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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.

FEBRUARY 2018

  • 21 - Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Winter. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Registration
  • 23 - Competing in Maine's Organic Grain Economy. Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle. Register by February 16. FMI: Alex at alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org or 207-338-6575
  • 25 - Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine. Full-day workshop designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Scholarships available. Information and registration.

MARCH 2018

  • 2 - 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's Spring Growth Conference: Seedling Production. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. There is no place more important to get off to a good start than growing seedlings for your farm. The program at Spring Growth this year will help you evaluate your production with topics from how to set up the production equipment (benches, containers, etc.), evaluate your soil mix, keep up the plant nutrition and avoid problems. Hear from farmers and service providers including Ann Mefferd, Mary Ellen Chadd, Alicyn Smart, Bruce Hoskins and Stephanie Burnett. Information. Fee: $75 for individuals, $100 for couples. Lunch is included. Registration
  • 10 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Apple Trees. Three locations: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor; Morning Glory Farm, Bethel; MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality yield. For beginners and experienced growers. Registration
  • 12 - Maine Best Greenhouse Practices Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Roger Clapp Greenhouses, University of Maine, Orono. Registration open until March 5 or until all 60 seats are filled. This year's theme is "sustainability." Clapp Greenhouses rely almost exclusively on biocontrol to manage pests. Clapp also has a MOFGA-certified organic section where students grow food for a CSA enterprise and microgreens for campus dining halls. Information and registration
  • 13 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seasons Event & Conference Center, Portland. Topics include a legislative update, multispecies cover crops, browntail moth management, value-added products, permanent beds, paper mulch trials and more. Register by March 2. Information
  • 14 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center. Topics include a legislative update, multispecies cover crops, browntail moth management, value-added products, permanent beds, paper mulch trials and more. Register by March 2. Information
  • 17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees. Three locations: Morning Glory Farm, Bethel; Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert; Kermit S. Nickerson School, Swanville. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and tend your heritage trees. Registration
  • 19-22 - 2018 AgrAbility National Training Workshop, Portland, Maine. Premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking and special events. Information
  • 25 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, 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!
  • 29 - Beginning Poultry. Thursday, 6 p.m., MOFGA's Education Center, Unity, Maine. Thinking of adding some layer hens, broilers, ducks or geese to your backyard this year? Join MOFGA's own Diane Schivera to learn all you need to know about starting your flock. We'll cover housing, feed and more. Registration

APRIL 2018

  • 4 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., locations statewide, hosted by community adult education programs. Information
  • 5 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $35 for MOFGA members and $50 for non-members. Registration
  • 6 - 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
  • 7 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at two locations: Unity and Bar Harbor, Maine. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Registration
  • 8 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 12 - Swine Education Seminar. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine. Cost: $25.00 per person, includes lunch and hall rental; OR $20.00 for paid members of Maine Pork Producers. Make checks payable to: Maine Pork Producers. Mail to: Dept of ACF, Cindy Kilgore, SHS 28, Augusta, ME 04333-0028. Contact: ; 215-4968.
  • 14 - Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. 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
  • 21 - Earth Day Work Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
  • 22 - Cooking Class. 3 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. In partnership with MOFGA and Learning English Through Cooking (a project with Capitol Area New Mainers Project and Cooperative Extension). FMI: alibby@mofga.org
  • 21 - Planting Day at the Maine Heritage Orchard
  • 28 - Empty Bowl Supper hosted by the MOFGA El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Belfast, Maine. Information

MAY 2018

  • 4 - 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
  • 5 - Maine Permaculture Design Course. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration
  • 9 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices – Crops. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. One-day immersion course on the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. Registration
  • 12 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees with John Bunker and Laura Sieger. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike, Maine. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. Registration
  • 16 - Organic Farming Principles & Practices: Livestock 101 - Basic Handling. Wednesday, Misty Brook Farm, Albion, Maine. Fee: $100; $75 for MOFGA members. When considering value-added endeavors, medium to large livestock are often a valuable addition to an operation. Knowing proper handling and first aid techniques can save lots of money and grief. Details and registration

JUNE 2018

  • 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. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 14 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration
  • 16 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Tips and tricks for caring for your orchard through summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in fall. Registration
  • 23 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!

JULY 2018

  • 6 – 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
  • 26 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

AUGUST 2018

  • 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 - Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Information and registration
  • 9 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Unity
  • 9 - MOFGA Fair Steering Committee meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Unity
  • TBA - Maine Apple Camp.

SEPTEMBER 2018

  • 7 - 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
  • 21-23 – Common Ground Country Fair! 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

OCTOBER 2018

  • 5 - 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
  • 6-8 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 14 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 21 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity

NOVEMBER 2018

  • 2 - 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
  • 2-4 - 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.
  • TBD – Low Impact Forestry Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD – Chainsaw Safety. 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.

DECEMBER 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 6 - Kitchen Licensing Worksop. 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
  • 7 - 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

 


    

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