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 Calendar: Events of Interest

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Included here are events that are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").


  • 11 - Webinar to learn about Maine Technology Institute early stage grants for entrepreneurs and companies developing innovative products, processes or services. TechStart Grants of up to $5,000 can be used to conduct market research, develop a business plan, and file for patent protections. Seed Grants of up to $25,000 can be used to develop a prototype, demonstrate proof of concept, and conduct field trials. FMI: Kim Doughty, 207-203-2072, kdoughty@mainetechnology.org or https://www.mainetechnology.org/program/seed-grant/
  • 12 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - A Day in the Woods. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Midcoast Conservancy's Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Rain date Oct. 15. Cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn about low impact forestry, logging with draft horses, carbon sequestration in forests, and much more. Fun events for all, too. Information.
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 15 - Rally in the Valley and Tractor Parade to help save the soil and preserve organic standards. Noon, Sunday, Broadturn Farm, Scarborough, Maine. Hear from MOFGA's organic crop specialist Eric Sideman, MOFGA board member Sam May, MOFGA board member and Broadturn farmer Stacy Brenner, and Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm about why organic crops should be grown in soil. For a list of rallies in other locations, see https://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/.
  • 21 - Maine Poultry Growers Conference. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, Hinckley, Maine. Registration ($35; $25 for MPGA members) includes lunch. (Online registration at https://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/events-workshops/ required to guarantee lunch.) Sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension, Poulin Grain and MOFGA. FMI: Jason Lilley, jason.lilley@maine.edu and Diane Schivera, dianes@mofga.org
  • 22 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.


  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - Concert by Noel Paul Stookey to benefit Food AND Medicine’s annual Solidarity Harvest. Saturday, 7 p.m., Brewer Performing Arts Center, 92 Pendleton Street, Brewer Maine. Legendary singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey is an independent artist and founding member of the world-renown folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. Solidarity Harvest, now in its 15th year, provides locally-sourced Thanksgiving meal baskets to families in hard times all across Maine. Money raised will help purchase produce from Maine farms, from potatoes to turnips to cranberries. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006, ext. 1 or visit online www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086090.
  • 4-6 - MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to 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. Information and schedule of workshops
  • 7-10 - Organic Land Care Accreditation Course. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity Maine. For landscapers, educators, gardeners and more, this course will provide a certificate in organic land care accreditation. For more information, please visit: http://www.organiclandcare.net/about/mission
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-12 - Maine Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St. Bangor, ME 04401. http://www.maineharvestfestival.com/
  • 16 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 16-19 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. Information and registration.
  • 17-18 - MOFGA Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 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. More information. Register here
  • 27–29 - ACORN Conference (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network). Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Largest Canadian organic conference east of Ontario. Check http://www.acornorganic.org for details.


  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 3 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.
  • 4 - 3rd Annual Farmland Access Conference. Monday, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, Maine. Join co-hosts Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust, fellow farmers and colleagues from around New England for a day of discussion and practical information on the challenges of farmland access, transfer and succession, and the ways we can address those challenges together. Registration opens October 25. FMI: contact Erica Buswell: ebuswell@mainefarmlandtrust.org
  • 4 - Deadline for farmers to apply for a Fund-a-Farmer grant of up to $2,500 from Food Animal Concerns Trust to improve farm animal welfare. Grants focus on pasture-based farming systems and farm improvements that result in successful animal welfare certification. Funds are for working, independent family farmers who raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, turkeys, beef cattle and/or sheep. FMI: https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/farmer
  • 7 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. (Snow date December 8.) Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $50 (includes lunch); $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
  • 12-14 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 2017, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. http://newenglandvfc.org/.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Deadline for farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans and Extension personnel for proposals for Organic Farming Research Foundation funding. Research priorities include but are not limited to soil health, innovative weed control, management of emerging insect and disease issues, and livestock health. FMI: http://ofrf.org/2017-grant-application




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