Hayday: A Field & Forest Day at MOFGA

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Join us to learn some new skills & enjoy a summer’s day on the MOFGA grounds!

This free & family-friendly event is open to all. All workshops are hands-on … come learn with us

• Try out a scythe or expand your scything know-how! Learn about sharpening & peening a blade; mowing technique; making hay and baling using a hand bailer; making your own snath (a scythe handle); and more!
• Learn to build an orchard ladder using cedar from the MOFGA woodlot;
• Help create a hugelkultur garden bed (a mounded bed made from wood and other compostable materials);
• Learn about pollarding and coppicing (ways to prune trees so you can continually harvest wood from them for generations) and producing “tree hay” to feed livestock year round;
• Join a tree ID walk in the MOFGA woodlot;
• Kids can learn how to make a pollinator home! Workshop at 10 am & 12 pm;
• Learn how to make biochar, a charcoal-like material produced as a way to sequester carbon & improve soil quality;
• and lots more! 

Time Scythe Tent A Scythe Tent B Tree Fodder Forestry Walks Apple Ladder Tent North Orchard & Garden Children’s Tent
10 a.m. Scythe 101 with Jesse Logan and Sy Schotz (including getting fit for a scythe and overview of use!) Grass fed vegetable demonstration with Jim Kovaleski Walking tour to see and cut various species of browse with Shanna Hanson Tree ID walk with Allyssa Gregory Make an apple tree ladder with Sam Brown and John Bunker (all day) Hand pollination for seed production with Heron Breen Making pollinator houses (and other activities throughout the day)
11 a.m. Peening/honing with Sy Schotz Mowing around obstacles with Jim Kovaleski Canopy Harvest for Livestock Fodder and Tree Health, and an intro to safe tree climbing and cutting with Shanna Hanson Pruning Trees to Add Value to Your Woods with Andy Shultz (continued) Hugelkultur Building with Teddy Matson (until approximately 12:30) Making pollinator houses
12 p.m. Scythe practice/getting started with Jesse Logan Demonstrating homemade hay baler with Jim Kovaleski Tree leaf stripping for barrel silage with Shanna Hanson (continued) Biochar making and practice with John Newlin
1 p.m. Leafy loose Hay on a rack with Sy Schotz Sharpening american pattern blades with Benjamin Bouchard Leafy loose hay on a rack with Sy Schotz Traditional Sheaf Tying and Stacking for Twig-Leaf Hay with Shanna Hanson Tree ID walk with Allyssa Gregory (continued) (Biochar continued)

We hope you also enjoy a summer day on the grounds!  Please feel welcome to explore the gardens, walk through the woods, find a new favorite poem in the poetry grove, head across the street to explore the Hills to Sea Trail or Maine Heritage Orchard, and enjoy a picnic after supporting our vendors.

There will be food for sale from Fresh Ella’s ice cream and Truck & Vesper Bread.

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We’re also looking for volunteers! Come join the fun & lend a hand while you’re at it. More info on volunteer opportunities can be found here.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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