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 The MOFGA Calendar

August

  • 18 - Farm Training Project workshop: Cooperative & Permaculture Farming. Monday, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Rd., Arundel. Details.
  • 19 - Vegetable Seed Saving Workshop – Free! 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. (Rte. 52), Belfast. Jon Thurston, agricultural coordinator of the garden project at the middle school, will provide an overview of seed saving and include hands-on time in the garden. No registration required; meet at Troy Howard Middle School near the greenhouse. Sponsored by the Belfast Co-op. FMI: Kate Harris, kate@belfast.coop or (207) 338-2532.
  • 20 - Farm Training Project workshop: Adventures on a Permaculture Homestead. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm, 53 Hooper Rd., Franklin. Details.
  • 22 - Free screening of Symphony of the Soil. 7 p.m., Camden Opera House. Sponsored by the Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust. Debra Koons Garcia, the film’s director, writer and producer, will be joined for a live discussion after the film by sustainable agriculture visionary Fred Kirschenmann and John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. Details.
  • 23 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walk. 2 to 4 p.m., Chellis Brook Farm (Denise Carpenter), 167 Spring Rd., Newfield. Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.
  • 25 - Farm Training Project workshop: Thinking Outside the Vegetable Box. Monday, 5 p.m., 3 Level Farm, South China. Details.
  • 26 - AGCOM’s Gubernatorial Forum. 1 to 4 p.m., Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine building, 205 Church Hill Rd., Augusta. What Do Maine’s Gubernatorial Candidates Think about Maine Agricultural Issues? Moderated by John Rebar. 1:00 Mr. Eliot Cutler; 2:00 Gov. Paul LePage; 3:00 Rep. Michael Michaud. This is a free public event. The Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM) represents 34 agricultural associations, commodity groups and businesses and has seven ex officio members who represent government and educational entities in Maine.
  • 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA. Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., 42 Court St., Skowhegan. There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs. For more information call 207-474-0708.

September

  • 3 - Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer. 5 p.m., Whatley Farm, Topsham. MOFGA journeypersons share their insights and enthusiasm about how they are managing their first few years farming independently. Several key service providers will discuss how their programs can help. If you are considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important discussion. More Information.
  • 4 - Univ. of Vt. Greenhouse Energy Extravaganza. Claussen’s Greenhouses, Colchester, Vt., with regional experts, including John Bartok, Univ. of Connecticut; Chris Callahan, UVM; and specialists in energy curtain assembly. Learn how to reduce energy use at minimal cost. The "cool" Vermont Bubble Greenhouse prototype will also be showcased. This system uses soap bubbles to improve insulation in double-poly greenhouses. USDA will be on hand to describe what supports for energy conservation it can offer. Information and registration (click on Energy Extravaganza). Contact Margaret Skinner, 802-656-5440 or mskinner@uvm.edu, with questions.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 6 - Tree Farm Field Days, Music Festival and Carnival Games. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd., Jefferson, ME 04348. Join Hidden Valley Nature Center to celebrate Maine's forests! HVNC alongside co-founders Tracy Moskovitz and Bambi Jones has been named the 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year for the State of Maine.  $10 gets you in the gate, games are free with a chance to win prizes! Details.
  • 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $40 (lunch included). Early registration recommended. Scholarships available. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop for a $25 fee (includes communal dinner). Information: 207-348-2308 or www.deerislehostel.com.
  • 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project. 4 p.m., Blue Hill Library (Howard Room), Blue Hill. Free. Presented by Deer Isle Hostel; co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and MOFGA. Information.
  • 9 - Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving. 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates the 18-acre Seven Tree Farm. Learn about interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using by-products of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. More information.
  • 11 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30. in MOFGA's library.
  • 12 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting, Augusta. Details.
  • 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair
  • 26 - Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides. Free disposal program open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. Collected chemicals go to out-of-state disposal facilities licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency where they are incinerated or reprocessed. Drop-ins are not permitted. For registration and information about temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC website or call 207-287-2731.
  • 26 to 28 - 11th annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) weekend for potential and already active organizers, with theme "Tactics for Organizers," for MOFGA supporters and others, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Bryant Pond, $10-80 (sliding scale so affordable for all). For a brochure and more information: Larry Dansinger, ROSC, (207) 525-7776 or rosc@psouth.net.
  • 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change. Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Hall at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Celebrate 70 years of Heifer International's work. Cultivating Community farmers will share their bounty. Be inspired by stories of Heifer's work in Maine, the USA and around the world. Refreshments, displays, and a musical program with guest Kate Schrock. Visit the MOFGA table. Register at www.heifer.org/communities or call 877-243-4337 (877.A.HEIFER). Information: kate.sheehan@heifer.org #beyondhunger
  • 28 - Orcharding Workshop with John Bunker. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $50 (lunch included). Scholarships available. Early registration recommended. Sponsored by MOFGA. All participants are welcome, and encouraged, to stay at the Hostel the night prior to the workshop for a $25 fee (includes communal dinner). Information: 207-348-2308 or www.deerislehostel.com.

October

  • 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 4 - 2nd Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, self-guided tour will bring together chicken enthusiasts while encouraging education, community and local food. Participants will also see honeybees, gardens, large livestock and root cellars. Want to have your coop on the tour? Basic qualifying criteria include coop cleanliness, bird health, visitor safety and available parking for visitors. Information on Facebook or email kitchens.sharon@gmail.com.
  • 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop. Full - wait list registration only. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday through Monday. All three days: $200 per person; MOFGA Journeypersons free. Fees cover materials, take-home documentation, a light breakfast and a delicious lunch each day. Full details. Registration.
  • 12 - Open Creamery Day. Sunday
  • 19 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 25 - Great Maine Apple Day. Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., rain or shine. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of diversified perennial agriculture. Bring apples for identification. Details.

November

  • 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine. Farmers and other agricultural professionals discuss topics in depth. Information.
  • 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

December

  • 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For those interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.
  • 7 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.

 


    

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