Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA Events

MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. Please review our event registration policies. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

Beginner Hide Tanning – Winter Workshop

January 11, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. The workshop is currently full. Check the MOFGA Events page for future hide tanning workshops.

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2020 Advanced Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

January 12, 2020 – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine.

Taught by Richard Wiswall, author of "The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook." $100 per farm; $90 for members, free for current Journeypeople and Farm Beginnings participants. Find out your farm’s profit centers – which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these, and other important farm business concerns. Scholarships available. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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MOFGA Day at the 2020 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

January 14, 2020 – Augusta Civic Center. MOFGA offers free presentations and discussions, open to the public, on organic agriculture. No preregistration required. MOFGA also has an information exhibit all three days of the show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about our programs. Note: MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the association's annual meeting at the MOFGA offices in Unity, January 26, 2020 (snow date: Feb. 9).

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Cheesemaking 101

January 20, 2020 – Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cumberland County UMaine Cooperative Extension office, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine. Fee: $75 general, $65 for MOFGA members, free for journeypersons; lunch included. Learn how to make cheese at home at MOFGA’s beginner home cheesemaking course. Registration

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Mothers Who Farm

Farmer to Farmer in the Field

January 24, 2020 – Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. In an open and comfortable space, Liz Moran of Darthia Farm will lead a discussion for mothers about ways to juggle raising children and farming or homesteading. Find out what has or hasn’t worked for others, and learn about approaches you may not have considered. Join us for a potluck dinner and much more.

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Beginner Beekeeping Workshop

February 8, 2020 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $75; $55 for MOFGA members. Join us for an introductory workshop on beekeeping. Learn about the basics of beekeeping and strategies for establishing your first hive(s) from David Smith, the owner of Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine. Bring a bagged lunch. Contact events@mofga.org with questions. REGISTRATION

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Hide Tanning: Beyond the Basics

February 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. This workshop is designed for those with some experience tanning. You'll get help troubleshooting common challenges, learn new methods of tanning, and can bring your own projects if you would like to work on them with support. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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2020 Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 20, 2020 – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.  Free • Open to the public. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Over 40 unique, participatory workshops. Includes a plant swap, a potluck picnic lunch, and a stone soup made with your contributions.

 

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2020 Common Ground Country Fair

Celebrate Rural Living with MOFGA

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

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