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Each grower's meeting will contain presentations on:

Managing Soil Health

Organic farmers are much more than crop managers. They are stewards of a myriad of microorganisms in the soil. Managing these microscopic species of bacteria, fungi and others builds soil. Eric will discuss the importance of organic matter in feeding these critters and building better soil.

Parasites
Diane Schivera will take about lice, mites, and other external parasites that plague your livestock. She will offer management to avoid these pests and methods to control them.

Farm Food Safety Updates
Designing the Packing Shed and Writing a Recall Plan. Are your packing areas designed to minimize contamination from entering the food stream? Does your farm have a recall plan for food that may be implicated in a food bourne illness? Resources and tips on packing area design and writing your farm recall plan.

Organic Certification: News, Feedback, Q&A, New Applicant Assistance
MOFGA Certifications Services will present a brief update about National Organic Program changes that impact certified producers. We'll also have updates about what our program is doing in 2014 and answer your questions about staying or getting certified. Those thinking about certification are encouraged to attend; application materials and assistance with the forms will be available.

A facilitated hour of discussions and questions will follow the presentations.

Please arrive early! We will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. Note that the York County meeting starts at 2 p.m.


York County Grower Meeting
York County Extension Office,
Nasson Heritage Room, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sustenance: We'll provide snacks and coffee.
Who: You – organic growers & processors and would-be organic growers & processors. Folks who want a vibrant Organic Maine economy.
Cost: Nada. Free.

Register online at www.formstack.com/forms/MOFGA-rsvp__copy


Franklin County Grower Meeting
Farmington Grange Hall #12, 124 Bridge St., Route 43 West, West Farmington
Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sustenance: We'll provide snacks and coffee.
Who: You – organic growers & processors and would-be organic growers & processors. Folks who want a vibrant Organic Maine economy.
Cost: Nada. Free.

Register online at www.formstack.com/forms/MOFGA-rsvp__copy


Aroostook County Grower Meeting
Southern Aroostook Agriculture Museum, Littleton
Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sustenance: We'll provide snacks and coffee.
Who: You – organic growers & processors and would-be organic growers & processors. Folks who want a vibrant Organic Maine economy.
Cost: Nada. Free.

Register online at www.formstack.com/forms/MOFGA-rsvp__copy


Washington County Grower Meeting
Cancelled: Thursday, March 13, 2014


    

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