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

Awakening to the Garden of Eden and the New Role of Food Forestry within the Global Transition Process

August 18, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walking Tour of Bioregional Conservancy with emphasis on permaculture practices followed by a talk with Bristol and Lyn Pitts of BRC Stewardship Projects addressing “New Choices in the Partnership between Light and Land.” Potluck dinner, campfire and time for more discussion. Pre-registration: $5; at door: $10. To register call 568-3139 or email botanicalcampus@earthlink.net. Camping is available for an extra fee.

 

Grow it Green: Preserving Your Garden Produce

August 20, 2018 – Monday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., MOFGA Education Center, Unity. Wondering what to do with the produce in your garden? Join some MOFGA gardeners as they share how to can, dehydrate, and freeze seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Class is by donation, but space is limited. Please RSVP. Email alibby@mofga.org for more information or to RSVP.

Permaculture

August 22, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Road, Franklin. Permaculture is a method of landscape design and food production that is based on the principles of ecology and diversity. Come and see an excellent example of how permaculture can help bring vitality back to land, mitigate problematic soils and increase a farm resilience. Potluck to follow.

Haymaking

August 23, 2018 – A MOFGA Farmer to Farmer in the Field event. 5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion, Tessier Farm, Skowhegan.  Join Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist and Rick Kersbergen, Cooperative Extension's Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems Specialist at Tessier Farm. Tessier Farm is a diversified farm that raises a variety of natural meats, operates a small dairy, produces maple sugar, and have an on site inspected processing facility for poultry and rabbits. The farm has been in operation since 2001 and has steadily grown since. Jason and Carrie Tessier have been making their own hay since 2005 starting off with the oldest equipment you could find. Since then they have upgraded a few pieces here and there and have learned plenty about making quality feed. The hay operation consists of 130 acres of mixed grass with usually 2 cuttings a season. Their approximate yearly production is 1500 square bales, 150 4x4 dry round bales, 120 4x4 wrapped bales, and 40 tons grass silage in bunker. Contact Anna Mueller for information.

Tour a Homestead as it Begins

August 29, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Road, Windsor, Maine. You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after three seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project as well as giving a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Rd, Windsor (second driveway on the right). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Garden Pest & Disease Walk at a Community Garden

September 6, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 5:30 p.m., Cultivating Community, Portland, Maine. Join MOFGA’s own Caleb Goossen and Eric Sideman as we explore one of Cultivating Community’s community gardens and learn about summer pests and diseases in the garden. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Shiitake + Chaga Focused: Forest Mycology in the Maine Woodlands And Wildlands

September 7-9, 2018 – Presented by Greenhorns and Eat Local Eastport, taught by Radical Mycology author and educator Peter McCoy and Russ Cohen, naturalist, seed-saver, wildcrafting educator. Besides logging, how can we interact with woodlands in ways that sustain us? Mushrooms! This homesteader-oriented program looks at mycological practices and practical considerations for tending the wild, managing the forest commons for multiple human uses as well as for animal + insect users. We’ll have a major focus on Shiitake! The thousand-year old Japanese tradition of growing mushroom logs outdoors in the woods including site selection, methods and doing it ourselves. 3 day program - limited spaces, $250 scholarships available. Please email office@greenhorns.org to RSVP or pre pay.

Pasture Walk at the farm of David Greeley

September 9, 2018 – Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., 291 Hatch Rd, Jackson, ME. David has been grazing beef cows on the farm in Jackson for many years. Learn about his cow and fertility management on the beautiful farm in Jackson.  Starting in 1994, there have been 4 bio-mass harvests totaling about 60 acres that are now in hay or pasture. In addition are over 100 acres of Silvopasture helping support 40 brood cows and their calves. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network. Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

September 10, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Monday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, 97 Holman Day Road, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, a high tunnel, an orchard and grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a 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.

Lamb Breakdown

September 12, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson. Join butcher and farmer Logan Higger for a demonstration of breaking down a lamb. Learn what butchers look for to assess the quality of a carcass and what options you have for cutting up primal sections. Learn how to best explain these options to your customers and communicate with your butcher. Potluck to follow.

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

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

Great Maine Apple Day

October 14, 2018 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

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

Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 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.

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. For beginners and experienced. Registration will open soon.

Chainsaw Safety Training

November 16 and 17, 2018 – Friday and Saturday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including the basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety, and a chance to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is for experienced saw operators who want to practice and improve their technique. Registration will open soon.

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

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.

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Grow it Green: Preserving Your Garden Produce

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Permaculture

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Haymaking

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Tour a Homestead as it Begins

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Garden Pest & Disease Walk at a Community Garden

September 6, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 5:30 p.m., Cultivating Community, Portland, Maine. Join...
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Shiitake + Chaga Focused: Forest Mycology in the Maine Woodlands And Wildlands

September 7-9, 2018 – Presented by Greenhorns and Eat Local Eastport, taught by Radical Mycology author and...
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