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January 2015

  • 31 - Deadline to apply for The Herb Society of America annual research grants to students, professionals and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history. Details.

February 2015

  • 3 - Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry. Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. This is the second in a poultry-related health series looking at health problems associated with the poultry respiratory system. Information on extension.org
  • 3-7 - Penn. Association for Sustainable Agriculture Farming for the Future Conference, State College, Penn. Details.
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 10 - Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Ecological Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms to Suppress Insects. 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar presented by California organic farmers Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato. Information on extension.org
  • 11 - Health Concerns for Egg Layers. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Free webinar led by Dr. Michael Darre, University of Connecticut. Register at eXtension.org.
  • 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Led by Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm and author of “The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook." $75 per person; $35 extra for another person from the farm. Includes lunch. Information and registration.
  • 17 - Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar on using air-propelled abrasive grits for weed management in organic grain and vegetable crops. Presented by Dr. Sam Wortman, Dr. Frank Forcella, Dr. Sharon Clay and Dr. Daniel Humburg. Information on extension.org
  • 21 - Maine Seafood and Edible Seaweed; From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth. $40 class fee. For information call 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine). Registration online.
  • 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam workshop. Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. There is no cost to attend this training, but you must RSVP to kgreen@mofga.org if you plan to attend.
  • 25 - An Introduction to Unity Food Hub. 6 p.m., Waldo Organic Growers meeting and potluck at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This new project of Maine Farmland Trust hopes to move more local farm products to customers; presented by Matt Tremblay, general manager. FMI about this and other events of Waldo Organic Growers: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.
  • 25-26 – Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show, Sturbridge, Mass. Information.
  • 27 and 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs in locations around Maine. Local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Find a CSA Fair near you!
  • 28 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Fruit Trees. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Instructor: C.J. Walke. $50 non-members; $35 members. More information.

March 2015

  • 1 and 2 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs in locations around Maine. Local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Find a CSA Fair near you!
  • 3 - Health problems with the poultry skeletal system. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. The third webinar in the poultry health series will look at the skeletal system and different health issues that can develop. Information on extension.org
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change. (Snow date March 8.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker John Aber and a panel of farmers focus on weather- and climate-related changes farmers are experiencing. Includes open discussion on strategies for farmers to deal with changing climate. $50 individual; $75 couples; $25 students and apprentices. Information and registration.
  • 10 - Sustainable Business Network of Mass. Specialty Crop Trade Show and Local Food Trade Show. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. To facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts. Open to all non-specialty crop food producers, including meat and dairy farms, fisheries, baked goods and other added-value producers. Exhibition booths are $100. Information.
  • 10 - Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EDT. Free webinar presented by David Crowder and Elias Bloom of Washington State University. Information on extension.org
  • 11 - Managing Egg Laying Flocks. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Free webinar led by Dr. Michael Darre, University of Connecticut and others. Register at eXtension.org.
  • 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Location between Ellsworth and Cherryfield with Brannin Buehner of Bear & Owl Tree Care. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginning and experienced growers. $50 non-members; $35 members. More information. The workshop is also offered at Apple Acres Farm in Hiram. $25 per person. FMI visit the Resilience Hub.
  • 14 - Growing Concerns: "Urban Agriculture." 11 a.m., Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art. Join this panel of experts on local sustainability in their discussion of the importance of public food forests, public orcharding, edible street trees, permablitzing and community gardens. A Community Collaboration between Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA. Free for PMA and MOFGA members ($10 for the general public).
  • 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. Viles Arboretum, Augusta. This course, sponsored by MOFGA and led by Eric Sideman, is geared for those who are considering converting to organic or starting an organic farm. Registration (includes lunch): $75 individual; $30 additional person; $50 apprentice/student; FREE for journeypersons; $45 per single-day registration. Information and registration.
  • 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Locations: Palermo with John Bunker;  Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert with C.J. Walke; or Kermit Nickerson School, Swanville with Sean Murphy. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Learn how to renovate and tend your heritage trees. $50 non-members; $35 members. Information and registration.
  • 21 - Rural Living Day, Thorndike. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and UMaine Cooperative Extension. Classes on gardening, forestry and rural life. FMI: UMaine Extension, 1-800-287-1426. Registration.
  • 21 - Maine Grass Farmers Network annual conference, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. Information.
  • 21 - The Ecology of Gardening with Native Plants. 7 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Native plant and perennial herb expert and farmer Julie Beckford will talk on the multiple benefits of native plants. Cosponsored by MOFGA and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance. Free and open to the public. FMI: Anna Fiedler, 589-3230 or swlamaine@gmail.com 
  • 26 - Growing Concerns: "The World of Bees and Pollination." 6:30 p.m., Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art. Hear Christy Hemenway from Gold Star Honeybees, Heather Spalding, MOFGA deputy director, and Fedco Seeds founder CR Lawn talk about our pollinators and the national and local issues that concern them and our food supply. Maine honey and mead tasting to follow. A Community Collaboration between Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA. Free for PMA and MOFGA members ($10 for the general public).
  • 29 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and to participate in educational workshops. Free! No registration required. Information.
  • 31 - Deadline to apply for MOFGA’s Organic Farmer Loan Fund, intended particularly to help organic farmers establishing credit history for their farms. Funds, generally between $5,000 to $20,000, may be used for working capital or farm equipment. Available to MOFGA-certified organic farmers; farmers transitioning to organic production; current participants and graduates of MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program. Applications accepted beginning Jan. 1. Information.

