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SEPTEMBER 2016

  • 29 - Putting Your Gardens to Bed for Winter. Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bonny Eagle High School Room 210, 700 Saco Rd., Standish. Learn the best way to put your garden to bed for the winter so springtime garden prep is short and easy. Julee has been in organic farming for twenty years and is a member of MOFGA. She'll show you how to make garden prep less frustrating and your time in the garden more fun! Fee: $19. Register on-line: www.sad6.maineadulted.org

OCTOBER 2016

  • 2 - Introduction to Fermentation. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground on the Town, 769 Congress St., Portland. Fermentation is a traditional practice that has been used for thousands of years as a way to preserve food for extended use. Join Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm and learn the basic fundamentals of fermentation. In this hands-on class, you will learn a variety of techniques to properly ferment a wide range of ingredients. $55; $45 MOFGA members. Registration.
  • 4 to 9 - Film: "Seed – the Untold Story." Frontier Cafe and Cinema, 14 Maine St., Mill 3 Fort Andross, Brunswick. (207) 725-5222. Website.
  • 5 - Cider: The History of its Decline and Rebirth. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground on the Town, 769 Congress Street, Portland. Hard Cider is a drink with deep roots in Maine stretching back to the seventeenth century. It is now the basis of a booming new industry that draws on that tradition with modern twists. This talk will explore the history of cider in Maine from settlement through the temperance movement of the nineteenth century and beyond to examine its virtual disappearance in the state as a commercial enterprise in the twentieth century. Interestingly, the decline of cider in the twentieth century may have very little to do with Prohibition. Come learn what makes heirloom apples so great for making cider, and why you would not want to eat some cider varieties. $20, $15 MOFGA members. Registration.
  • 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 - Aroostook Apple Day. 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Littleton Agricultural Museum, 1664 Rt. 1, Littleton Maine. Free admission! Celebrate fruit varieties for the North with apple identification, apple tasting, fruit displays, workshops on plums, apples and pears, organic pest and disease management, plus vendor sales of local products. Cosponsored by MOFGA, Fedco Trees, Maine Farmland Trust and Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: Angie Wotton, www.saswcd.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. Information.
  • 9 - Maine Cheese Guild Open Creamery Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals and learn about Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Map and list of participating cheese makers at www.mainecheeseguild.org
  • 10 - Landscape Quilting Workshop. Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, MOFGA's Common Ground on the Town, 769 Congress St., Portland. Join quilter Nora Flanagan and learn to make a landscape quilt. You’ll get to begin your project at this hands-on workshop. $55; $45 MOFGA members. Registration.
  • 12 - Gardening Q & A with Eric Sideman. Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground on the Town, 769 Congress St., Portland. Join MOFGA's Crop Specialist Eric Sideman who will be available to answer all of your gardening questions. This event is by donation. For information contact the MOFGA office: 207-568-4142; mofga@mofga.org.
  • 13 - Flower Arranging Workshop. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground on the Town, 769 Congress Street, Portland. Presented by Andrea Bachynsky, owner of Honeysuckle Way Flower Farm & Design. FMI: Anna, alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142. Registration: $50 for MOFGA members, $55 for non-members, at http://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=256&categoryId=1
  • 14 - 5th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Bates College, Lewiston. Cost ($25) includes locally sourced lunch. Information and registration
  • 15 - Post-Fair Cleanup. 9 a.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Help us clean up after the Fair and enjoy meals and fun with MOFGA supporters!
  • 16 - Maine Cheese Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, 174 Barrett Hill Rd., Union. Meet over 20 of Maine's artisan cheese makers and discover, sample and buy their cheeses. Sponsored by the Maine Cheese Guild. FMI, including admission fee, see www.mainecheeseguild.org/
  • 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.
  • 16-18 - Maine Grain Alliance Leavening Workshop. 3-day workshop covering all aspects of leavening. In the last century and a half that we have come to understand what is going on when we bake at the level of microorganisms and how they behave. All bakers welcome. $250 - all meals included. Contact erin@mainegrainalliance.com for information. Website. Register here.
  • 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
  • 10-12 - Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group "It Takes a Region" conference, Hartford, Conn. Practitioners and professionals from our 12-state region examine ideas to move us toward a sustainable and just food system. http://nesawg.org/our-work/conference
  • 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.
  • 19-20 - Maine Harvest Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Farmers, food processors, brewers, fiber artisans, chefs and presenters showcase, sell and demonstrate, and you get to sample, purchase, learn and enjoy all the wonderful things that make Maine Maine! Website
  • 29 - Deadline to apply for the USDA Northeast SARE 2017 Farmer grant program. These grants fund projects by commercial producers who want to test innovative ideas in field trials, on-farm demonstrations or market initiatives. A technical advisor must be involved. 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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