Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA Events

MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

Value Added Diverse Dairy

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 21, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe. In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to “get big or get out” as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture-based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative - by diversification, value-added production and innovative marketing strategies. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows in Monroe. See how farmers Greg and Heide Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long-term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese and ice cream, along with honey, fermented vegetables, sausages, sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spots, meat chickens and eggs. They recently added a new cheese cave to make cave aged cheese and salami. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other. Potluck to follow.

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Explore Will Bonsall's Homestead and Gardens

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 22, 2019 – Thursday, 6 p.m., Khadighar Farm, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, Maine 04938. Known by many throughout Maine, Khadighar Farm is a unique example of veganic gardening. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, and grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees). Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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Meet Geese, Goats, and More at Hostile Valley Living

MOFGA Gather & Grow Homestead Tour

August 27, 2019 – Tuesday, 6 p.m., Hostile Valley Living, 169 Upper Hostile Valley Rd., Liberty, Maine 04949. Hostile Valley Farm is a 93-acre homestead in Liberty. When Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Patrick Jackson first moved there in the spring of 2016, the farm had been abandoned for over twenty years. Over the course of three years the couple has made the barn a comfortable home for their dairy goats, two dozen geese, flock of chickens and guinea fowl, and pair of pigs. They've returned the fields to open land for haying and future orchards, vineyards, and crops, and are working on clearing a few additional acres and adding ponds for their waterfowl. Using their own manpower and working smartly with their livestock, they also maintain a large personal vegetable garden. Donations to support this and other MOFGA programming are accepted at the door. For more information, contact Anna Libby.

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Land Tenure

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

August 28, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Dickey Hill Farm, Monroe. Finding a place to farm can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re working as a farm hand, manager or apprentice it is never too soon to consider your options. Join Noami and James of Dickey Hill Farm and Abby Sadauckas, Field Agent for Land For Good to get a better idea of how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you’ll need and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream.

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Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

MOFGA Farm Training Project Workshop

September 4, 2019 – Wednesday, 5 p.m. at Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham. MOFGA estimates that Maine needs about 150 new farmers each year just to maintain the infrastructure required to support our local food system – so every new farm operation in Maine is a reason to celebrate! But getting started in farming is becoming increasingly difficult in many ways. Join Abby and Jake of Apple Creek Farm as they share their insights and enthusiasm about how they market their livestock products year-round and utilize a mix of owned and leased acreage to support their growing farm business. Abby is the Maine Field Agent for Land for Good and will introduce several key agricultural service providers to explain how their programs can help. If you’re considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation. Potluck to follow.

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Cider Camp with the Greenhorns

September 14-15, 2019 – Pembroke, Maine. Once again we will make cider, but this time on a much grander scale. Come for the day or come for the week to gather and press apples with our home-built hydraulic cider press – good for vinegar, good for sweet and good for a hard New England treat! Co-sponsored by MOFGA. For registration or more details email office@greenhorns.org.

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Beginner Beekeeping at Hurricane Valley Farm

September 14, 2019 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hurricane Valley Farm, Rte 100 (Grey Road), Falmouth, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Co-hosted with Cultivating Community.  Join us for an introductory workshop on beekeeping at Cultivating Community’s new incubator farm in West Falmouth. Learn about the basics of beekeeping and strategies for preparing hives for winter from Master Beekeeper and owner of Cooper’s Apiaries Mark Cooper, and then try your hand at extracting honey! Bring a bagged lunch. Contact events@mofga.org with questions. REGISTRATION

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Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. 

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.

Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

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Great Maine Apple Day

October 13, 2019 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shineCelebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

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Farmer to Farmer Conference 2019

November 2-4, 2019 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine. 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.

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Beginner Hide Tanning – Fall Workshop

November 13, 2019 – Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery.

 

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, November 14 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $125 – REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE for Draft and Mechanical Logging Workshops
Taught by foresters, soil scientists, and experienced landowners, this one-day introductory field course serves as a great introduction to the philosophy of Low-Impact forestry.
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Logging with Draft Animals Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with draft animals.
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Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with hand tools and small machinery.
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Beginner Hide Tanning – Winter Workshop

January 11, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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Hide Tanning: Beyond the Basics

February 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. This workshop is designed for those with some experience tanning. You'll get help troubleshooting common challenges, learn new methods of tanning, and can bring your own projects if you would like to work on them with support. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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