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 Calendar: Events of Interest

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

Included here are events that are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").


  • 12-14 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 2017, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. More than 25 educational sessions over three days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops and special topics. A farmer to farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session brings speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussions. Trade show with over 120 exhibitors. Preregister by Nov. 30. http://newenglandvfc.org/.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Deadline for farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans and Extension personnel for proposals for Organic Farming Research Foundation funding. Research priorities include but are not limited to soil health, innovative weed control, management of emerging insect and disease issues, and livestock health. FMI: http://ofrf.org/2017-grant-application


  • TBD - Growers' meetings with MOFGA agricultural services staff
  • 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
  • 9 - MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center. MOFGA offers free presentations and discussions, open to the public, on sustainable agriculture. Schedule here. No pre-registration required. MOFGA also has an information exhibit all three days of the show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about our ongoing programs. MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the association's annual meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 9.
  • 9-11 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta. Information
  • 11 - 10th annual Maine Farmers' Market Convention, Augusta Civic Center. Register at http://www.mainefarmersmarkets.org/convention-2018/
  • 14-18 - National Farmers Union’s 2018 Women’s Conference: “Women in Leadership.” Catamaran Resort and Spa, San Diego, Calif. Will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much more. Registration: https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/. Information: Sophie Neems at nfu4@nfudc.org.
  • 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 - Charcuterie with Andy Smith, 4 sessions, Jan. 16 to Feb 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Smith's Smokehouse, Monroe, Maine. Join Andy Smith of Smith's Smokehouse and delve into the basics of charcuterie through a series of four workshops. Learn how to create your own charcuterie goods, and potential business, and then dig deep into a variety of curing processes including bacon, bresaola, beef jerky and more! Don't forget to register for this course, we only have 10 spots available. The complete series is $350 for MOFGA members and $400 for non-members. Each course will take place at Smith's Smokehouse; bring your own lunch. If you have any questions, email Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org. Details and registration.
  • 22-23 - Flowering in the North, East Bayside Neighborhood, Portland. Share information with expert flower farmers, researchers and industry partners. FMI and for registration, visit www.extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/flowering-in-the-north-conference/
  • 24 - Deadline to submit electronic applications for USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG); January 31, 2018, is the deadline for paper applications. http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/local-food-systems-rural-development/value-added-producer-grants/ and https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=value%20added%20producer


  • 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
  • 9 - Maine Farm to Institution Summit. (Snow date: Feb. 12) 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, Maine. Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) and the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) and their many partners are pleased to announce the first Maine Farm to Institution Summit. $20-$40. Registration and information: https://www.mainefarmtoinstitution.org/about-the-summit/
  • 11 - Beginning Beekeeping with David Smith, Sparky’s Apiaries, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 25 - Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 30 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine. Full-day workshop designed to help established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. Instructor Julia Shanks is the author of "The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business." $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Scholarships available. Information and registration.

MARCH 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 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference, Greenhouse Management, Common Ground Education Center, Unity
  • 10 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality yield. For beginners and experienced growers.
  • 17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and tend your heritage trees.
  • 25 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to participate in educational workshops and to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Free!



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