Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Most of the events are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA but other events are listed as well.

Visit the MOFGA Events page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form.

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Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to “get big or get out” as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture-based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative – by diversification, value-added production and innovative marketing strategies. Come electronically meet Rhiannon and Gregg of Grace Pond Farm in Thomaston who raise cows,  distribute milk, and grow turkeys. Rhiannon will also discuss agricultural policy and her work with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Gardening Q and A with MOFGA

August 5, 2020 – Wednesday, 7 p.m. As the growing season continues, we know that gardeners both new and experienced might have questions about what's happening in their gardens. We'd love to help answer your questions at our series of Gardening Q&As. These free, informal conversations cover everything from soil health to pest control to succession planting – and anything else that's on your mind. REGISTRATION

 

Kids Gardening Club

Build pollinator hotels, share stories from our own gardens & more

August 11, 2020 – Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Online. FREE. Kids (approximately aged 6-10) can log onto Zoom with parental support to connect with other young gardeners from around our state. At this meeting, we'll show you how to build pollinator hotels, share stories from our own gardens & more. You'll get more details – and a link to the meeting – by email after you register. REGISTRATION

Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join us electronically to learn about New Roots Cooperative Farm, a New American-owned cooperative in practice and learn about worker co-op farms, farmland co-ops, marketing co-ops, labor co-ops and equipment sharing co-ops. You'll learn about cooperative economic structure, democratic decision-making, and distribution of the surplus farmers collectively generate. Registration link coming soon.

Kitchen Licensing: Online Format

Two Parts: Part 1: August 13, Thursday, 2-4 p.m., Part 2: August 19, Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. Fee: $30; $20 for MOFGA members. Scholarships available - please email [email protected] for details!. We're taking this annual workshop for new or aspiring food business operators online! This workshop is designed for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale or beginning to sell new value-added products. Licensing requirements, food safety, liability insurance, labeling and organic certification requirements will all be covered. Normally, this is a full day, in-person workshop. This summer, it will be offered as two webinars and will include the same content as the in-person workshop. Contact [email protected] with questions. REGISTRATION

Season Extension Techniques for the Home Gardener

August 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Online. Free. Our gardens may be basking in the heat of summer but we do live in Maine and so the cold weather will be here before we know it! Join Dave Colson, MOFGA's Agricultural Specialist for Southern Maine, to learn about several ways to extend the growing season into the fall by protecting your plants from the cold. REGISTRATION

August Zoom Call Check-In for Farm Workers and Apprentices

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join Bo Dennis, Beginning Farmer Program Specialist at MOFGA, for an informal Zoom check in. This will be a time to connect with other apprentices and farm workers about their season and get any support you may be needing at this time. Ground rules will be set to provide a confidential space. Register for this conversation here.

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro, 18 acres with seven field plots, high tunnel, orchard, grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Please register for this event here.

Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Finding a place and resources to farm can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re working as a farm hand, manager or apprentice it is never too soon to consider your options. Abby Sadauckas, Maine field agent for Land For Good and farmer of Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham will talk through how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you’ll need and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream. If you’re considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation. Please register for this conversation here.

Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

Postponed to 2021. Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members. Mushrooms are delicious nutritional powerhouses and a great addition to homestead garden. Learn how to approach mushroom growing outdoors, on logs, and practice inoculating logs harvested from MOFGA's woodlot. Contact [email protected] with questions.

2020 Common Ground Country Fair

Celebrate Rural Living with MOFGA

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair. Join us for MOFGA’s first virtual celebration of rural living. See the Fair page for details as they become available. Interested in helping? Email [email protected]

Pickles Preserves and Pies

October 3, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lincolnville Beach. Fall harvest festival with vendors selling homemade pickles, fermented veggies, salsas, chutneys, jams, jellies, blueberry products, apple products, pies, handpies, pizza, savory pot pies and more! INFORMATION. If you wish to sell your homemade items contact [email protected]

Carbon Conversation: The Forest's Role in Storing and Sequestering Carbon

October 4, 2020 – Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Law Farm, 20 Lee Cemetery Road, Dover Foxcroft. Free, but pre-registration required. This workshop, co-sponsored by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, will explore carbon sequestration and how it occurs in our forests. We'll tour the Law Farm woodlot, learn about how carbon is measured, and discuss forestry practices from a carbon perspective. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of management strategies they can use to hold and increase carbon stocks in their woodlots. REGISTRATION

 

Great Maine Apple Day 2020

October 18, 2020 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shine. Celebrate the diverse array of tree crops that grow in our backyards in Maine. Workshops, educational displays, cider pressing, pie baking contest, treats, and tons to learn about apples and so much more. Get your unknown apples identified. $4; $2 for MOFGA members.

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7/29/2020 5:00 PM

Land Justice and Rematriation

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – 5 p.m., with Alivia Moore from Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective. Learn...
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Kids Gardening Club

August 11, 2020 – Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Online. FREE. Kids (approximately aged 6-10) can log onto Zoom...
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Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join us electronically to learn about New Roots Cooperative...
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Season Extension Techniques for the Home Gardener

August 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Online. Free. Our gardens may be basking in the heat of summer...
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8/19/2020 5:00 PM

August Zoom Call Check-In for Farm Workers and Apprentices

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join Bo Dennis, Beginning Farmer Program Specialist at MOFGA, for...
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Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm in...
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Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Finding a place and resources to farm can be a huge challenge....
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