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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Getting Ahead of the Pests

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Webinar Series

May 28, 2020 – Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Join Caleb Goossen, MOFGA's organic crop specialist, to get help figuring out how to prevent pest problems before they arrive – or, if that doesn’t work, deal with those pests using organically-approved methods before they get out of control. Caleb will talk about how to exclude pests from your garden, how to figure out what is eating your tomatoes or brussels sprouts, and what to do about it. Register here.

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Apprenticeship and Farm Worker Social on Zoom

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 5 p.m. Join us electronically to kick off the farming season. You will receive an overview of MOFGA’s educational programs and support resources available to apprentices and new farmers. Most importantly, it’s a great chance to start meeting apprentices and farm workers from other farms across the state. We look forward to seeing you there! Grab a beverage of your choice and zoom in to say hi.

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Portland Greendrinks - Goes Virtual!

June 9, 2020 – Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Join MOFGA and Portland Greendrinks for a special virtual event to support MOFGA programming. While we can't all toast in-person, we are still looking forward to enjoying a virtual happy hour with you. Bring your favorite beverage to this Zoom gathering and we'll share some gardening tips with you as well as answer questions. All are welcome to join! Register here and then attend to be entered to win one of two awesome MOFGA raffle prizes: two of our tasting glasses or a 2019 Common Ground Country Fair grocery tote bag! This event is hosted in collaboration with Portland Greendrinks. FMI: please email Lucy Cayard at [email protected]

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pests and Diseases in the Summer Orchard

June 11, 2020 – Online webinar. Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Cobscook Institute. Registration fees are on a sliding scale. This annual workshop in our Orcharding series is going online. Join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Down East agricultural specialist, for tips on how to address pest and disease problems that may arise in your orchard this summer. Walke will share best practices in summer orchard care to help you ensure that your trees are in good shape for a successful fall harvest. This is a shortened, online version of this class (which usually includes time in the orchard.) You will receive a Zoom link to the webinar in your email when you register. Scholarships available – please contact [email protected] to learn more.

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Soil Health and Intensified Vegetable Growing on Zoom

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – 5 p.m. a virtual tour of Frith Farm. Daniel Mays, farmer at Frith Farm, produces diversified vegetables on 2 acres in a no-till system. Come discuss soil health management strategies including cover cropping, tarping, and permanent bed systems as we take a virtual tour of his farm. How to produce a bounty of organic produce in compact spaces will also be explored. Please register here for this event.

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2020 Poultry Processing Workshop

POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2020 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $65 for MOFGA members. Join Jason (of MOFGA) and Carrie of Tessier's Farm for a workshop about how to process poultry safely and efficiently with farm or homestead-scale equipment. Please bring an apron and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home an organic bird. REGISTRATION

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Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 5 p.m. at New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Rd, Lewiston. Come see  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. Potluck to follow.

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2020 Rabbit Processing Workshop

July 23, 2020 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75; $65 for MOFGA members. Rabbits are a great source of protein for your homestead! Rabbits are small, easy to handle, and require minimal effort to process. Come learn the basics of rabbit processing and acquire the skills to harvest your own. REGISTRATION

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Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Grace Pond Farm, Thomaston. 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 meet Rhiannon and Gregg of Grace Pond Farm who raise cows,  distribute milk, and grow turkeys. Rhiannon will also discuss agricultural policy and her work with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Potluck to follow.

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Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 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. Potluck to follow.

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Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

September 12, 2020 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. 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. Please bring a bagged lunch. When you register, please let us know if you are able to bring a mallet/hammer and cordless drill. Contact [email protected] with questions. REGISTRATION

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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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2020 Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October 24-26, 2020 – Saturday-Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how you can get the most and the best out of an organic, pasture-raised pig, from slaughter to sausage, using every part but the squeal. Registration will open June 1.

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