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

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 now open

2018 Maine Sheep Conference and Annual Meeting

November 10, 2018 – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot County Office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor, ME 04401-4331. Directions. Hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA). Designed to bring the most up-to-date information to Maine sheep producers on important topics. The conference also serves as the annual meeting for the MSBA where members can interact and discuss current events and production practices. Officers will be nominated and elected. Bartlettyarns will buy wool. For information, visit the conference website or contact Melissa Babcock at 207-581-2788 or 1-800-287-7170 (in Maine). Cost: $25 members; $35 non-members. Registration.

Deadline to apply for The Livestock Conservancy's Northeastern Heritage Livestock Micro Grant Program

November 15, 2018 – This program aims to enhance the competitiveness and stability of heritage breed livestock and poultry farms by providing grants of $500 to $2000 to those actively working with heritage breeds in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Funds may be used to buy animals, for training programs, for fences, equipment, supplies, marketing and more. FMI: http://bit.ly/Micro-Grant

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.  Information. THIS EVENT IS FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send an email to forestry@mofga.org.

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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MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting

October 21, 2018 – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
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Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

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MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show

November 2, 2018 – Friday, 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org. An hour on local food and...
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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine....
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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine....
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11/8/2018

Fair Steering Committee Meeting

November 8, 2018 – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
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11/10/2018

2018 Maine Sheep Conference and Annual Meeting

November 10, 2018 – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot...
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