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

MOFGA Events \ Farm Tours

 
 

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.