00 a.m. to noon in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Finance Committee. Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13-14: NESAWG'S It Takes A Region Conference: Putting MOVE in the Movement! Pre-Conference Sessions: Thurs., Nov. 12; Conference: Fri. and Sat., November 13-14. Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Keynote speaker: Shirley Sherrod, civil rights activist and advocate for food justice and independent family farmers. Hosted by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Information: nesawg.org
  • 14-15 - Maine Harvest Festival. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Renowned Maine chefs, over 49,000 square feet filled with State of Maine growers and their harvest, bakers, cheese makers, vintners, brewers and fiber artisans with demonstrations, sampling, sales, music and more. Admission $8/person; children 12 and under free. Buy tickets at the Cross Insurance Center box office and at the door on the days of the festival. Additional charges for beer, wine & spirits tasting. Visit MOFGA's table! Information.
  • 14-15 - The Business of Farming for Wholesale: A Two-Day Intensive Workshop. Saturday and Sunday, Black Bear Inn, Orono. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust. For experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets. Available tuition-free to farmers who participated in this spring's Harvesting Maine's New Wholesale Opportunities. Other farms may apply to participate. Contact: Jed Beach at beach.jed@gmail.com.
  • 19-22 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. More information.
  • 20-21 - Chainsaw and Forestry Safety Courses, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety, and safe felling techniques. Level II is for the saw operators with experience who want to practice and improve their technique. More information.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.
  • 6 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 8 - QuickBooks Training presented by Farm Credit East. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $450 per farm (up to 2 people may attend per session). Bring your own bag lunch. Details.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

January 2016

  • 16 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference. Worcester, Mass.
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