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 The MOFGA Calendar

JULY 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 28 & 29 - Kneading Conference. Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Long-time MOFGA member Albie Barden will speak on "Connecting with the Sacred Spirit of Plants,” one of many inspiring talks there. Keynote speaker will be Amy Halloran, author of "The New Bread Basket." Information: Erin at erin@mainegrainalliance.com or register at kneadingconference.com.
  • 30 - Women and Our Woods Workshop. Saturday, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Join fellow women woodland owners, foresters, and other professionals; bring your questions about forest management and share your story of why your land matters. Registration: $45 General, $40 for members of Midcoast Conservancy, HVNC, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust. $25 for students. Scholarships available. For details: midcoastconservancy.org/events, email ali@midcoastconservancy.org, or call 389-5150.
  • 31 - Spirit: Healing with Flowers and Meditation. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Taught by Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals. Come celebrate the healing gifts of flowers. Including a quiet plant meditation, preparing of a flower essence, and learning how to grow, gather and use the various medicinal flowers in Avena’s garden. Students will take home a flower essence and calendula salve made during the class. Includes vegetarian lunch and fresh flower tea. $85. Non-refundable deposit to register is $20.  To register call 207-370-4775 or visit www.avenabotanicals.com for more information.

AUGUST 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 2 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Cut Flower Primer. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Honeysuckle Way, Whitefield. Details.
  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $35 members; $50 non-members. Information.
  • 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Ecological Pest Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren. Details.
  • 11 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., prior to Fair Steering Commiittee Meeting, Unity. 2017 Fair artwork will be selected.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12-14 - NOFA Summer Conference. UMass Amherst, Mass. 2016 keynote speakers: Dr. Christine Jones, agricultural educator on sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices; Leah Penniman, food justice activist and farmer at Soul Fire Farm, and André Leu, international organic agronomist and President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Work exchange and scholarships available; also family discounts. Details: www.nofasummerconference.org
  • 14 - Needle Felting Workshop. Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m., 769 Congress Street, Portland. Join our instructor, Jessica Peill-Meininghaus, as we create a set of needle felted greetings cards you can share with your friends and family! Learn to use a felting needle and dyed wool to make some art. Feel free to bring some images to inspire you as you work – maybe a farming scene! A $10 material fee is included in the cost of registration. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for children aged 12 and under. Contact: Email alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142. Registration
  • 15-16 - Biointensive Gardening with Jodi Roebuck of Taranaki, New Zealand, at Whole Systems Design, Mad River Valley, Vt. $395. Information.
  • 15, 16, 22 and 23 - Maine Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care. University of Southern Maine, Portland. Hosted by NOFA, co-sponsored by MOFGA and others. More Information at http://www.organiclandcare.net. Registration here with information on discounts and payment plans.
  • 17 - Kitchen Workday with Frank Giglio. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Chef Frank Giglio (www.cheffrankgiglio.com) will lead this workday as we create new dishes and stock the MOFGA freezers. FMI or to RSVP: Anna, alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.
  • 17 - Conservation Farm Tour/Farm Training Project Workshop: Conservation Practices on a Diversified Farm. Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., Frith Farm, Scarborough. Tour the animal and vegetable operation at Frith Farm and learn about conservation practices used there, including no-till, high tunnels, cover cropping, mulching and tractor-less veggie growing. Potluck to follow. Co-sponsored by MOFGA, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. To register and FMI: Katy Green, kgreen@mofga.org, 568-6021. Details.
  • 20-21 - Maine Axe and Saw Meet-up. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn about the history, making, use and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools. FMI: alexandersoldtools@gmail.com
  • TBD - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Mushroom Production. 5 p.m., Cap N' Stem Mushroom Co., Gardiner. Details.
  • 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Seed Saving on a Diversified Farm. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Details.
  • TBD - Farm Training Project Workshop: Breaking Down Livestock Production. Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 3 - Introduction to Permaculture workshop with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel; cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature. Register ($50, includes lunch) at www.deerislehostel.com or 207-348-2308. Scholarships available. Participants are welcome to stay at the hostel the night before the workshop for $25 with communal dinner.
  • 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Raw Land: What's Your Plan? Wednesday, 5 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, Windsor. Details.
  • 8 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 12-4 p.m., Christ Church, Gardiner. Free and open to everyone… entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit representatives. No membership required and all are welcome. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 15 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Apprentice to Journeyperson. Thursday, 5 p.m., Bumbleroot Farm, Buxton. Details.
  • 23-25 - Common Ground Country Fair. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 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.

OCTOBER 2016

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. Saturday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th. Information.
  • 16 - Great Maine Apple Day. Rain or shine: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA. Information.
  • 23 - MOFGA Board Meeting with Fair Steering Committee. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Unity. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

NOVEMBER 2016

  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, 67 Atlantic Highway (Route One), 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.
  • 9 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 2:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Wednesday, 2 to 5:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9-10 - 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. Holiday Inn, Boxborough, Mass. Educational sessions, workshops, trade show. Pesticide recertification credits available. Information.
  • 10 - Annual Slow Money Maine Daylong Gathering. Hutchinson Center, Belfast. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 17-20 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. Information.
  • 18-19 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use including - the basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety and an opportunity to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is designed for the saw operator who has experience, but want to practice and improve upon his or her technique. Information.

DECEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 8 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Course is designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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