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.

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A Novel Shallow Well Technology to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking and Irrigation Water

Farmer to Farmer in the Field

September 29, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Online. Fee: Free. In this talk, Joe Ayotte of New England Water Science Center and the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss the historical use and problems associated with dug wells and some of the myths about the shallow till aquifer. In addition, you will hear about how a different approach to well design can yield sustainable amounts of bacteriologically safe, nearly arsenic-free water. More specifically, these wells may be resilient to drought and may provide water for irrigation during periods of sustained lack of groundwater recharge. REGISTRATION

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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

 

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Planning Your Backyard Orchard

Fall Gardening Webinar Series

October 7, 2020 – Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., online. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional. Co-hosted by MOFGA and UMaine Cooperative Extension. Are you thinking of planting some fruit trees next spring? If so, now is the best time to start planning! Join us for the first webinar in our Fall Gardening Webinar Series, hosted in partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Join MOFGA's Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine, C.J. Walke, to learn about choosing locations for different types of fruit trees; considerations when deciding on rootstocks and tree size; choosing varieties and sourcing trees; preparing your ground; best practices when planting; and how to care for young trees. REGISTRATION through UMaine Cooperative Extension.

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Raising a Hog on the Homestead

October 20, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Online. Fee: Free. Optional donation of $5. Are you looking to raise a pig for the first time? Or maybe you need help figuring out if pigs are a good fit for your homestead. Join Jacki Perkins of MOFGA for this introductory webinar on how to get started. Jacki will discuss breeds & piglets; housing, feeding and fencing in your pig; considerations when raising pigs on pasture or in the forest; and preparing for slaughter, either on-farm or at a licensed facility. Bring questions! Contact [email protected] with questions. REGISTRATION

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Nose to Tail Pork Processing: Whole Hog Processing on the Homestead

October 22, 2020 – Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Online. Fee: Sliding scale, $15-$50. Free of charge for Journeyperson program participants and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color). Scholarships also available: [email protected]. This virtual event is being held as an alternative to our annual Nose to Tail pork processing event. We will share how-to video filmed by MOFGA this fall that demonstrates whole hog butchery and further processing, and Jason Tessier (of MOFGA and Tessier's Farm) and Eric Rector (longtime MOFGA supporter, cheesemaker and pork processing expert) will be joining the live webinar for conversation and Q&A. Tune in to see visual demonstrations on video and bring your questions about how to humanely and efficiently process a pig on your farm. REGISTRATION

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Farmer to Farmer Conference 2020

November 2, 4 and 6, 2020 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Our Farmer to Farmer Conference brings farmers together and invites agricultural service providers to learn from speakers and each other in a conference that is built around learning from the knowledge present in the room. This year we will go virtual bringing together presentations, panels and breakout groups mixed with farmer-led discussion groups and 1-on-1 video chatting opportunities.

REGISTRATION
$50 early bird registration (by Oct. 1)
$60 per person
Sliding scale option: choose to pay $20, $30, $40, $70 or $80

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Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 3, 2020 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. Beth Calder, Food Science Specialist from UMaine Cooperative Extension and Tom Cox, Consumer Protection Inspector from the State of Maine, will present in the morning session, followed by a tour of MOFGA's licensed kitchen. We'll enjoy a local catered lunch and a presentation from MOFGA Certification Services. The day will finish with a round table with experienced food business owners in Maine. Lots of time for questions! We anticipate this program taking place in person at MOFGA, but it's possible this workshop will shift online. Registration will open October 1.

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