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 The MOFGA Calendar

Weekly: MOFGA’s Farm Training Project Workshops in locations around Maine. Apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network. Schedule.

August 2015

  • 3 - Orchard Maintenance. 4:00 to 5:45 p.m., Blue Hill Library. Presented by MOFGA’s organic orchardist, C.J. Walke. FMI: Beth, Blue Hill Co-op (sponsor), 374-2165
  • 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Horsepower Farm, Penobscot. Details.
  • 6-7 - Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Soil Health Summer Conference. Centre Hall, Penn. Details and registration.
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Radio on WERU (10 to 11 a.m., 89.9 and 99.9 FM). C.J. Walke will talk about growing rice with Ben Rooney of Wild Folk Farm in Benton and Laura Hill of the University of Vermont.
  • 7 to 9, Aug 14 to 16, August 21 to 23 - Family Sustainability-Stay: An Educational Vacation for All Ages. 10:30 a.m. Friday to Sunday afternoon. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $800 per family all meals and snacks included. Information: Koviashuvik Family Sustainability Stay
  • 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information and registration.
  • 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families. Regional School Unit (RSU) 1 L.O.C.A.L. Garden in Bath. Offered by Sagadahoc Chapter of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). Space is limited so RSVP by email to: joe.kim.sean@gmail.com. For more information, visit KELT at www.kennebecestuary.org or contact Sue West at swest@chewonki.org.
  • 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer. Monday, 5 p.m., Broadturn Farm, Scarborough. Details.
  • 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Two Coves Farm, Harpswell. Details.
  • 13 - Meeting of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14-16 - 41st NOFA Summer Conference – "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." UMass, Amherst, Mass. Early bird deadline ends Friday, July 17. Workshops, youth conferences, pre-conference seminars, music, dance, fair and games. Keynotes by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and Ronnie Cummins. Details and registration.
  • 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Tender Soles Farm, Richmond. Details.
  • 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest: Hands-On Food Preservation. Tuesday, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Lisbon Falls. $10 fee. Details.
  • 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Johnny’s Research Farm, Albion. Details.
  • 27 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control Public Hearing. 6 p.m., University of Maine at Machias. Details.
  • 28 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control Meeting. 8:30 a.m., University of Maine at Machias. Details.

September 2015

  • 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Khadighar Farm, Industry. Details.
  • 1-2 - CROPP Cooperative 2015 Regional Agronomy School, Bangor. A unique opportunity for farmers to learn how to balance farm profitability, forage quality and soil fertility in a hands-on two-day workshop. Topics include integrating soil and forage testing, balancing soils, measuring returns, targeting farm weak spots and sourcing organic amendments. Speakers include renowned farmer Jack Lazor, University of Vermont Extension agronomist Heather Darby and CROPP agronomist Mark Kopecky. Information.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, lodging and meals. Details.
  • 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. Registration opens June 15.
  • 16 - 4th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

 


    

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