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 Calendar: Events of Interest

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Many of the events listed here are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA.

We welcome event listings that would interest MOFGA members. Please submit them in the following format: Date, event title, time, location, one or two sentence description and a link or contact details for registration or more information. Thank you!

MAY 2018

  • 23 - Seasonal Cooking Class: Spring. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Education Center in Unity, Maine. Join Chef Frank Giglio in the MOFGA kitchen to learn about Maine seasonal cooking. We'll learn about some dishes to enjoy our early spring produce. Taste some delicious food, learn something new, and have some fun in the kitchen! The menu includes dandelion fritters, spring green soup, ricotta cheese, ricotta-herb raviolis and gluten-free oat cake with violets. $35; discount for MOFGA members. Please register online at the MOFGA Store
  • 31 - MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop: Communication Kick-Off and Potluck Social at Villageside Farm, 122 Belfast Rd., Freedom, Maine. Join Polly and Prentice at Villageside Farm for a farm tour and social gathering to kick off the FTP season. Complete schedule of FTP workshops

JUNE 2018

  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 3 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 6 - Introduction to Farm Equipment: Safety, Operation & Basic Maintenance. MOFGA Farm Training Project, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Oaklands Farm, 114 Oaklands Farm Rd., Gardiner, Maine. Farmer Logan Johnston, staff from MOFGA and Rick Kersbergen of UMaine Cooperative Extension introduce basic farm equipment anatomy, safe operation and maintenance. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 14 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration
  • 14 - Korean Natural Farming Techniques. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m. Aaron Englander, farm and program manager of Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, Maine, will lead a hands-on workshop in Korean natural farming techniques. Space is limited. Schedule of workshops
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 16 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Tips and tricks for caring for your orchard through summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in fall. Registration
  • 20 - Farming with Horses. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 23 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Over 40 unique, participatory workshops. Includes a plant swap, a potluck picnic lunch, and a stone soup made with your contributions. Information
  • 27 - Marketing at Farmers’ Markets. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Patch Farm, Denmark. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops

JULY 2018

  • 3 - Managing Farm Diversity. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Willow Pond Farm, Sabattus. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 9 - MOFGA Tree Fodder Day. Monday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Enlivening soil through tree-based livestock farming. $35 MOFGA or NOFA members, $50 non-members. Limited scholarships available. Contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org or call (207) 568-4142. Schedule of activities. Register on the MOFGA Store
  • 11 - Next Steps: Apprenticeship to Journeyperson. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Flywheel Flowers, Unity. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 12 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 18 - Organic Dairy Apprenticeship. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 23 - Cover Crops and Low-till for Veggie Systems. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Goranson Farm, Dresden. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 25 - Farming Cooperatively. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., New Roots Cooperative Farm, Lewiston. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 26 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $60 MOFGA members. Join an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. Registration

AUGUST 2018

  • 1 - Pollinators in Agriculture: Who’s Who and How to Conserve Them. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Morning Dew Farm, Damariscotta. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Information and registration
  • 6 - Value Added on the Farm. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, Arundel. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 9 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 9 - MOFGA Fair Steering Committee meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 10-12 - NOFA's 44th Annual Summer Conference. Hampshire College, Amherst. Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez. Information
  • 22 - Permaculture. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, Franklin. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops

SEPTEMBER 2018

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 10 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 13 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • Date TBA - Lamb Breakdown. MOFGA Farm Training Project, 5 p.m., Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson. Potluck to follow. Schedule of workshops
  • 21-23 – Common Ground Country Fair! 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

OCTOBER 2018

  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6-8 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. One of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.
  • 15 - The Apples of Maine. 7 p.m. Pembroke Historical Society at the Pembroke Library. John Bunker will talk about Tracking Down, Identifying and Preserving Maine’s Pomological Heritage (and lead some nibbling, pressing and tasting).
  • 21 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

NOVEMBER 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 3-5 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Saturday to Monday, Northport. 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.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • TBD – Low Impact Forestry Workshop. 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.
  • TBD – Chainsaw Safety. 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.
  • 15 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

DECEMBER 2018

  • 2 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 6 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. 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
  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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