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

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. Registration

How to Spend USDA Funding for 2020

The Local Working Groups of Knox/Waldo and Kennebec/Lincoln Counties make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA farm bill funds for conservation practices on private lands. Agricultural producers, foresters, members of environmental groups and others are invited to join these working group discussions of regional resource concerns and allocation of local USDA funds for conservation practices to address them.

Knox/Waldo Local Working Group meeting – Tuesday, January 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Union Town Office, 567 Common Rd., Union

Kennebec/Lincoln Local Working Group meeting –  Tuesday, February 5, 10 a.m. to noon, NRCS Augusta Field Office, 21 Enterprise Dr., Augusta

FMI: Knox & Lincoln, Hildy, 207-596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org; Waldo, Jenny, 207-338-1964, rjrc81@gmail.com; Kennebec, Dale, 207-622-7847, dfinseth@kcswcd.org

Food Safety Workshop

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s Do It Profitably

January 31 - February 1, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate. This two-day food safety workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. Registration

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training at MOFGA

February 8, 2019 (snow date Feb. 15) – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine (map). Register online by Feb. 1. Learn about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. Time for questions and discussion; participants will share their experiences and produce safety questions. Offered in collaboration with UMaine Extension and AgMatters LLC. Information and registration

 

Agriculture as the Heart of Environmentalism

Belonging to the Earth, the Soil, Each Other

February 21-23 – Thursday evening to Saturday noon, at Hawthorne Valley Farm, 327 Co Rd 21C, Ghent, NY 12075. Cost: sliding scale $150-$100, includes Friday dinner. Presented by Hawthorne Valley’s Institute for Mindful Agriculture. Registration

Advanced Business Planning with Richard Wiswall

February 24, 2019 – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Eduction Center, Unity, Maine. Find out your farm’s profit centers – which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these, and other important farm business concerns. $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Scholarships available. Registration now open

Advanced Hide Tanning Workshop

February 26, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $100; $75 for MOFGA members. Pre-requisite: MOFGA's Hide Tanning Workshop or equivalent experience. Learn the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way and take home the skills you need to start tanning on your own. The workshop will be a prerequisite for our advanced hide tanning workshop hosted on February 26, 2019. Register here

Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Fruit Trees

March 9, 2019 – Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Four locations: Bar Harbor, Bethel, Palmyra, Unity. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Please bring your own bag lunch. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed. For beginners and experienced growers. Registration

Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees

March 16, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Two locations: Bethel, Mount Desert.. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and tend your heritage trees. Registration

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

March 31, 2019 – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to participate in educational workshops and to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Free!

 

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

April 4, 2019 – 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

Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

April 13, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., location TBD. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Please bring your own bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower. Registration

Maine Heritage Orchard Annual Planting Day

April 27, 2019 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maine Heritage Orchard, 85 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity, Maine. Join us for the Maine Heritage Orchard's 6th annual tree planting day. With your help we will plant 6 apple trees and several herbaceous & woody companions. We will also remove tree guards, check trees for damage and add mulch at the Maine Heritage Orchard and at the North Orchard at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center (across the road). RSVP on Volunteer Hub

Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees

May 11, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., two locations: Bethel, Thorndike. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert, or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. In this workshop you will see how a professional topgrafts and will be able to try it on your own. Please bring your own bag lunch. Registration

Organic Orcharding Workshop – Summer Orchard Care

June 15, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., location TBD but likely southern Maine, led by MOFGA's organic orchard educator C.J. Walke. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Please bring your own bag lunch. Learn about caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. Registration

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39th Annual EcoFarm Conference

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39th Annual EcoFarm Conference

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Flowering in the North

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Food Safety Workshop

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training at MOFGA

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