The Partridge Challenge
In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
Please join MOFGA in meeting this exciting challenge!
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Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine
PO Box 170
Unity, ME 04988
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME
By Kathryn Skelton – Poland: Tomi Chipman was sitting in an anthropology class at Bates College in Lewiston, on a premed track, and realized she would rather be out in the field with her dad. By last fall, she had made up her mind. When she graduates, Chipman wants to be a farmer.
By Tom Atwell – This has been a strange year for gardening – ahead of schedule and behind at the same time. We planted our first round of peas in late March, earlier than ever before, and they are doing well. There are a few tiny, unfilled pods and lots of blossoms.
November 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.
November 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 581-3878. Registration.
November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Augusta. 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.
November 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.
November 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.
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