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 The MOFGA Calendar

November

  • 1 - Maine Farm to School Conference. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellsworth. Registration.
  • 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. Farmers and other agricultural professionals discuss topics in depth. Information.
  • 5-6 - Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass. Registration.
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Center, Bangor. Visit MOFGA at the Maine Harvest Festival. We are one of the many vendors at this celebration of the harvest season. Enjoy speakers, presentations and cooking demonstrations as well as Maine goods for sale at this year’s festival. Details.
  • 11 - Diversity by Design: Using Trap Crops to Control the Cruciferous Flea Beetle. Free eOrganic webinar. Preregistration required.
  • 11-12 - NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) 2014 "It Takes a Region" Conference, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Details.
  • 12 - Lamb Butchering Class. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Maine Street Meats, Rockport. Call 207-236-6328 for information. Registration $45. Make checks payable to Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education.
  • 12 - Organic Farming and Food in Maine. 6:30 p.m., Kimball Hall, UMaine Machias campus. Presented by Washington County Food and Community. Panelists are Carly DelSignore of Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds, Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater and Ann Hopkins of Eat Local Eastport. Free and open to the public. Details.
  • 12-14 - ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) Annual Conference and Trade Show, Halifax, N.S. Details.
  • 13 - Deadline for Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grants, which can be multi-year in length and are capped at $15,000. These grants are focused on connecting agricultural professionals and farmers to conduct on-farm research.
  • 13 - Slow Money Maine daylong gathering. Focus: “Growing Up: Meeting Business Failures While Building a Food Economy.” Details.
  • 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Farmers and Landowners. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bangor. General negotiating concepts with examples specific to agriculture. Pre-Registration is required, and a $10 fee covers light refreshments and handouts. Participants should bring their own bagged lunch. Registration is limited and closes on Nov. 6. Details on MOFGA.org. Registration.
  • 13 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. 10:00 - 12:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. 12:00 - 2:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 in MOFGA's library.
  • 13 - Film: "Hanna Ranch." Shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion. Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.
  • 13-16 - 2014 Biodynamic Conference: Farming for Health. Louisville, Kentucky. Details.
  • 14-15 - The Livestock Conservancy 2014 National Conference, Austin, Texas. Register by Oct. 24. Details.
  • 15 - Maine Sheep Breeders Association 2014 Sheep and Goat Seminar. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. $35 per person (lunch and handout notebook included). Topics include disease detection and prevention, common diseases, health-related tools, the Scrapie program and more. Instructors: James Weber, D.V.M.; Anne Lichtenwalner, D.V.M.; Richard Brzozowski, Ph.D.; and a practicing veterinarian. Information.
  • 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center. Explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities and increase markets. This workshop will offer a range of information about cooperatives, including examples of current farm cooperatives. The participatory environment will enable people to work together to design a cooperative farm business. FMI and to register ($20-$30 sliding scale with barter options): www.cooperativefermentation.org.
  • 15 - Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables. Sagadahoc MOFGA, Saturday, 3 p.m., Morris Farm, Wiscasset, presented by Mark Saxl of Gracie's Garden. A potluck will follow. The Morris Farm is located at 156 Gardiner Road (Route 27) in Wiscasset, about 3/4 mile north of Route One and next to the Wiscasset Primary School.
  • 18 – Dehulling Ancient Grains. Free eOrganic webinar. Preregistration required.
  • 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry. An introductory course to bring everyone up to speed on LIF principles and practices. For some it may be a review; for others it will be a day full of new information. Cost and registration details.
  • 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference. Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. MOFGA is a cooperating sponsor. For farmers, beekeepers, entomologists, policy makers and others interested in protecting pollinators. State and national experts on pollinators, beekeeping and pesticides will share the latest scientific research on factors affecting pollinator health and best practices for their protection. Register by October 31, 2014: $50.00/person; after October 31, 2014: $75.00/person; deadline to register: November 14. FMI: Meghan Dill, meghan.dill@maine.edu or (207) 581-3878. Registration.
  • 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Topsham. Targeted to farmers and landowners on general negotiating concepts with examples specific to agriculture. Pre-Registration is required, and a $10 fee covers light refreshments and handouts. Participants should bring their own bagged lunch. Registration is limited and closes on Nov. 13. Details on MOFGA.org. Registration.
  • 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Basic saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety; safe felling techniques. $160 - Free for MOFGA Journeypersons. Details and registration.
  • 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. See how foresters have improved MOFGA’s woodlot; work with experienced teamsters; use a portable sawmill; fit harnesses and collars; learn basic driving skills, safety and more. Details and registration.
  • 22 - Deadline to apply for a National Sheep Industry Improvement Center grant. Purposed to improve the U.S. sheep and goat industries: research on new technologies; knowledge that will improve the efficiency, profitability and quality of the sheep or goat industry; seed money for producing and commercializing new and innovative processes. FMI: Mr. Steve Lee, program manager; National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, P.O. Box 646; Rockland, Maine 04841; 202-350-9065; stevelee@nsiic.org; www.nsiic.org/.

