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Homestead tours with MOFGA!

Join us this summer for a series of tours of Maine homesteads, gardens, and more. We'll learn some new skills, see some beautiful places, and enjoy the company of other MOFGA members and friends. Entrance is by donation. Email Anna at
alibby@mofga.org with any questions or for more information.

2017 tours are show below

Wild Plant Walk with Tom Seymour
June 29, 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Education Center, Unity
Tom Seymour, author of Wild Plants of Maine: A Useful Guide, will guide us on a walk around the MOFGA grounds. We'll look together for useful wild plants and learn how to identify and use them.

Garden Pest & Disease Walk at a Community Garden
July 12, 6:00 p.m., 195 North Street, Portland
Join MOFGA's own Eric Sideman as we explore one of Cultivating Community's community gardens and learn about summer pests and diseases in the garden. Meet us at 195 North Street in Portland near the Eastern Promenade.

Tour a Coffee Roaster
July 19, 5:30 p.m., 44 North, 7 Main Street, Deer Isle
Founded on the principle that fresh and ethically sourced coffee sips best, 44 North custom roasts 100% Arabica coffee beans on a small island off the coast of Maine.

Seaweed Nursery Tour
July 26, 6:00 p.m., CCAR, 33 Salmon Farm Rd., Franklin
The sea vegetable nursery at the University of Maine's Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) supports the development of the new sea vegetable aquaculture industry in Maine through research, development, and seed provision of native sea vegetable species, including sugar kelp, skinny kelp, winged kelp, dulse, and laver. The nursery has been organically certified through MOFGA since 2016, and will be offering organic seed for sale this year. For more information see the website:

Garden Walk with MOFGA Members June & Adam
August 7, 5:30 p.m., Avant Gardens, West Gardiner
Avant Gardens is an experiment in retirement homesteading. On just less than 2 acres, Adam Tomash and June Zellers have fruit trees, berry bushes, grapes, asparagus, bees, pollinator gardens, and a thriving organic vegetable garden. Their aim is to grow almost all their own fruits and vegetables in a sustainable manner. The address is 751 High Street, West Gardiner.

Explore a Fiber Farm
August 15, 5:30 p.m., Friends' Folly Farm, 319 Norris Hill Road, Monmouth
Join us for an evening at a fiber focused farm. Meet the Angora goats, tour the fiber processing mill, visit our yurt which includes fiber products and vintage treasures. Then sample a light meal featuring goat meat chili and homemade bread & cheese. For directions go to:
friendsfollyfarm.com. Just off Route 202 in Monmouth.

Tour a Homestead As It Begins
August 31, 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Road, Windsor
You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after two seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project and provide a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Road, Windsor (the second driveway on the right).

Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts
September 5, 5:30 p.m., Super Chilly Farm, 167 Turner Mill Pond Road, Palermo
Join famed apple expert John Bunker and Cammy Watts at their homestead in Palermo to explore their orchards and learn more about Maine's apple heritage.



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