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Tour a Homestead Scale Perennial Nursery

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June 26, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Edgewood Nursery, Falmouth, Maine. Edgewood nursery is a homestead scale plant nursery focusing on unusual edible and medicinal plants. With over 100 species of edible perennials under cultivation there is something interesting to see (and taste) in every season. The address is 4 Cruston Way, Falmouth. Please park on both sides of that road, or on Hemlock Cove Rd. All are welcome to attend. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Marketing at Farmers’ Markets

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June 27, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Patch Farm, 570 East Main St., Denmark. BrennaMae Thomas-Googins is a board member of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and is an owner/operator of Patch Farm along with her partner Brandon McKenney. They grow certified organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. They also raise organic eggs, chicken, forest-raised pork and have a fledgling herd of dairy goats. Learn how they market these products at the Lewiston and Bridgton Farmers’ Markets, the latter of which BrennaMae runs and has been integral in implementing and running the market’s SNAP program. Potluck to follow.

Managing Farm Diversity

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July 3, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., 395 Middle Road, Willow Pond Farm, Sabattus. Willow Pond Farm since 1982 beginning as an orchard business and mixed livestock, adding organic beets, pumpkins and squash and in 1989 starting the first CSA in Maine. During that time they have raised 2 amazing children and mentored over 80 apprentices. Come here Jill Agnew share her vision of feeding family and community with a diverse array of foods has never wavered. Potluck to follow.

"Well-Being in the Slog of It"

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July 3, 2018 – Stonecipher Farm, 1186 River Road, Bowdoinham; 5:30 p.m. farm tour, 6 p.m. discussion. Join MOFGA Agricultural Services staff, Educational Programs staff, and your fellow farmers to start our conversation on addressing farmer well-being and long term viability. Enjoy some Flatbread pizza and great company while we begin to unpack the real challenges faced by farmers trying to balance their bottom line, interpersonal relationships, ethics, and their own physical and mental health both in and out of the field. More information

MOFGA Tree Fodder Day

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July 9, 2018 – Monday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Animals eat what?? Enlivening soil thru tree-based livestock farming! The day will feature presentations by farmers who are feeding their livestock from trees, Q & A discussion, a tree fodder resource sharing table, historic slide show, outdoor planning and skill practice for transition of various landscapes to fodder production, and storage discussion with samples of fodders provided and invited. Information

Next Steps: Apprenticeship to Journeyperson

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July 11, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Flywheel Flowers, 284 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. MOFGA estimates that Maine needs about 150 new farmers each year just to maintain the infrastructure required to support our local food system – so every new farm operation in Maine is a reason to celebrate! But getting started in farming is becoming increasingly difficult in many ways. Join Carole Mapes, as she shares their insights and enthusiasm about managing her first few years farming independently. Several key service providers will also discuss how their programs can help. If you are considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important discussion. Potluck to follow.

Tour Maine Rice Paddies

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July 17, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Wild Folk Farm, Benton, Maine. Wild Folk Farm has been growing rice for 5 years in paddies. We raise ducks and azolla in the rice paddies as well. Last year we grew 3,000 pounds, 12 varieties and sell the rice as seed and food. We transitioned our no-till garden plots from a mixed vegetable CSA into CBD hemp last year and this year we will also be growing upland rice in our garden plots. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Organic Dairy Apprenticeship

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July 18, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program is a two-year residential apprenticeship program for new and transitioning commercial organic dairy farmers. Come learn about this first-of-its kind program that allows apprentices to learn hands-on in all aspects of their certified organic dairy operation. Potluck to follow.

Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Summer

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July 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. $35; $25 for MOFGA members. Join Chef Frank Giglio in the MOFGA kitchen to learn about Maine seasonal cooking. We'll learn how to cook some dishes to take advantage of all the beautiful summer produce. Taste some delicious food, learn something new, and have some fun in the kitchen! Registration

Farming Cooperatively

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July 25, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Road, Lewiston. Come see a cooperative farm in practice and learn about the economic structure of mutual ownership of farmland and equipment, which involves democratic decisions-making among farmer owners about marketing of their produce, as well as about distribution of the surplus they collectively generate. Potluck to follow.

Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them

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August 1, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Damariscotta. Who’s Who and How To Conserve Them with Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist & NRCS Partner Biologist and Brady Hatch, Farmer/Owner of Morning Dew Farm. Eric Venturini will lead this 2-part hands-on program: First, we will capture some of the pollinators on the farm to learn who they are, how they live, and what their role is. Second, we will discuss how you can become involved in pollinator conservation efforts – with a focus on how to successfully establish wildflower plantings for pollinators. Potluck for those who wish to stay. Please bring a dish to share, something to eat out of, utensils, cup, etc.

Tour Gardens and Fruit Beds

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August 2, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens, Belmont, Maine. Art, craft and horticulture come together in the Trotochaud/McDowell gardens, where the garden bed layout encourages peaceful meandering through productive areas of vegetables (including asparagus), a cranberry plot, fruit trees and shrubs, a handsome grape arbor that shelters a shaded seating area, a season-extending greenhouse, a small reflecting pool, and a fire pit/sitting area next to a pizza oven. All are interspersed with flower beds. Chickens explore freely in areas where they can't damage plants. Mary's pottery studio is onsite, and Rick's woodworking skills are apparent throughout the home and yard. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Value Added on the Farm

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August 6, 2018 - MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. Small farmers need to be creative and innovative marketers to be successful. One way to accomplish this is by adding value to your products. Come see how Flora and Noah have cultivated community involvement and customer relationships with The Pod, a space that includes a commercial kitchen, floral desgin studio, events space and more. The Pod allows them to offer meal kits using their farm grown ingredients, teach cooking classes and other workshops, and have a retail store. Potluck to follow.

Managing for Wildlife: A Homestead Walk with John Twomey

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August 8, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Montville, Maine. John Twomey's 125 acre off grid farm on Hogback Mountain is dedicated principally to wildlife habitat and the constant improvement of the soil. Twomey and his partner Leigh Norcott grow and preserve all of the vegetables and fruits that they use throughout the year. Additionally, they raise Golden Campine chickens and brook trout and they cut all of their own firewood. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Woods Walk with Low Impact Forestry Member Denny Gallaudet

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August 16, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Millbrook Farm, Cumberland, Maine. The woodlot at Millbrook Farm has supported the family for years with firewood as they grow veggies, raise chickens, and more. With thoughts of climate change in the forefront of their minds when they recently worked with a forester on an updated plan, Denny asked for an analysis of carbon sequestration. Learn the techniques that allow the folks at Millbrook Farm to help combat climate change through improved management of their woodlot on this tour, and consider some techniques for your own woodlot. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Permaculture

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August 22, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Road, Franklin. Permaculture is a method of landscape design and food production that is based on the principles of ecology and diversity. Come and see an excellent example of how permaculture can help bring vitality back to land, mitigate problematic soils and increase a farm resilience. Potluck to follow.

Tour a Homestead as it Begins

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August 29, 2018 – MOFGA Gather & Grow event. 6:00 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, 20 Hunt Road, Windsor, Maine. You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after three seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project as well as giving a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built. The address is 20 Hunt Rd, Windsor (second driveway on the right). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

Lamb Breakdown

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September Date TBA – MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson. Join butcher and farmer Logan Higger for a demonstration of breaking down a lamb. Learn what butchers look for to assess the quality of a carcass and what options you have for cutting up primal sections. Learn how to best explain these options to your customers and communicate with your butcher. Potluck to follow.

Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

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September 10, 2018 – MOFGA Farm Training Project, Monday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, 97 Holman Day Road, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, a high tunnel, an orchard and grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Potluck to follow.

Common Ground Country Fair

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September 21-23, 2018 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. 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. Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

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November 2018 dates TBA – Three days of workshops, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. Registration will open soon.

Chainsaw Safety Training

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November 2018 date TBA – 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 and safety, and a chance to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is for experienced saw operators who want to practice and improve their technique. Registration will open soon.

Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 3-5, 2018 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 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.

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

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December 6, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Registration opens in June.

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