December

  • 2 - Deadline for applying for Northeast SARE Farmer Grants. Details.
  • 3-4 - ACRESUSA Eco-Ag U, Columbus, Ohio. Details.
  • 3-5 - Young Farmers Conference, Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Details.
  • 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For those interested in processing food at home for resale. $35 for MOFGA members and $40 for non-members (includes lunch). Registration.
  • 4-6 - ACRESUSA Conference on Ecological Farming and Trade Show. Details.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.
  • 6 - 25th Annual Maine Beef Conference, Bangor. Information.
  • 7 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 11-13 - New England Farmers Union Annual Convention. Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, Maine. Details.

January 2015

  • 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 13 - MOFGA annual membership meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, 1:30 p.m., Augusta Civic Center. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of board members. Q&A period. This is also MOFGA Day at the Trades Show - a full day of presentations and workshops on organic production in Maine. Free. Information.
  • 13-15 - State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Augusta Civic Center. Details.
  • 31 - Deadline to apply for The Herb Society of America annual research grants to students, professionals and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history. Details.

February 2015

  • 2-3 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Led by Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm and author of “The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook."
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • Late Feb. and early March - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs in locations around Maine. Local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way.

March 2015

  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker John Aber and a panel of farmers focus on weather- and climate-related changes farmers are experiencing. Includes open discussion on strategies for farmers to deal with changing climate.
  • 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginning and experienced growers.
  • 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. This course, sponsored by MOFGA and led by Eric Sideman, is geared for those who are considering converting to organic or starting an organic farm.
  • 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees. Locations TBD. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Learn how to renovate and tend your heritage trees.
  • 21 - Rural Living Day, Thorndike. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and UMaine Cooperative Extension. Classes on gardening, forestry and rural life. FMI: UMaine Extension, 1-800-287-1426
  • 21 - Maine Grass Farmers Network annual conference, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield.
  • 29 - Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and to participate in educational workshops. Free!
  • 31 - Deadline to apply for MOFGA’s Organic Farmer Loan Fund, intended particularly to help organic farmers establishing credit history for their farms. Funds, generally between $5,000 to $20,000, may be used for working capital or farm equipment. Available to MOFGA-certified organic farmers; farmers transitioning to organic production; current participants and graduates of MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program. Applications accepted beginning Jan. 1. Information.

April 2015

  • 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show. 10 to 11 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden. 6 to 9 p.m. Classes held in locations throughout Maine to give gardeners the skills and knowledge to transition from conventional to organic gardening.
  • 11 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees, Unity. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Participants graft trees to take home and plant.
  • 16 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. Co-sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension; for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale.
  • 18 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101, Unity. Join Michael Phillips, author of “The Apple Grower,” for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies.
  • 25 - Maine Permaculture Design Certification Course begins. Cosponsored by The Resilience Hub and MOFGA. A one-weekend-per-month format for the internationally-recognized full Permaculture Design Certificate Course, running April through October 2015. $250. Details. 

 

May 2015

 

June 2015

Weekly beginning in June: MOFGA’s Farm Training Project Workshops in locations around Maine. Apprentices and other beginning and aspiring farmers visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network.

  • 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free!
  • 27 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD. Tips and tricks to care for your orchard through the summer and get your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall.

July 2015

  • 9 - Poultry Processing, Unity. MOFGA’s organic livestock expert Diane Schivera and Nettie Fox Farm farmer Everett Ottinger teach how to process your own meat birds successfully and sanitarily.

August 2015

  • 8 - Bud Grafting, Monroe. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees and many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot.

September 2015

  • 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, 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. To volunteer, contact volunteers@mofga.org.

October 2015

  • 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15.
  • 18 - Great Maine Apple Day, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA.

November 2015

  • 7-9 - Farmer to Farmer Conference, 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.
  • TBD - Low Impact Forestry Workshops, Unity. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals and with low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced.
  • TBD - Chainsaw and Forestry Safety Courses, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance, safety, and safe felling techniques. Level II is for the saw operators with experience who want to practice and improve their technique.

December 2015

  • 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop, Unity. For farmers and others interested in home- food processing for resale.

    

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