Hayday: A Field & Forest Day at MOFGA

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Hayday: A Field & Forest Day at MOFGA

July 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 and learn about honing (sharpening), making hay, mowing & lots more in the fields;
• 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 (a way of pruning where you remove the top branches of a tree so it sends out lots of new growth) and tree fodder (feeding livestock leaves & branches);
• Join a tree ID walk;
• Learn how to make biochar

and lots more! 

Time Scything - peening/sharpening Scything - practice Scything - making hay Tree Fodder Forest 2 Gardens & Orchards 1 Orchards & Gardens 2 And more!
10 a.m. Honing/peening with Scythe Supply 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
11 a.m. Peening/honing with Sy Schotz Mowing around obstacles with Jim Kovaleski Making hay with Scythe Supply 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) Kids Yoga with Kara Douglas (also suitable for the young at heart)
12 p.m. Honing/peening with Scythe Supply 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. Sharpening American pattern blades with Benjamin Bouchard Scythe practice with Scythe Supply 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)

There will be food for sale from Fresh Ella’s ice cream, Gracie’s Food Truck & Vesper Bread and live music!

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Come early for Yoga in the Orchard, a yoga class open to all ages & ability levels from 8:30 am – 9:30 am in the Maine Heritage Orchard. All proceeds support the orchard!

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]


July 23
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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MOFGA’s Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity, ME 04988 United States
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207 568 4142
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