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Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners, and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, and many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. Download or read our 2017 events calendar (8.5"x11").

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

JANUARY 2017

  • 20-22 - NOFA New York Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York. Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of New York's 35th Annual Winter Conference will feature 17 tracks, a seed conference, a seed swap and more. This event will also host the Northeast Organic Seed Conference: Owning Our Seed. Keynote by CR Lawn on the objectives of creating an ethical, sustainable seed system and strategies for overcoming obstacles. Information.
  • 25-28 - Ecological Farming Association 37th EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, California. Prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers and educators - featuring over 70 workshops, plus keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers and delicious organic meals. www.eco-farm.org/conference
  • 28 - NOFA-New Hampshire Winter Conference, featuring keynote speaker Joel Salatin, Concord, N.H. http://www.nofanh.org/
  • 28-29 - NOFA New Jersey Winter Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Features keynote speaker Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of "The Market Gardener." Other highlights include tracks in food and nutrition, beginning farming, homesteading, livestock, advanced/technical farming, and organic gardening. http://www.nofanj.org/winterconference
  • 31 - Landscape Heroes; Carbon, Water and Biodiversity. UMASS, Amherst. Keynote speaker Courtney White, author of "2 Percent Solutions." A collaborative event hosted by Ecological Landscape Alliance, NOFA MASS, Biodiversity for A Livable Climate and the CT NOFA Organic Land Care Program. http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/carbon-conference/

FEBRUARY 2017

  • 2 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Damariscotta. Rising Tide, 323 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine; (207) 563-1161. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA’s Organic Certification. Information.
  • 6 - Dialing in Your High Tunnel for Less Work, Greater Yields, and Higher Profits. Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Stonehill College, 320 Washington St., North Easton, Mass. An intensive on innovative management tools for growers using heated and unheated high tunnels. Lunch option available for additional $10 or bring your own. Cost: NOFA/MOFGA Member - $75 Non-member - $95. Information.
  • 7 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Bangor. Bangor Extension Office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine; (207) 942-7396. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA’s Organic Certification. Information.
  • 9 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Norway. Fareshare Coop, 443 Main Street, Norway, Maine; (207) 743-9044. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA's Organic Certification. Information.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 10 - Rural Maine's Next Economy. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor. A day of celebrating rural Maine and exploring its future. Share your experiences and ideas with over 50 presenters who are working every day to build a new economy in rural Maine. Hosted by Envision Maine; co-sponsored by MOFGA. Agenda and registration.
  • 11 - Beginning Beekeeping Workshop. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Instructor is David Smith of Sparky's Apiaries. Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping. Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Registration. More information.
  • 18-20 - NOFA-Vermont's 35th Annual Winter Conference: "Beyond Borders: Our Role in the Global Food Movement." Saturday through Monday, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. 100+ workshops, speakers, and celebrations for farmers, gardeners, and foodies. Saturday keynote by Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote, agronomist and farmer from Cuba building a food revolution from his bio-intensive 20-acre model farm, Finca Marta. Sunday keynote Dr. Vandana Shiva, tireless crusader on behalf of seed sovereignty and against GMOs. Early registration discount until Feb. 13; additional discounts for NOFA Vermont members and volunteers. More information and online registration is at http://nofavt.org/conference.
  • 19 - Homestead Woodlot Management. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., David Cantieni's house, 105 Hawks Rd., Deerfield, Mass. Smart forest management can help you move towards energy independence while also providing additional income. Cost: NOFA/MOFGA Member - $40 Non-member - $50. Information.
  • 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon; MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Lunch is included on Sunday. More information. Register here.

MARCH 2017

  • 4 - Spring Growth Conference. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker Will Brinton and a panel of farmers focus on soil microbiology. Registration: $75 for individuals, $100 for couples; $25 for students and apprentices. Lunch is included. Register here.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Two locations: Cumberland, Maine, and Mt. Desert, Maine. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here (required). More information.
  • 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Freedom, Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here. More information.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here (required). More information.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Two locations: Mt. Desert, Maine, and Newcastle (Cunningham Island), Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here. More information.
  • 26 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange. Special All-Day Event! MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and Orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and participate in educational workshops. Free!
  • 26 - Maine Maple Sunday. Participating Maine Maple producers (including some organic producers) offer demonstrations, sugarbush tours, activities and samplings of maple products. Information.

APRIL 2017

  • 1 (April 2 snow date) - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke at the Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org
  • 5 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 to 9 p.m., locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening.
  • 8 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two locations: Mt. Desert, Maine, and MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrate whip & tongue and T-budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Please bring a bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Register here. More information.

MAY 2017

  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., location TBD. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 19-21 - Northeast Livestock Exposition. Windsor, Maine. IBGA Boer goat show, poster contest, feeder calf sale, wool pool, equine clinics, rabbit show, youth cook-off, beef-sheep-alpaca displays, shows & sales, educational programs, commercial trade show, Boer goat consignment sale. Demonstrations and exhibits.
  • 25 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.

JUNE 2017

  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 17 - Farm & Homestead Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!
  • 24 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Rd., Cumberland. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest. Instructor: C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.

JULY 2017

  • 6 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

AUGUST 2017

  • 5 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Please bring a bag lunch. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Instructor: Seth Yentes. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-13 - Northeast Organic Farming Association's Summer Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Information.
  • 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp. Liberty, Maine. Join a gathering of heirloom fruit experts, advocates, and farmers to share knowledge and build networks that can facilitate the rescue and conservation our horticultural heritage.
  • 19 - Maine Axe and Saw Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn about the history, making, use, and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools.

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 22-24 - Common Ground Country Fair. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 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. Want to volunteer? FMI volunteers@mofga.org

OCTOBER 2017

  • 7-9 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • 3-5 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. 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.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 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.
  • 17-18 - 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, safety and an opportunity to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is designed for the saw operator who has experience, but want to practice and improve upon his or her technique.

DECEMBER 2017

  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

    

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