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 The MOFGA Calendar

April

  • 18 - Film: The Weight of the Nation. 7:00 p.m., FARMS Community Kitchen above Rising Tide Market, Upper Main St., Damariscotta. Information: Samuel Kaymen 677-2391 or www.mefarms.org.
  • 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA by preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI: alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142.
  • 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine. Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge – Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.
  • 19 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center Unity. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details. Registration.
  • 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details.
  • 21 - MOFGA Certified Organic Growers – Some certification updates are due today. Please check the paperwork MOFGA sent you to see if this applies to you.
  • 23 - Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Spring. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home). Limit: 15 people. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Class details.
  • 24-27 - Timber Frame Construction Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This hands-on workshop introduces students to the basic practices of successful timber frame construction. Beginning with locally harvested logs, students are introduced to sustainable forestry practices, basic building design methods, and work together on a frame. All experience levels welcome. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org
  • 25 - Film: The Weight of the Nation. 7:00 p.m., FARMS Community Kitchen above Rising Tide Market, Upper Main St., Damariscotta. Information: Samuel Kaymen 677-2391 or www.mefarms.org.
  • 26 - Maine Farm to College Convening. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Alfond Recreation Center, St. Joseph’s College, Standish. Details.
  • 26 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast. $15 at the door ($35 maximum for families)
  • 29 - Film: American Meat. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Post-film discussion with local grass-based farmers, moderated by Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist. Sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op. Details.
  • 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats, their health issues and how Maine is being impacted. Speaker Annie Kassler of Bat Conservation will show slides and video. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share. MOFGA library, Unity. 6:00 p.m.

May

  • TBD - Penobscot County MOFGA Chapter – “More than the Tip of the Iceberg.” An edible exploration of the myriad open-pollinated lettuce varieties available to the home gardener and market farmer. BYOB [Bring your own bottle of dressing] to this event in Corinth. Contact Galen at 207-745-4797.
  • 1 - Fund-a-Farmer Grant deadline. The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants of up to $2,500 for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve marketing of their humane products, or more generally enrich conditions in which farm animals are raised. Details.
  • 1-2 - Slow Money Maine Regional Gathering. Portland. Afternoon food tour and social hour on May 1; daylong gathering on May 2. Details.
  • 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 2 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA’s new Executive Director. MOFGA and its mission – brief talk and slide show, followed by a light reception. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/
  • 2 - Film: In Organic We Trust. 7:00 p.m., FARMS Community Kitchen above Rising Tide Market, Upper Main St., Damariscotta. Information: Samuel Kaymen 677-2391 or www.mefarms.org.
  • 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Level 1. Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, 362 Flat Road, West Bethel. Details and registration.
  • 8 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30. in MOFGA's library.
  • 9 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. Augusta. Details.
  • 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA. Details on Facebook and the website of Sunnywood Farm. Profile page on MOFGA.org.
  • 10 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. A program on preserving Maine’s heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA’s 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/
  • 16-18 - New England Livestock Expo. Windsor. Details.
  • 16, 17 & 18; June 27, 28 & 29; July 19 & 20; August 23 & 24; September 5, 6 & 7 - Permaculture Design Course. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. FMI: Lisa Fernandes, lisa@resiliencehub.org.
  • 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This day-and-a-half-long hands-on training will give women of all experience levels the confidence and knowledge to safely operate a chainsaw. Students will learn about safety gear, practice basic techniques, learn about maintenance and practice tree felling. This course is well suited to homeowners, resource professionals, trail volunteers, farmers and anyone who might use a chainsaw. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org
  • 18 - Ripe For Discussion – Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/
  • 20 - Lyme Disease presentation. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Lyme disease specialist Dr. Beatrice Szantyr on ticks, the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, the incidence of Lyme disease in Maine, difficulties of medical diagnosis, and steps to protect yourself and your family. Sponsors: Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op.
  • 25 - Celebration of the life of Bill Coperthwaite. 10 a.m., Grange Hall, 1 Elm St., Machias, followed by a shared lunch; and a 4 p.m. tree planting at Bill’s burial site at his homestead. To RSVP and for more information: Dickinsonsreach@gmail.com or Peter Forbes at 802-595-0711.
  • 28 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Green cemeteries and natural burial. 6 p.m., MOFGA library, Unity. Speakers Alison Rector, board member of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Penelope Olson, a MOFGA volunteer working on a green cemetery project at MOFGA. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share.
  • 28 - Film: More Than Honey. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Sponsors: Waldo County Beekeepers, Belfast Co-op. Free.
  • 31 - Celebration of the life of Bill Coperthwaite. 1 p.m., Browne Center, 340 Dame Rd., Durham, N.H., followed by shared food, refreshments and yurt walks. To RSVP and for more information: Chuck Cox, Tuckaway Farm, 36 Captain Smith Emerson Road, Lee, NH 03861; tuckawayfarm@comcast.net; 603-868-1822

June

  • 1 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7-8 - Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor. www.fiberfrolic.com/
  • 14 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills.
  • 20-21 - Maine Fare, Belfast. www.maine-fare.org
  • 27 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. Location TBD. Details.
  • 28 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Location TBD

July

  • 4 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 10 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30. in MOFGA's library.
  • 10 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn to process poultry into oven roasters, safely and humanely. Bring a kitchen knife and apron. Each participant takes home a bird. Registration.
  • 23 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.
  • 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference.
  • 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair. Skowhegan. Details.

August

  • Summer Pasture Walks.
  • 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 7-10 - The Maine Mycological Association will host the 2014 NEMF foray at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Details.
  • 9 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Details.
  • 14 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. 1:30 to 5:30, MOFGA Library.
  • 17 - Steer and Lamb Show. 4 p.m., and Aug. 19, 7 p.m. Steer and Lamb Auction - A new youth show and auction for market steer and lamb projects at the Union Fair. To participate, contact Heidi Baker, 207-975-4415 or unionmarketshow@gmail.com. Details.

September

  • 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
  • 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.
  • 11 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 3:00 - 5:30. in MOFGA's library.
  • 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair
  • 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
  • 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop. 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.
  • 19 - MOFGA Board of Directors meeting. Sunday, 9:00 a.m., MOFGA Library.
  • 19 - Great Maine Apple Day. 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.
  • 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.
  • Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Details.
  • Chainsaw Safety Workshops. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Details.

December

  • 4 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity.
  • 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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