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 The MOFGA Calendar

October 2015

  • TBD - Fair Steering Committee Joint Meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 9-12 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn the basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished small building. Some scholarships available. The cost, $500 ($450 for HVNC and MOFGA members), includes lunch and materials. No previous carpentry experience is necessary. http://hvnc.org, bambi@hvnc.org or 200-8840
  • 10 and 11 - Pack-basket Weaving Weekend. 9am Saturday to mid-afternoon Sunday. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $275, all meals provided. Information: Koviashuvik: Pack-basket Weaving Weekend
  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Information.
  • 11 - The Maine Cheese Guild Open Creamery Day. 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. Information.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Planning Team Wrap-up Meeting. Wednesday, 6 p.m. For more information contact April at aprilb@mofga.org or 568-4142.
  • 14 - Will Allen: "Urban Farming and Its Relationship to Strong Local Communities." Wednesday, 7pm, Ostrove Auditorium (Diamond Building), Colby College, Waterville. Allen is the founder of Growing Power Inc., an organization that promotes and offers training for urban farms worldwide, seeking to bring healthy food to densely populated areas and build strong communities. Sponsored by the Oak Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Colby College. More on Will Allen and his work can be found at www.growingpower.org.
  • 16 - 4th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, 15 Stanley Rd., Clinton. Contact Renee Page, rpage@mcd.org; 207-588-5020. Details and registration.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day. Noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers; kids get in free! Schedule and information.
  • 19 - Women Owning Woodlands Workshop. Monday, 9:00-4:00 (rain date Oct. 30), Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine. Cosponsored by MOFGA. $45 ($40 for HVNC and MOFGA members); lunch included. Some scholarships available. FMI: hvnc.org, 200-8840 or bambi@hvnc.org.
  • 19 - Farmland Access Conference. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Commons, Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. A day-long conference on the challenges farmers face in gaining access to farmland, as well as the tools and resources to help improve access. Presented by Maine Farmland Trust, American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. $25; register online at Maine Farmland Trust or call (207) 338-6575.
  • 20 - Four Season Farming Workshop, Point Lookout Farm, Northport. Learn about season extension practices for commercial growers and moveable greenhouses with Clara Coleman and the MOFGA-certified organic Point Lookout farmers. A small registration fee will cover a local lunch. Information from Maine Farmland Trust.
  • 25 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MOFGA library. The afternoon session will be a joint meeting of the Board and the Fair Steering Committee.
  • 26, 27 and November 2, 3 - Organic Land Care. NOFA's full accreditation course held in Greenwich, Conn. http://organiclandcare.net/
  • 26-29 - USDA National Organic Standards Board meets in Stowe, Vermont, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2017, and guidance on organic policies. Details.
  • 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

  • 2 - New Hampshire Pollinator Summit – Global Issues, Local Solutions. Concord, N.H.
  • 4 - eOrganic webinar: Making and Using Compost Teas. 2 p.m. Eastern Time, presented by Lynne Carpenter-Boggs and CeCe Crosby of Washington State University. Free; advance registration required.
  • 6-8 - MOFGA's 2015 Farmer to Farmer Conference. Friday through Sunday, Point Lookout Resort, 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.
  • 12 - The Food Hub Hubbub: Fad or Future? Slow Money Maine daylong gathering, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Preregistration required.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12-14: Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's 2015 Conference - Putting MOVE in the Movement! Pre-Conference Sessions: Thurs., Nov. 12; Conference: Fri. and Sat., November 13-14. Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Keynote speaker: Shirley Sherrod, a longtime civil rights activist and advocate for family farms and food justice. Information and registration.
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Fundraising Committee. 10:00 a.m. to noon in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Finance Committee. Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 14-15 - Maine Harvest Festival. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Renowned Maine chefs, over 49,000 square feet filled with State of Maine growers and their harvest, bakers, cheese makers, vintners, brewers and fiber artisans with demonstrations, sampling, sales, music and more. Admission $8/person; children 12 and under free. Buy tickets at the Cross Insurance Center box office and at the door on the days of the festival. Additional charges for beer, wine & spirits tasting. Visit MOFGA's table! Information.
  • 14-15 - The Business of Farming for Wholesale: A Two-Day Intensive Workshop. Saturday and Sunday, Black Bear Inn, Orono. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust. For experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets. Available tuition-free to farmers who participated in this spring's Harvesting Maine's New Wholesale Opportunities. Other farms may apply to participate. Details and registration online at Maine Farmland Trust or contact: Jed Beach at beach.jed@gmail.com.
  • 19-22 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. More information.
  • 20-21 - 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. More information.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.
  • 6 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 8 - QuickBooks Training presented by Farm Credit East. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $450 per farm (up to 2 people may attend per session). Bring your own bag lunch. Details.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

January 2016

  • 12-14 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center.
  • 16 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference. Worcester, Mass.


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