"One hears a lot about the rules of good husbandry; there is only one — leave the land far better than you found it."
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  • 18 - Learning from Our Observations of Pastures & Livestock: Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy. 2 p.m. Free webinar. Register at www.extension.org/pages/71819

January 2015

  • 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6 - Health problems with the digestive system of poultry. Tuesday, 2 p.m. EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. As the first in a four part webinar series on poultry health, Dr. Frame will start with an introduction to chicken health programs and then discuss problems with the digestive system. Information on extension.org
  • January 11 - MOFGA Penobscot County Annual Stone Soup Social. Bangor Grange, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor. Get your vegetables chopped. No need to bring bowls or spoons as we have plenty. The soup starts with just a big pot of broth over a fire and it’s up to you to add a tasty morsel. We will have two pots of broth going; one chicken broth and one tomato stock for a minestrone vegetarian soup. You bring something to throw into one of these pots (prepped and ready to toss in). We will also be open to folks bringing bread/crackers, desserts, appetizers or drinks (non-alcoholic). Gather around the cauldron, doors opening at 2pm, meal to be served around 3:00  Come and enjoy this community social and warm yourself on a cold winter day with soup and socializing. RSVP; please respond with: how many people you are bringing, what you plan to bring. Galen.the.beekeeper@gmail.com or 207-745-4797
  • 13 - MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Augusta Civic Center. MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. Presentations are held in the Cumberland Room, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room, and the Androscoggin Room (one presentation, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.). There is no pre-registration for the day's events. MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs. Details.
  • 13 - MOFGA annual membership meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, 1:30 p.m., Augusta Civic Center. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of board members. Q&A period. Information.
  • 13 - Salmonella and backyard poultry flocks. Tuesday, 3:00 pm EST. Free webinar presented by Dr. Colin Basler of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on extension.org
  • 13-15 - State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center. Details.
  • 14 - Quality of Eggs from Different Production Systems. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Free webinar led by Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky. Register at eXtension.org.
  • 20 - Rotational No-Till, Mulching and Conservation Tillage for Organic Vegetable Farms. 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar presented by Jan-Hendrik Cropp, a farmer pioneering organic no-till and minimal tillage systems, a consultant on soil fertility, and a freelance journalist living in Germany. He recently returned to Germany from a 3-month research trip across the US and Canada, where he met innovators in organic no-till and reduced tillage. Learn more about his work at http://bodenfruchtbarkeit.net/ber-uns.html (in German). Webinar information on extension.org
  • 21-24 - The Ecological Farming Association 35th annual EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, California. More than 70 educational and technical workshops for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, consumers, students and educators; keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, live entertainment, discussion groups, mixers, delicious organic meals and libations. FMI and to register: www.eco-farm.org
  • 31 - Deadline to apply for The Herb Society of America annual research grants to students, professionals and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history. Details.

February 2015

  • 2-3 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Led by Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm and author of “The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook."
  • 3 - Health problems with the respiratory system of poultry. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. This is the second in a poultry-related health series looking at health problems associated with the poultry respiratory system. Information on extension.org
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 10 - Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Ecological Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms to Suppress Insects. 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar presented by California organic farmers Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato. Information on extension.org
  • 11 - Health Concerns for Egg Layers. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Free webinar led by Dr. Michael Darre, University of Connecticut. Register at eXtension.org.
  • 17 - Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar on using air-propelled abrasive grits for weed management in organic grain and vegetable crops. Presented by Dr. Sam Wortman, Dr. Frank Forcella, Dr. Sharon Clay and Dr. Daniel Humburg. Information on extension.org
  • Late Feb. and early March - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs in locations around Maine. Local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way.

March 2015

  • 3 - Health problems with the poultry skeletal system. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. The third webinar in the poultry health series will look at the skeletal system and different health issues that can develop. Information on extension.org
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker John Aber and a panel of farmers focus on weather- and climate-related changes farmers are experiencing. Includes open discussion on strategies for farmers to deal with changing climate.
  • 10 - Promoting Native Bee Pollinators in Organic Farming Systems. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EDT. Free webinar presented by David Crowder and Elias Bloom of Washington State University. Information on extension.org
  • 11 - Managing Egg Laying Flocks. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Free webinar led by Dr. Michael Darre, University of Connecticut and others. Register at eXtension.org.
  • 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginning and experienced growers.
  • 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. This course, sponsored by MOFGA and led by Eric Sideman, is geared for those who are considering converting to organic or starting an organic farm.
  • 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Locations TBD. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Learn how to renovate and tend your heritage trees.
  • 21 - Rural Living Day, Thorndike. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and UMaine Cooperative Extension. Classes on gardening, forestry and rural life. FMI: UMaine Extension, 1-800-287-1426
  • 21 - Maine Grass Farmers Network annual conference, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield.
  • 29 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and to participate in educational workshops. Free!
  • 31 - Deadline to apply for MOFGA’s Organic Farmer Loan Fund, intended particularly to help organic farmers establishing credit history for their farms. Funds, generally between $5,000 to $20,000, may be used for working capital or farm equipment. Available to MOFGA-certified organic farmers; farmers transitioning to organic production; current participants and graduates of MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program. Applications accepted beginning Jan. 1. Information.

April 2015

  • 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7 - Immune system and vaccination programs for poultry flocks. Tuesday, 2:00 pm EST. Free webinar led by Dr. David Frame of Utah State University. The final webinar in this health-related series will focus on the avian immune system and vaccination programs for poultry flocks. Dr. Frame will also discuss things to do to minimize health challenges. Information on extension.org
  • 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden. 6 to 9 p.m. Classes held in locations throughout Maine to give gardeners the skills and knowledge to transition from conventional to organic gardening.
  • 11 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees, Unity. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Participants graft trees to take home and plant.
  • 16 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. Co-sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension; for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale.
  • 18 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101, Unity. Join Michael Phillips, author of “The Apple Grower,” for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies.
  • 25 - Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course begins. Cosponsored by The Resilience Hub and MOFGA. A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running April through October 2015. $250. Details. 


May 2015


June 2015

Weekly beginning in June: MOFGA’s Farm Training Project Workshops in locations around Maine. Apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network.

  • 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!
  • 27 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD. Tips and tricks to care for your orchard through the summer and get your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall.

July 2015

  • 9 - Poultry Processing, Unity. MOFGA’s organic livestock expert Diane Schivera and Nettie Fox Farm farmer Everett Ottinger teach how to process your own meat birds successfully and sanitarily.

August 2015

  • 8 - Bud Grafting, Monroe. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot.

September 2015

  • 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, 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. To volunteer, contact volunteers@mofga.org.

October 2015

  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

November 2015

  • 7-9 - Farmer to Farmer Conference, Northport. 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.
  • TBD - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD - 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.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.


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