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 The MOFGA Calendar

September

  • 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine
  • 23 - Eliot Coleman to speak on Educational Agriculture at the University of Maine at Presque Isle Distinguished Lecturer Series. 7 p.m., Campus Center. Free and open to the public. FMI, contact Gayla Shaw at 768-9452 or gshaw@umpi.edu.
  • 25-26 - The 14th Annual NODPA (Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance) Field Days and Annual Meeting, Keene, N.H. Details.
  • 26 - Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides. Free disposal program open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. Collected chemicals go to out-of-state disposal facilities licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency where they are incinerated or reprocessed. Drop-ins are not permitted. For registration and information about temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC website or call 207-287-2731.
  • 26 to 28 - 11th annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend for potential and already active organizers, with theme "Tactics for Organizers," for MOFGA supporters and others, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, $10-80 (sliding scale so affordable for all). For a brochure and more information: Larry Dansinger, ROSC, (207) 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net.
  • 26-28 - Draft Animal-Power Network Annual Gathering, Cummington, Mass. Details.
  • 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change. Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Hall at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Celebrate 70 years of Heifer International's work. Cultivating Community farmers will share their bounty. Be inspired by stories of Heifer's work in Maine, the USA and around the world. Refreshments, displays, and a musical program with guest Kate Schrock. Visit the MOFGA table. Register at www.heifer.org/communities or call 877-243-4337 (877.A.HEIFER). Information: kate.sheehan@heifer.org #beyondhunger
  • 28 - Orcharding Workshop with John Bunker. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $50 (lunch included). Scholarships available. Early registration recommended. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop for a $25 fee (includes communal dinner). Information: 207-348-2308 or www.deerislehostel.com.
  • 28 - "Growing Local" film premiere at Camden International Film Festival. 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., The Strand Theatre, Rockland. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion on "Taking Local to the Next Level" with Ted Quaday of MOFGA, Bonnie Rukin of Slow Money Maine, and Amanda Beal, moderated by John Piotti of Maine Farmland Trust. Information.

October

  • 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - 2nd Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, self-guided tour will bring together chicken enthusiasts while encouraging education, community and local food. Participants will also see honeybees, gardens, large livestock and root cellars. Want to have your coop on the tour? Basic qualifying criteria include coop cleanliness, bird health, visitor safety and available parking for visitors. Information on Facebook or email kitchens.sharon@gmail.com.
  • 5 - Herb Blending Day. Sunday, 3 p.m., Argyle Acres farm, Argyle, Maine. Hosted by the Penobscot County chapter of MOFGA. We will make rubs, salad dressing mixes, spaghetti sauce mixes, salsa mixes and more. Bring your dried herbs and recipes (to share), jars to put your blends into. This will be a day for visiting and making our own herb mixes. No dried herbs, no problem; bring a snack for the table. No fee. Everyone is welcome (members, friends of members, and anyone interested in MOFGA). Information: Galen 207-745-4797, or galen.the.beekeeper@gmail.com
  • 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop. Full - wait list registration only. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday. All three days: $200 per person; MOFGA Journeypersons free. Fees cover materials, take-home documentation, a light breakfast and a delicious lunch each day. Full details. Registration.
  • 12 - Maine Cheese Guild Open Creamery Day. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. List of open creameries.
  • 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Colby College, Waterville. Roundtable discussion and workshops about moving more local food into Maine campuses, hospitals and other institutions. Keynote by Clara Coleman. MOFGA staff members will participate in panel discussions throughout the day. Information and registration.
  • 14 - Free eOrganic Webinar: Using Cover Crop Mixtures. 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Researchers at Penn State University will discuss the use of cover crop “cocktails” or mixtures to achieve weed suppression, nitrogen scavenging, nitrogen provisioning and attracting beneficial insects and pollinators. Results from a study of winter cover crops in a grain and forage research project at the Penn State Rock Springs Research Farm and from several Pennsylvania farms will be shown. They will also review issues of cover crop timing, termination, and general management to aid in farmer insight and adoption of cover crop mixes. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speakers. Advance registration is required.
  • 15 - Slow Money Maine Gathering, Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.
  • 19 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 24-25 - ESTIA's 11th annual conference on Building Sustainable Communities: International, National and Local Perspectives. The goal of this conference is to make Maine and the UM campus communities aware of international, national and local efforts in building sustainable communities, whether they involve eco-municipalities, transition towns, ecovillages or ecocities around the world and in Maine. Another goal is to show the connections between international peace efforts and sustainability, emphasizing the importance of ethics and social responsibility as foundations for community resilience. Register at www.estiamaine.org.
  • 25 - Great Maine Apple Day. Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of diversified perennial agriculture. Bring apples for identification. Details.

November

  • 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. Farmers and other agricultural professionals discuss topics in depth. Information.
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 13 - Deadline for Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grants, which can be multi-year in length and are capped at $15,000. These grants are focused on connecting agricultural professionals and farmers to conduct on-farm research.
  • 13 - Slow Money Maine daylong gathering. Focus: “Growing Up: Meeting Business Failures While Building a Food Economy.” Details.
  • 13 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. 10:00 - 12:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. 12:00 - 2:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center. Explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities and increase markets. This workshop will offer a range of information about cooperatives, including examples of current farm cooperatives. The participatory environment will enable people to work together to design a cooperative farm business. FMI and to register ($20-$30 sliding scale with barter options): www.cooperativefermentation.org.
  • 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry. An introductory course to bring everyone up to speed on LIF principles and practices. For some it may be a review; for others it will be a day full of new information. Cost and registration details.
  • 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference. Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Cosponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. For farmers, beekeepers, entomologists, policy makers and others interested in protecting pollinators. State and national experts on pollinators, beekeeping and pesticides will share the latest scientific research on factors affecting pollinator health and best practices for their protection. Register by October 31, 2014: $50.00/person; after October 31, 2014: $75.00/person; deadline to register: November 14. FMI: Meghan Dill, meghan.dill@maine.edu or (207) 581-3878. Registration.
  • 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Targeted to farmers and landowners on general negotiating concepts with examples specific to agriculture. FREE but pre-registration required. Registration limited; closes Nov. 13. Bring your own lunch to this all-day event. Details on MOFGA.org. Registration.
  • 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Basic saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety; safe felling techniques. $160 - Free for MOFGA Journeypersons. Details and registration.
  • 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. See how foresters have improved MOFGA’s woodlot; work with experienced teamsters; use a portable sawmill; fit harnesses and collars; learn basic driving skills, safety and more. Details and registration.

December

  • 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For those interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.
  • 7 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.

 


    

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