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 The MOFGA Calendar

Weekly: 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. Schedule.

July 2015

  • 7 - Organic Wild Blueberry Growers Meeting. Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by Mark Scarano at organic wild blueberry farm, Blue-Zee, at 652 Front Ridge Rd., Penobscot. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Get updates on insects, weeds, diseases and fertilizers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University researchers and network with organic wild blueberry growers.
  • 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Hamilton Farm, Whitefield. Details.
  • 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., King Hill Farm, Penobscot. Details.
  • 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, 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. $75 for non-members; $60 for members. FMI: dianes@mofga.org or 568-4142. Registration.
  • 9 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Rocket Stove Building Workshop. Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $35 Information: Koviashuvik: Rocket Stoves
  • 11 - Gardiner Food Coop & Café Grand Opening. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the store, 269 Water Street, downtown Gardiner. Ribbon-cutting, delicious food from local and organic vendors, live music, kids’ activities, and a raffle basket. Please join to give thanks and enjoy a party! Phone: 207-629-FOOD (3663). Email: info@gardinerfood.coop. Internet: gardinerfood.coop; Facebook.com/gardinercoop. Or come into the store - now open, seven days a week.
  • 13, noon-1 p.m. - The Destination Wellness Series at the Camden Public Library features Robert Sewall discussing the uses of apple cider vinegar in folk medicine. Sewall will explain how vinegar is made and speak about both ancient uses and exciting new research on the role of vinegar in whole-body health. Sewall Orchard is Maine's oldest certified organic orchard still in existence, and Sewall is a past MOFGA president. Details.
  • 14 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Value Added on the Farm. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Winterberry Farm, Belgrade. Details.
  • 18 - Farm Walk at Crescent Run Farm. Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm for a walk around Crescent Run Farm with Ryan Fahey and Michael Dennett who pasture-raise sheep, cows, pigs, and chickens on certified organic forage. Come prepared to explore a farm. Meet at the Gardiner Food Coop, 269 Water St. in downtown Gardiner at 10:00am to carpool over at 10:15. The walk will last 1.5 hours. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/845587855528437/
  • 22 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Diverse Dairy. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Winter Hill Farm, Freeport. Details.
  • 23-26 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished small building. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Some scholarships available. $500 ($450 for HVNC & MOFGA members), includes lunch and all materials. No carpentry experience necessary. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.
  • 25 - Moccasin Making (with optional rubber soles!) Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $110 Information: Koviashuvik: Moccasin Making
  • 26 - Koviashuvik Open House. Sunday 1:00am to 5:00pm. Tours at 1:30 and 3:00pm Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. Free. Information: Koviashuvik Open House
  • 26-29 - Northern Nut Growers Association, Inc., annual meeting, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Information.
  • 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bluebird Hill Farm, Jefferson. Details.
  • 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference, Skowhegan. Information.

August 2015

  • 1 - Maine Grain Alliance Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan. Information.
  • 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Horsepower Farm, Penobscot. Details.
  • 7 to 9, Aug 14 to 16, August 21 to 23 - Family Sustainability-Stay: An Educational Vacation for All Ages. 10:30 a.m. Friday to Sunday afternoon. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $800 per family all meals and snacks included. Information: Koviashuvik Family Sustainability Stay
  • 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, 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. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information and registration.
  • 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer. Monday, 5 p.m., Broadturn Farm, Scarborough. Details.
  • 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Two Coves Farm, Harpswell. Details.
  • 13 - Meeting of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Tender Soles Farm, Richmond. Details.
  • 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest: Hands-On Food Preservation. Tuesday, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Lisbon Falls. $10 fee. Details.
  • 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Johnny’s Research Farm, Albion. Details.

September 2015

  • 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Khadighar Farm, Industry. Details.
  • 1-2 - CROPP Cooperative 2015 Regional Agronomy School, Bangor. A unique opportunity for farmers to learn how to balance farm profitability, forage quality and soil fertility in a hands-on two-day workshop. Topics include integrating soil and forage testing, balancing soils, measuring returns, targeting farm weak spots and sourcing organic amendments. Speakers include renowned farmer Jack Lazor, University of Vermont Extension agronomist Heather Darby and CROPP agronomist Mark Kopecky. Information.
  • 5 - Introduction to Permaculture. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, Deer Isle, Maine. With Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design, cosponsored by MOFGA. Learn how to design ecological and edible landscapes and resilient home sites using whole system planning and patterns from nature; and about the history, principles and benefits of permaculture design. $50; lunch included. Early registration recommended; scholarships available. Details.
  • 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Hope's Edge Farm, Hope. Details.
  • 10 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 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.
  • 30 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. Help MOFGA clean up after the Fair and help John Bunker in the Maine Heritage Orchard. Come as early as you can. Potluck at 6 p.m. in the MOFGA library. FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

October 2015

  • TBD - Fair Steering Committee Joint Meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 2-4 - Savor the Season – A Weekend of Food Preservation at Blueberry Cove Camp, Tenants Harbor. A fundraiser for the camp sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension, $325 includes programs, lodging and meals. Details.
  • 3 - Processing Acorns into Flour. Saturday 10am to 3pm Koviashuvik Local Living School. Temple, ME. $35 Information: Koviashuvik: Processing Acorns into Flour
  • 10 and 11 - Pack-basket Weaving Weekend. 9am Saturday to mid-afternoon Sunday. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $275, all meals provided. Information: Koviashuvik: Pack-basket Weaving Weekend
  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 16 - 4th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference, Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 25 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MOFGA library. The afternoon session will be a joint meeting of the Board and the Fair Steering Committee.
  • 28 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting at MOFGA. 6 p.m. Richard Frost of Frost Family Farm in Liberty will speak on "Working with willow – how to grow it, market it, build with it." FMI about this and other WOG events: Nan Cobbey, 338-1198.

November 2015

  • 6-8 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Friday through Sunday, Point Lookout Resort, 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.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Fundraising Committee. 10:00 a.m. to noon in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of MOFGA's Finance Committee. Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 13-14: NESAWG'S It Takes A Region Conference: Putting MOVE in the Movement! Pre-Conference Sessions: Thurs., Nov. 12; Conference: Fri. and Sat., November 13-14. Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Keynote speaker: Shirley Sherrod, civil rights activist and advocate for food justice and independent family farmers. Hosted by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. Information: nesawg.org
  • 14-15 - Maine Harvest Festival. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Renowned Maine chefs, over 49,000 square feet filled with State of Maine growers and their harvest, bakers, cheese makers, vintners, brewers and fiber artisans with demonstrations, sampling, sales, music and more. Admission $8/person; children 12 and under free. Buy tickets at the Cross Insurance Center box office and at the door on the days of the festival. Additional charges for beer, wine & spirits tasting. Visit MOFGA's table! Information.
  • 14-15 - The Business of Farming for Wholesale: A Two-Day Intensive Workshop. Saturday and Sunday, Black Bear Inn, Orono. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust. For experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets. Available tuition-free to farmers who participated in this spring's Harvesting Maine's New Wholesale Opportunities. Other farms may apply to participate. Contact: Jed Beach at beach.jed@gmail.com.
  • 19-22 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. More information.
  • 20-21 - 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.
  • 6 - Meeting of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 8 - QuickBooks Training presented by Farm Credit East. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $450 per farm (up to 2 people may attend per session). Bring your own bag lunch. Details.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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