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.

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).


MOFGA Sessions at the 2020 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Piscataquis/Sagadahoc

9-10 a.m.
New Pests on the Block *
Caleb Goossen, MOFGA, Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist
David Fuller, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Non-Timber Forest Products Professional
The invasive leek moth and swede midge pests of alliums and brassicas, respectively, have made their way into Maine. Caleb Goossen and David Fuller will explain the pests’ life cycles and current range and the best known management strategies.

10-11 a.m
Grafting Fruit Trees
C.J. Walke, MOFGA, Orchard Orchard Educator
Laura Sieger, MOFGA, Orchard Coordinator
Grafting is the primary way to propagate fruit trees, and many methods are suitable, depending on the time of year, type of crop or orchard situation. C.J. Walke and Laura Sieger will demonstrate some common grafting techniques used to propagate fruit tree varieties.

11 a.m. - noon
What To Expect When You’re Expecting Soil Test Results
Caleb Goossen, MOFGA, Organic Crop and Conservation Specialist
Eric Sideman, MOFGA, Organic Crop Specialist Emeritus
Why test soil? How do you test your soil? How many samples should you take? How do you read the results and make decisions about fertilizers? Eric Sideman and Caleb Goossen will address these questions and discuss nutrient recommendations.

1-2 p.m.
Disease Treatment and Prevention for Organically Raised Ruminants *
Jacki Perkins, MOFGA, Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist
Producing livestock organically can be challenging when faced with diseases. Learn about common ruminant diseases, ways to prevent them and some treatment options.

2-3 p.m.
MOFGA Programs and Information – Meeting Open to All
MOFGA will hold its annual membership meeting in Unity on January 26, 2020, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have exciting programs and information to share! Come hear about the work will be doing in 2020 and meet program staff to learn how to engage with our programs and events.

3-4 p.m.
Flower Growers' Round Table
Meet for an open, round table discussion with other cut flower growers of all levels. Find out what went well last year and what other growers are thinking about for the 2020 season.


Washington/York

9-10 a.m.
Weather Tools for Maine Agriculture Assessment Project: Update and Dialog
Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Associate Scientist IPM
The Maine Climate Change Institute and Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory can now acquire site-specific, real-time hourly weather observations and can generate forecast reports and analysis. The session will present information garnered from farmers about high priority weather-related issues and how farmers would like to have information delivered.

10 a.m. - noon
Maine Organic Milk Producers Meeting (2 hours)
Join MOFGA and MOMP for a meeting of organic producers.

1-2 p.m.
Steps to Becoming a Certified Organic Producer
Staff from MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA’s Agricultural Services discuss the basics of certifying your operation as organic to USDA National Organic Program standards. They’ll answer your certification questions, as well. Topics include the application process, review of the Organic System Plan, the Federal Cost Share Rebate program, the Materials Review process, compliant record keeping systems and domestic hemp production, among others.

2-3 p.m.
MOFGA Open Meeting @ Piscataquis/Sagadahoc

3-4 p.m.
What to Look for in the 2020 Legislative Session for Organic Agriculture
MOFGA staff members discuss bills before the Maine Legislature, both new and held over from 2019.  Ask questions, share your thoughts and learn how to get involved in the spring legislative session.

* One pesticide applicator recertification credit available

 

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