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  • 22 - Sheep and Goat Parasitology Seminar. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, Carter Hall, Fairfield. Free! Informative workshop about internal parasites of sheep and goats, especially "barberpole worm" (Haemonchus contortus). RSVP to Melissa Libby (Melissa.libby1@maine.edu) or (207) 581-2788.
  • 23 - MOFGA Board Meeting with Fair Steering Committee. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Unity. Information: aprilb@mofga.org


  • November 1 in Portland and November 3 in Orono – The Maine Course Scaling Up Event. The University of Maine System, UMaine and Cooperative Extension are partnering with Sodexo to help Maine farmers and food processors understand what's needed to sell food to the University of Maine System and other institutional buyers. Visit the event website for details. Free. Registration deadline October 24. FMI: Maeve McInnis, The Maine Course Director, 207-298-2149 or maeve.mcinnis@sodexo.com.
  • November 1, December 6 and January 24 – New England Farm Succession School for senior farmers and farm couples looking toward retirement and farm transition, in Augusta. (Other dates in Concord, N.H., and Randolph, Vt.) Register ($300 per farmer or farm couple) by October 21 at 603-357-1600 or landforgood.org/rsvp. Sponsored by Land for Good.
  • 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
  • 11 to 13 - 2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge. Bowdoin College, Brunswick. For contact information and more details, see the Maine Innovation Challenge website.
  • 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 - Deadline for exhibitors to register for the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, to be held on Jan. 10-12, 2017, at the Augusta Civic Center. https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1895153
  • 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.


  • 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
  • 5 - 2016 Farmland Access Conference. Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta. Join Maine Farmland Trust along with MOFGA and others for a day of discussions on the challenges of providing for a farm’s future when a farmer is ready to retire, and how next generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition. Information.
  • 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
  • 10 - Deadline to apply for the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program. OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans and Extension personnel to consider applying. http://ofrf.org/Fall-2016-Application


  • 10, 2017 - MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Tuesday, Maine Civic Center, Augusta. MOFGA offers presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. Presentations are free and open to the public, and are held in the Washington/York Room, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room, and the Oxford Room. No pre-registration required. MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs. MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.
  • 10-12 - State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and provides promotion opportunities for businesses and organizations on the tradeshow floor, but also houses various lectures, certification courses and annual meetings throughout its duration. Information.
  • 25-28 - Ecological Farming Association 37th EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, California. Prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers and educators - featuring over 70 workshops, plus keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers and delicious organic meals. www.eco-farm.org/conference


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