Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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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.

Visit the MOFGA Events page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form.

Lambing and Kidding Expectations and Challenges

March 20, 2019 – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon at Hamilton Farm, 6 South Fowles Lane, Whitefield, with Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's organic dairy and livestock specialist. We will join Patti Hamilton, shepherd of 30+ years and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM, CVH (retired) to review some of the best tools to have in our parturition kits for the season, problem solving techniques, and signs to look for when deciding whether to intervene or not. This is a free event; no registration required. Contact Jacki Perkins for more information.

8th Annual Downeast Scion Exchange & Fruit Tree Workshops

March 23 (snow date March 24), 2019 – Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Rd., North Trescott, Maine. Sponsored by Healthy Acadia. Workshops, a scion exchange and potluck. MOFGA's Orchard Educator, C.J. Walke will be lead workshops about pruning, grafting, and fruit tree care with community members from Washington County. If you are already an experienced grafter or orchardist, you are invited to come and share your knowledge with the group. If you are able, please bring scion wood from your favorite trees to share with others and dress appropriately to be outside. For more information about when and how to collect scion wood, click here: http://go.cclc.me/scion-info

Spring Chainsaw Safety Workshop

(Level I)

March 29 to 30, 2019 (snow date April 5 to 6) – Tessier Farm, Skowhegan. This workshop in Skowhegan has sold out. If you'd like to receive advance notice of upcoming chainsaw workshops, please send an email to forestry@mofga.org.

 

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!

 

2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 2-4, 2019 – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, UMass Amherst, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003. The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together 500+ people who are leveraging the power of institutions to transform our food system. Registration is now open (early bird discount until March 1) and scholarships are available. Information

Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 3, 2019 – 6 to 9 p.m., hosted by adult education programs throughout Maine. An evening course to provide gardeners with skills and knowledge needed to transition from conventional to organic gardening. Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners. The classes are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

Community Forum on Food Insecurity

April 4, 2019 – Thursday, 8:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, Maine. Join the conversation on how individuals and groups can work together to solve the food insecurity crisis. 1 out of 5 children in Waldo County cannot count on a healthy daily meal. Open to the public, including anyone involved in providing food, from farmers to food pantry coordinators, to policy makers, school staff and prospective volunteers! Information and RSVP: wesley.neff@maine.edu or waldoreads@rsu71.org

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

Rural Living Day

April 6, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mt. View High School, Thorndike. UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Assoc. Information

Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

April 14, 2019 – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Portersfield Cider in Pownal, Maine. 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 School Garden Day

April 27, 2019 – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trenton Elementary School, 51 School Road, Trenton, ME 04605. $35; ($45 after April 19) and includes a local foods lunch. A full day of workshops and networking for school garden enthusiasts. Whether you’re dreaming of starting an educational garden or working to develop an existing program – this day is for you! Hosted by Maine School Garden Network (MSGN), Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 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

Spring Growth Conference 2019: Managing Labor on the Farm

April 27, 2019 - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. The program at Spring Growth this year will help you navigate the legalities of hiring and managing farm labor. Learn from other farmers about their farm labor models. Fee: $20 for MOFGA members and certified organic growers; $30 for non-members. (Free for current MOFGA apprenticeship host farms.) Scholarship information. Lunch is included. Registration

Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees

May 11, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, 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

Maine Farmland Trust Listening Tour

June 2019 – locations statewide. During Maine Farmland Trust's (MFT) 20th anniversary year, staff and board are working on strategic planning and setting a course for the coming years. The listening tour will help MFT dig into what is happening on the ground in Maine’s farming community and inform the group's work in the future. FMI: ellen@mainefarmlandtrust.org or call 207-338-6575. Information

Rabbit Processing

June 13, 2019 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75; $60 for MOFGA members. 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

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 22, 2019 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.  Free • Open to the public • No pre-registration required. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Over 40 unique, participatory workshops. Includes a plant swap, a potluck picnic lunch, and a stone soup made with your contributions. Information

 

Poultry Processing Workshop

July 25, 2019 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 for MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

2019 Maine Apple Camp

August 16-18, 2019 – 12 noon Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday at Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine. Fee: $225; MOFGA members $200. Saturday only: $100. Apple Lovers! Orchardists! Cider Makers! Fruit Explorers! Join fellow apple enthusiasts for Maine Apple Camp. Registration includes room & board, all camp sessions. All ages welcome – most talks geared towards ages 16+. More details will be announced soon. Registration will open June 15, 2019.

Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. 

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, 2019 – MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15, 2019.

Great Maine Apple Day

October 13, 2019 – 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.

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 5, 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 will open June 15, 2019.

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Spring Chainsaw Safety Workshop

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Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

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2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training, Farmington

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