April 2015

  • 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - Growing Concerns "The Portland Food Co-op." 11 a.m., Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art. Food co-ops are on the rise nationally. Learn why these organizations are integral to a sustainable community and about the Portland Food Co-op’s unique mission to serve the community. Panelists: Mary Alice Scott, education and outreach coordinator for the Portland Food Co-op; Stacy Brenner, Broadturn Farm, MOFGA-certified organic farmer. A Community Collaboration between Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA. Free for PMA and MOFGA members ($10 for the general public).
  • 7 - Immune system and vaccination programs for poultry flocks. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. The final webinar in this health-related series will focus on the avian immune system and vaccination programs for poultry flocks. Dr. Frame will also discuss things to do to minimize health challenges. Information on extension.org
  • 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden. 6 to 9 p.m. Classes held in locations throughout Maine to give gardeners the skills and knowledge to transition from conventional to organic gardening. Registration: typically $5 to cover handouts. Information with class locations.
  • 11 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Locations: Common Ground Education Center in Unity with Jen Ries, or College of the Atlantic in Mount Desert with C.J. Walke. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Participants graft trees to take home and plant. $50 per person. Information and registration.
  • 16 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Co-sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension; for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale. Registration (includes lunch): $35 for MOFGA members; $50 for non-members. Information and registration.
  • 18 - Earth Day Work Day at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI or to RSVP for the workday: Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org, 568-4142
  • 18 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101, Unity. Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower," for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. $50 for non-members; $40 for members. Information and registration.
  • 18-19 - Chainsaw Safety. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840
  • 19 - Help plant the next batch of historic apples in MOFGA’s Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity. 9 a.m. to noon. Bring a shovel, friends and kids. We'll teach you how. No charge. FMI: MOFGA.org or apples@mofga.org.
  • 23-26 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished handsome and rugged small building. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Some scholarships available. $500 ($450 for HVNC & MOFGA members) includes lunch and all materials. No previous carpentry experience necessary. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.
  • 25 - Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course begins. Cosponsored by The Resilience Hub and MOFGA. A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running April through October 2015. $250. Details.
  • 25 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast. $15 at the door ($35 maximum for families)

May 2015

  • 9-10 – Chainsaw Safety. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.

June 2015

Weekly beginning in June: MOFGA’s Farm Training Project Workshops in locations around Maine. Apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network.

  • 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!
  • 27 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD. Instructor: C.J. Walke. Tips and tricks to care for your orchard through the summer and get your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. $50; $45 student/apprentice; $35 MOFGA members; free for JPs. Information and registration.

July 2015

  • 9 - Poultry Processing, Unity. MOFGA’s organic livestock expert Diane Schivera and Nettie Fox Farm farmer Everett Ottinger teach how to process your own meat birds successfully and sanitarily.
  • 23-26 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished handsome and rugged small building. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Some scholarships available. $500 ($450 for HVNC & MOFGA members), includes lunch and all materials. No previous carpentry experience necessary. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.

August 2015

  • 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information and registration.

September 2015

  • 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity. The Fair is 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. To volunteer, contact volunteers@mofga.org.
  • 30 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. Help MOFGA clean up after the Fair and help John Bunker in the Maine Heritage Orchard. Come as early as you can. Potluck at 6 p.m. in the MOFGA library. FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

October 2015

  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 28 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. 6 p.m. Richard Frost of Frost Family Farm in Liberty will speak on "Working with willow – how to grow it, market it, build with it." FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

November 2015

  • 7-9 (tentative) - Farmer to Farmer Conference, Northport. 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.
  • 14-15 – Maine Harvest Festival, Bangor. Information.
  • TBD - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD - Chainsaw and Forestry Safety Courses, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety, and safe felling techniques. Level II is for the saw operators with experience who want to practice and improve their technique.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.

 


    

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