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 The MOFGA Calendar

April

  • 24 - Film: Food Stamped - Is It Possible To Eat Healthy On A Food Stamp Budget? Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Food and Farm Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., above Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta. Free. Details.
  • 25 - 2nd Annual Principle Six Conference. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Participatory workshops and networking for planning the cooperative future of Maine’s economy. Details.
  • 26 - Intermediate Sheep Shearing Class. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Washington, Maine. $85 per person, includes shearing manual and lunch. Details and registration.
  • 28 - Soil Health. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Free presentation with Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm and Lookfar Ag Service. Sponsors: Belfast Free Library and Belfast Co-op. Information.
  • 29 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class. 6 to 9 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive (Community Meeting Room); 207-865-3307; www.freeportlibrary.com/ Class details.
  • 30 - School Garden Regional Gathering. 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Leavitt Area High School, Turner. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.

May 2015

  • 1 - Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cherryfield. Sponsored by MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry program and the Maine Forest Service. Free registration with recommended donation of $10 per person. Contact Anna Mueller, MOFGA Events Coordinator: events@mofga.org; 568-4142. Details. Registration on the MOFGA Store.
  • 1 - Film: Queen of the Sun - What Are The Bees Telling Us. A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt On Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. Food and Farm Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., above Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta. Free. Details.
  • 3 - 4th Annual Plowing Event at Winterberry Farm, presented by the Farmers Steer & Oxen Club of Maine. Sunday, 10 a.m., Winterberry Farm, Rte. 27, Belgrade, Maine. Open to the public. Bring a potluck lunch. Information: (207) 649-3331. Directions: www.winterberryfarmstand.com.
  • 8 - Film: Ingredients - The Local Food Movement Takes Root. At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local. Food and Farm Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., above Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta. Free. Details.
  • 9 - Maine School Garden Day K-12 Educator Training Workshop, Sanford. Details.
  • 9 - Twelve Months of Carrots: From spacing to storage to carrot-kraut. A class about eating carrots every month of the year. Saturday, 9:30am to 12:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $20 Information: Koviashuvik: 12 Months of Carrots
  • 9 - Wooden Spoon Carving. Saturday, 2:00 to 5:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $25. Information: Koviashuvik: Wooden Spoons
  • 9-10 – Chainsaw Safety. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. FMI: hvnc.org, andy@hvnc.org or 200-8840.
  • 14 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 14 - School Garden Regional Gathering. 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Ridge View Community School, Dexter. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, Noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Tree ID and Evening Tea: Learn Trees and Make Tree Teas. Friday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. Free Information: Koviashuvik: Tree Id and Evening Tea
  • 15 - Film: American Meat - Our Meat Is Changing For Good. Pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Food and Farm Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., above Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta. Free. Details.
  • 16 - Wild Greens for the Common Table: a class on Identification, gathering, and feasting. Saturday, 9:30am to 2:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $55 Information: Koviashuvik: Wild Greens
  • 22 - Film: Growing Local - A Leave It Better Story. Maine artist Bridget Besaw says, “We’ve made a series about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The challenge of this series was weaving together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. Food and Farm Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., above Rising Tide Community Market, Damariscotta. Free. Details.
  • 29 - 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. $1295 course fee; $250 deposit to reserve enrollment. Details.
  • 30 - Knife Sharpening De-mystified. Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $15. Information: Koviashuvik: Knife Sharpening
  • 30 - School Garden Regional Gathering. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Washington Academy, East Machias. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.
  • 30 - Carving the Kitchen Spoon/Spatula: an introduction to the draw-knife and shave-horse. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple ME. $30 Information: Koviashuvik: Carving the Kitchen Spoon/ Spatula
  • 30 to June 3 - North American Agroforestry Conference, Ames, Iowa. Registration deadline May 15. Details.

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.

  • 7 - Meeting of the MOFGA Board of Directors. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the MOFGA library.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Information.
  • 13 - Organic Orcharding 101 Workshop with C.J. Walke hosted by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mossflower Farm, Sangerville, Maine. Pre-registration is required. $15 fee, $12 for MOFGA members and MeHiMo Chapter members. To register, call the PCSWCD at 207-564-2321 ext. or email us at info@piscataquisswcd.org.
  • 27 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD. Instructor: C.J. Walke. Tips and tricks to care for your orchard through the summer and get your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. $50; $45 student/apprentice; $35 MOFGA members; free for JPs. Information and registration.

July 2015

  • 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. $30. FMI: dianes@mofga.org or 568-4142.
  • 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
  • 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 handsome and rugged small building. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Some scholarships available. $500 ($450 for HVNC & MOFGA members), includes lunch and all materials. No previous 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

August 2015

  • 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.
  • 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

September 2015

  • 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.
  • 14-15 - Maine Harvest Festival, Bangor. Visit MOFGA's table here! Information.
  • 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.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

    

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