Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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Calendar

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Most of the events are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA but other events are listed as well.

Read or download a 2018 calendar of MOFGA's major annual events (2-page PDF, 300K)

Visit the MOFGA Events page

Common Ground Country Fair

September 21-23, 2018 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. MOFGA's premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

18th Annual NODPA Field Days – Tools for Survival: Weathering the Current Dairy Crisis While Maintaining Organic Integrity

September 27 & 28, 2018 – Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church, 2142 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, Maryland 21758. Hosted by the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance. Reliable tools and practical strategies to help farmers weather the current dairy crisis without sacrificing organic integrity. Keynote speaker Mark Kastel. co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute, will present "The Crisis in the Organic Dairy Movement: History, Analysis, and What Farmers Can Do to Balance the Playing Field." Visit www.nodpa.com for more information and to register online. Early-bird rate for registrations before Weds., Sept. 19. You can still pay in-person but you must let us know that you are planning to attend (by phone: 413-772-0444, email, noraowens@comcast.net or mail, NODPA, 30 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342) by September 19, 2018.

Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October 6-8, 2018 – MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration

Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Fall

October 11, 2018 – 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. $35; $25 for MOFGA members. Join Chef Frank Giglio in the MOFGA kitchen to learn about Maine seasonal cooking. We'll cook some dishes to take full advantage of autumn's bounty. Taste delicious food, learn something new, and have fun in the kitchen! Registration

The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes and Solutions

October 12 and 13 - Talk and workshop presented by biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk. Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m., and his Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop will be on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – both at the Waldorf School in Freeport. Hosted by Maine Coast Waldorf School and co-sponsors Avena Botanicals and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment. Information and registration

Great Maine Apple Day

October 14, 2018 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shineCelebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

Hide Tanning Workshop

October 17, 2018 – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Join MOFGA and local instructors Trevanna Grenfell of The Wildwood Path and Sean Murphy of Murphy Family Farm for a day exploring the ancient skill of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. For farmers and hunters through the ages, the hide has been one of the most valuable parts of any animal – but only if they know how to treat it! We'll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you'll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring your questions and your willingness to learn, but please contact us if you would like to bring your own hide so that we can determine whether your particular project fits with the workshop. We'll work on rabbit hides together and you'll have a chance to see demos of other types of hides so that you can get a feel for how to work with different styles. We will approach this skill with sensitivity and compassion, but hide tanning isn't for the faint of heart! Be prepared to see, touch, smell, and talk about raw animal hides – and to experience the magic of turning rawhide into leather! Registration

Mock Certification Inspection

MOFGA Farmer to Farmer in the Field event

October 18, 2018 – Thursday, 5 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion. The Farm at KVCC, Clinton. Join MOFGA certification specialists and staff at The Farm at KVCC for a Mock Certification Inspection and tour with Q&A throughout the tour. For more information contact MOFGA events coordinator Anna Mueller.

Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

October 24 to 26, 2018 – The National Organic Standards Board will meet in St. Paul, Minn., to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020, and guidance on organic policies. The NOSB meetings are open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments. Website

MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine. MOFGA’s annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn’t while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers and others. Registration opening soon.

MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting

November 15, 2018 – Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. We also generally have a Fundraising Committee meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, and a Finance Committee meeting from noon to 2 p.m. on this day.

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 15-18, 2018 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery. To read full descriptions of all workshops click here. If you know which workshop you want to join, you can register directly by clicking one of the links below.

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry – Click here to register

Logging with Draft Animals – Click here to register

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery – Click here to register

 

Chainsaw Safety Training

November 16 and 17, 2018 – Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn to safely operate a chainsaw in the woods! This two-day field course is suitable for the aspiring logger, woodlot manager, home firewood producer, and occasional chainsaw user alike. Topics to be covered include personal protective equipment, saw operation and maintenance, filing, reactive forces, open-faced notch, bore cutting, tree felling (with or without wedges), and management of hazard trees and spring poles. $200; $150 for MOFGA members. Price includes all meals and basic accommodations. Information and registration

Maine Harvest Festival

November 17-18, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 6, 2018 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Registration

2019 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

January 15-17, 2019 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center. Producers and consumers alike visit this three day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. For any questions or more information about the event, please contact Anne Trehnholm at 207-287-7620 or by email at Anne.Trenholm@maine.gov

39th Annual EcoFarm Conference

January 23-26, 2019 – Presented by the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm), Pacific Grove, Calif. Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, social justice and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers and educators. To learn more and to register visit www.eco-farm.org/conference.

Flowering in the North

January 28-30, 2019 – Flower growers' conference, University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. Share knowledge about zone 5 growing, wholesaling, retailing and designing with farm-fresh flowers. Cosponsored by MOFGA, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Snell Family Farm, Broadturn Farm and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu to be notified when registration opens. More information

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