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 MOFGA Calendar

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners, and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, and many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. Download or read our 2017 events calendar (8.5"x11").

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

FEBRUARY 2017

  • 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon; MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. More information. Register here.

MARCH 2017

  • 3 - Northern New England Nursery Conference. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Derryfield, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, N.H. Register at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=23257. $30 per person until February 24, $35 after February 24. FMI: Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Specialist, 603-862-3208
  • 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 - Spring Growth Conference. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker Will Brinton and a panel of farmers focus on soil health, fertility and microbiology. Registration: $75 for individuals, $100 for couples; $25 for students and apprentices. Lunch is included. Register here. More information.
  • 5 - MOFGA/Farmer Appreciation Dinner. Sunday, 6-9 p.m., Solo Italiano, 100 Commercial St., Portland, Maine. Five-course affair with certified organic produce (and an island lamb) coming from Dandelion Springs and Stonecipher. Optional wine pairing. Representatives from both farms as well as from MOFGA will be present to talk about their 'labor of love.' 20% of proceeds will benefit MOFGA. $85. Tickets and information available HERE.
  • 5 - Deadline to apply for the 2017 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships. CLICK HERE TO APPLY. Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. For further information about the scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org.
  • 9 - Saffron Workshop. North American Center for Saffron Research and Development, University of Vermont Entomology Research Laboratory. Register (limited to 80 attendees) at www.regonline.com/saffron2017. FMI: http://www.uvm.edu/~entlab/Other%20Research/Saffron/Saffron.html.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Two locations: Cumberland, Maine, and Mt. Desert, Maine. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here (required). More information.
  • 11 - Waldo County Grower's Winter Potluck, 4-7 p.m., the Varney Center, Brooks. Sponsored by UMaine Waldo County Cooperative Extension. If you or your family grow, process or sell commercial crops in Waldo County, join us to socialize and share good food. A family event; infants and children welcome. Alcohol free. Please bring a dish or two to share, along with eating utensils. Snow date March 12, 4-7 p.m. For inclement weather announcements call 207-342-5971. FMI: richard.kersbergen@maine.edu
  • 13 - 2017 Maine Grain Conference. Monday, Little School and Agriculture Museum, Littleton, Maine (just north of Houlton). FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/blog/2017/02/01/farm-scoop-february-2017/
  • 13 and 15 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School. Two Locations: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, at Seasons Event & Conference Center in Portland; Wednesday, March 15, Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/01/25/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2017/. Please register by March 3. The $45 cost includes lunch.
  • 17 - Controlling Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Certification Workshop. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45 Edgecomb Rd., Belfast, Maine. $20/farm includes one FAMACHA card; additional card $12. Bring your own bag lunch. FMI: Diane Schivera, dianes@mofga.org or the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.
  • 18 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference. Keynote speaker: Fred Provenza, noted animal scientist and grazing behavior specialist, from Utah State University; Dr. Hue Karreman, author and veterinarian with his partner Suzanne Nelson. Concurrent sessions with speakers including Dr. Tatina Stanton from Cornell, discussing parasite control in sheep and goats, and UMaine's new Extension Livestock Specialist, Dr. Colt Knight. Registration and conference details are available on-line at https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/conference/. FMI Rick Kersbergen richard.kersbergen@maine.edu, 207-342-5971 or MOFGA's Diane Schivera dianes@mofga.org
  • 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Freedom, Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here. More information.
  • 23 - 10th Annual Maine Greenhouses "Best Practices" Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Snell Family Farm, 1000 River Road (ME 112), Buxton, Maine. Register ($25, includes lunch) by March 17. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/greenhouse-best-practices-workshop/ and Kathy Murray, 207-287-7616
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here (required). More information.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Two locations: Mt. Desert, Maine, and Newcastle (Cunningham Island), Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here. More information.
  • 26 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange. Special All-Day Event! MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and Orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and participate in educational workshops. Free!
  • 26 - Maine Maple Sunday. Participating Maine Maple producers (including some organic producers) offer demonstrations, sugarbush tours, activities and samplings of maple products. Information.

APRIL 2017

  • 1 (April 2 snow date) - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke at the Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org
  • 1 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 5 - 3rd Annual Source Sustainability Awards. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine. Winners of the 2017 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships will be announced as part of the event. For event details and tickets go to: sourceawards2017.eventbrite.com
  • 5 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes. 6 to 9 p.m., locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening.
  • 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
  • 8 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 8 - UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association’s Rural Living Day. Several MOFGA staff are involved in this event. Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike. https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/
  • 13 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Please bring a bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Register here. More information.
  • 22 - Maine Heritage Orchard fourth annual spring tree planting at MOFGA. 9 a.m. to noon
  • 28-29 - New England Meat Conference. Manchester, N.H. Information: www.newenglandmeatconference.org
  • 29 - MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper. 6 p.m., United Farmers Market of Belfast, 18 Spring Street, Belfast

MAY 2017

  • 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
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 13 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 19-21 - Northeast Livestock Exposition. Windsor, Maine. IBGA Boer goat show, poster contest, feeder calf sale, wool pool, equine clinics, rabbit show, youth cook-off, beef-sheep-alpaca displays, shows & sales, educational programs, commercial trade show, Boer goat consignment sale. Demonstrations and exhibits.
  • 25 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.

JUNE 2017

  • Weekly - Farm Training Projects. Locations around Maine. Workshops give apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers the chance to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise and to network.
  • 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
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. All workshops are hands-on. Free!
  • 24 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Rd., Cumberland. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest. Instructor: C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.

JULY 2017

  • 6 - Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and 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, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 23 - Conservation Biocontrol short course taught by the Xerxes Society at MOFGA, Unity. Details TBA.

AUGUST 2017

  • 4 - 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
  • 5 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Please bring a bag lunch. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Instructor: Seth Yentes. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11-13 - Northeast Organic Farming Association's Summer Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Information.
  • 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp. Liberty, Maine. Join a gathering of heirloom fruit experts, advocates, and farmers to share knowledge and build networks that can facilitate the rescue and conservation our horticultural heritage.
  • 19 - Maine Axe and Saw Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come learn about the history, making, use, and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools.

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 22-24 - Common Ground Country Fair. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 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. Want to volunteer? FMI volunteers@mofga.org

OCTOBER 2017

  • 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
  • 7-9 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th.
  • 12 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Great Maine Apple Day. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 3-5 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. 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.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 16-19 - 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. For beginners and experienced.
  • 17-18 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 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.

DECEMBER 2017

  • 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
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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