Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Farmer to Farmer in the Field

MOFGA Events \ Farm Tours

 
 

A series of monthly free farmer-led, farm-based tours and education geared towards advanced and established farmers.

 

Seedling Production and Sales
Tuesday, May 29
at Bahner Farm
153 Augusta Rd., Belmont
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Join Mike and Christa Bahner on a tour of their farm and for a discussion on seedling production and sales outlets. The Bahners grow five acres of produce for sale across the midcoast. They raise seedlings for on farm use and sale. They produce over 10,000 units of seedlings for sale per year ranging from flowers to vegetables and herbs for markets and for their roadside farm stand.

Organic Strawberry Production
Tuesday, June 12
at Sheepscot General, Whitefield
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Ben and Taryn Marcus have owned and operated Sheepscot General Store and Farm for eight years. Growing organic strawberries for pick your own has been an important element for the business from the beginning. Join us and learn some of the lessons learned from growing this coveted fruit including crop rotation, fertility management, the art of mulching and weed management.

"Well-Being in the Slog of It"
Tuesday, July 3
Stonecipher Farm
1186 River Rd, Bowdoinham
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

​Join MOFGA Agricultural Services staff, Educational Programs staff, and your fellow farmers to start our conversation on addressing farmer well-being and long term viability. Enjoy some Flatbread pizza and great company while we begin to unpack the real challenges faced by farmers trying to balance their bottom line, interpersonal relationships, ethics, and their own physical and mental health both in and out of the field. What struggles do we have in common? What strategies have been effective (or not) for you? How can we better support each other's well-being and what role might MOFGA be able to play? Though the topic may be heavy at times, the goal of this gathering is to provide a comfortable environment for bringing to light some of the less-discussed realities we face in an honest, connective and constructive way. We hope this conversation will provide the seed for an ongoing thread of programming, support and community awareness that ensures that the practice of organic farming supports the health and well-being of farmers just as much as it does the eaters and environment that we all strive to serve.

Homeopathy​
​August 16, Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Please join us in a discussion of how to effectively use homeopathy with livestock. We will use this opportunity to improve our diagnostic and repetorizing skills. Feel free to bring any case information that you're questioning, and we'll look up rubrics. We can work through your case together and, maybe, find the right remedy! Please bring any repertory or material medicas you have to use for research. Discussion to be led by Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's organic dairy and livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist since 1988, and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM and Certified Veterinary Homeopath, the only large animal vet in Maine certified in classical homeopathy (now retired).

For more information on the use of homeopathy in the care of livestock, please view the MOFGA Agricultural Services' Livestock page.

Haymaking
August 23, Tessier Farm, Skowhegan
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Join Jacki Perkins, MOFGA's Organic Dairy and Livestock Specialist, and Rick Kersbergen, Cooperative Extension's Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems Specialist, at Tessier Farm. Tessier Farm raises a variety of natural meats, operates a small dairy, produces maple sugar, and has an on-site inspected processing facility for poultry and rabbits. The farm has been in operation since 2001 and has steadily grown since. Jason and Carrie Tessier have been making their own hay since 2005 starting off with the oldest equipment you could find. Since then they have upgraded a few pieces here and there and have learned plenty about making quality feed. The hay operation consists of 130 acres of mixed grass with usually 2 cuttings a season. Their approximate yearly production is 1500 square bales, 150 4x4 dry round bales, 120 4x4 wrapped bales, and 40 tons grass silage in bunker.

Wash/Pack Facility and FSMA
Monday, September 10
Wise Acres Farm, Kenduskeag
424 Townhouse Rd.
5:30 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Brittany Hopkins of Wise Acres Farm grows certified organic vegetables, berries and cover crops on 4+ acres and markets through two busy farmers’ markets and a small CSA program with the help of her wife Joy and two full-time seasonal employees. Since starting the farm in 2012, she has invested in upgrades to the farm’s infrastructure including a 8’x8’ walk-in cooler, NRCS-funded high tunnel and irrigation pipeline, caterpillar tunnels, and most recently a 24’x30’ wash/pack shed and barrel washer. While the farm is exempt from most FSMA requirements, she has also made changes to harvest and post-harvest practices over time to improve efficiency and address food safety considerations. She will be doing an on-farm readiness review this fall in preparation for developing a food safety plan.

Dr. Robson Machado from Cooperative Extension will be joining us on this tour. He has statewide responsibilities in helping Maine farmers and food entrepreneurs develop safe foods while assisting processors to address changing regulations when commercializing local food and beverage products.

Mock Certification Inspection
Thursday, October 18
The Farm at KVCC, Clinton
5:00 p.m. farm tour; 6 p.m. discussion

Join MOFGA certification specialists and staff at The Farm at KVCC for a Mock Certification Inspection and tour with Q&A throughout the tour.

For more information contact MOFGA events coordinator Anna Mueller.

 

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