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.

Greenhouse Management at Fisher Farm

April 24, 2019 – 2 p.m. farm tour; 2:30 topic discussion; 177 Coles Corner Rd., Winterport, Maine. Fisher Farm is a family farm growing certified organic vegetables and cut flowers for a 100-member CSA and three farmers markets. They raise all their own transplants from seed in a 30- x 100-foot greenhouse and this year they are also growing plants for their second annual on-farm seedling sale event. FMI: Anna Mueller

 

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STEMports Youth Design Hub Meetup

April 25, 2019 – Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. We need your help developing a place-based multiplayer game that highlights the hidden STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) within sustainable agriculture, forestry and renewable energy in Maine. Monthly meetups are free and are open to youth ages 13 and over – no experience in gaming or STEM required. FMI or to RSVP: alibby@mofga.org or dmacphee@mmsa.org

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Maine School Garden Day

April 27, 2019 – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trenton Elementary School, 51 School Road, Trenton, ME 04605. $35; ($45 after April 19) and includes a local foods lunch. A full day of workshops and networking for school garden enthusiasts. Whether you’re dreaming of starting an educational garden or working to develop an existing program – this day is for you! Hosted by Maine School Garden Network (MSGN), Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC), MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Registration

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Maine Heritage Orchard Annual Planting Day

April 27, 2019 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maine Heritage Orchard, 85 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity, Maine. Join us for the Maine Heritage Orchard's 6th annual tree planting day. With your help we will plant 6 apple trees and several herbaceous & woody companions. We will also remove tree guards, check trees for damage and add mulch at the Maine Heritage Orchard and at the North Orchard at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center (across the road). RSVP on Volunteer Hub

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Spring Growth Conference 2019: Managing Labor on the Farm

April 27, 2019 - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. The program at Spring Growth this year will help you navigate the legalities of hiring and managing farm labor. Learn from other farmers about their farm labor models. Fee: $20 for MOFGA members and certified organic growers; $30 for non-members. (Free for current MOFGA apprenticeship host farms.) Scholarship information. Lunch is included. Registration

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Organic Farming: Principles & Practices – Basic Livestock Handling

May 1, 2019 – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Misty Brook Farm, Albion, Maine. Fee: $75; $60 for MOFGA members; free for apprentices. Knowing proper handling and first aid techniques can save lots of money and grief when adding livestock to the farm. Jacki Perkins, a long-time homesteader and MOFGA's Dairy Specialist, will be at Misty Brook Farm in Albion, Maine teaching livestock handling. Registration

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Permaculture Design Course

Coming to MOFGA This Summer

May 18, 2019 – Join The Resilience Hub and Midcoast Permaculture as they host their 20th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate course beginning on at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. This one-weekend-per-month format is ideal for anyone who would not be able to spend two weeks in an “immersion” permaculture design course. Registration

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Home Firewood Production Basics

From the Woodlot to the Woodshed

June 8, 2019 – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine. $75; $60 for members of MOFGA or the Midcoast Conservancy. Do you have a woodlot? Are you interested in harvesting your own firewood? Join us for this new workshop on home firewood production! This workshop will cover the basics of home firewood production from the selection of wood species, the cutting a number of different diameters of wood, hand and mechanical splitting, as well as storage/drying options for the homeowner. With questions, please contact Anna at alibby@mofga.org. Registration

 

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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 22, 2019 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.  Free • Open to the public • No pre-registration required. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Over 40 unique, participatory workshops. Includes a plant swap, a potluck picnic lunch, and a stone soup made with your contributions. Information

 

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2019 Maine Apple Camp

August 16-18, 2019 – 12 noon Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday at Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine. Fee: $225; MOFGA members $200. Saturday only: $100. Apple Lovers! Orchardists! Cider Makers! Fruit Explorers! Join fellow apple enthusiasts for Maine Apple Camp. Registration includes room & board, all camp sessions. All ages welcome – most talks geared towards ages 16+. More details will be announced soon. Registration will open June 15, 2019.

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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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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. To read full descriptions of all workshops click here.

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry – Registration opens on June 15, 2019

Logging with Draft Animals

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery

 

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Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 5, 2019 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Registration will open June 15, 2019.

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