MOFGA Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services are pleased to announce this year's Growers' Meetings, which will take place in Cooperative Extension offices in Franklin, Hancock and Knox/Lincoln counties. Arrive in the morning for an opportunity to take the Pesticide Applicator License exam and join us from 1 to 4 p.m. for this year's programming. We will have a session on certification, a session on soil health, and a session on crop planning presented by local farmers. The meetings also provide an opportunity to comment on MOFGA's Agricultural Services and Certification programs. You don't need to be a MOFGA certified grower to attend the meeting; all are welcome, and staff will be available to answer questions about certification.
Franklin County Grower Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Franklin County Extension Office - 138 Pleasant St. Suite 1, Farmington. Crop planning session presented by local dairy farmers Richard Corey, Jim Davis and Henry Hardy.
Hancock County Grower Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hancock County Extension Office - 63 Boggy Brook Rd., Ellsworth
Lincoln / Knox County Grower Meeting
Friday, March 27, 2015
Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Office - 377 Manktown Rd., Waldoboro
This year's programming includes 3 parts. We will have a session on certification, a session on soil health and a session on crop planning presented by local farmers. We will also offer the opportunity to take the Pesticide Applicator License exam before we dive into our material. If you are taking the exam you must RSVP at least 8 days prior to exam date, but we would encourage all growers to RSVP for the meeting either way.
2015 Organic Grower Meetings Schedule
10:30 am - Arrive if you are taking the Pesticide Applicator License exam
11:00 am - Pesticide Applicator License Testing (Must RSVP at least 8 days prior to exam date.)
1:00 pm - Introductions
1:15 pm - Certification - Staff from MOFGA Certification Services will highlight important changes regarding the National Organic Program as well as our own program. We will go over frequently asked questions and common mistakes made by producers seeking certification. A Q&A will follow. Staff will also be available for individual conversations with producers about their application paperwork.
2:00 pm - Soil Health - It is more than half a century now since William Albrecht began talking about "feeding the soil to feed the plants", and that J.I. and Robert Rodale made this the king-pin of organic agriculture. The thesis is that healthy soil leads to healthful crops and healthy consumers. We will talk about what a healthy soil looks like, and how to build and maintain it.
2:45 pm - Crop Planning - Crop planning is integral to a successful farm operation. Determining how crops will follow in a rotation as well as the ability to work in green manures and cover crops can be overwhelming. At each meeting local farmers in the county who have been successful in creating a crop rotation plan will present their strategies and the elements involved in the planning routine.
If you have any questions please email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.