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JULY 19, 2013

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Winterberry Farm
The crew at Winterberry Farm in Belgrade.

Sunday, July 21, is Open Farm Day in Maine!
Farms throughout Maine open their gates so that the public can learn about the business of agriculture. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to see. Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments. Participating farms.

Here are some other upcoming farm tours:

July 21

Balfour Farm, Pittsfield

Pondview Farm, Limington

July 24, 5 to 8 p.m. - Celebrate Maine Farmland Trust's Forever Farms at MOFGA certified organic Winterberry Farm, 538 Augusta Rd. (Route 27), Belgrade. This free event is open to everyone and features organic, local grilled chicken and fresh produce, local beer and wine, ice cream, live music and farm tours.

July 28

Khadighar, Industry - General Farm Tour

Aug. 4

Khadighar, Industry - Scatterseed Project Tour

Kiwihill Farm, Sidney

See more listings.

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Andrea Smith of Brae Maple Farm in Union.
Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Andrea Smith who, with her husband, Allan, owns Brae Maple Farm in Union. The Smiths sell their MOFGA certified organic vegetables, herbs, herb and vegetable plants, as well as catnip toys, unique Maine Christmas ornaments and dream pillows, at the Belfast, Rockland and Camden farmers' markets, at the Common Ground Country Fair farmers' market and through a Senior Farm Share program. Allan and Andrea also open their farm annually for Open Farm Day (July 21 this year), displaying creative gardening methods used by Master Gardener volunteers, a medicine wheel garden, donkeys, Highland cattle and more.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Volunteer Projects at the Common Ground Education Center

Volunteers opportunities to help out are posted on our list of Year-Round Volunteer Projects. We hope to see you soon!

Sign up to volunteer now.

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Volunteer for the 2013 Fair

Here at MOFGA, we depend on all our volunteers to make each Fair a success. It's easy to register for a volunteer shift using our online system. To register or retrieve your password please visit: Or, if you'd like to learn more about volunteering at the Fair, just visit our webpage on for more information. Please contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at with any questions you may have. We'll see you at the Fair!

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Super Chilly Farm
Visitors to Super Chilly Farm heading to John Bunker's new apple orchard ecosystem site.
Anna Mueller
MOFGA's intrepid intern from Unity College, Anna Mueller, at Super Chilly Farm.
MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops

Farm Training Project workshops continue to attract dozens of MOFGA apprentices and others interested in learning how experienced farmers are growing, marketing, controlling pests, and generally raising crops and livestock. This week's tour took place at Super Chilly Farm in Palermo, where John Bunker talked about his goal of growing apple trees with no - not even organic - pesticides. He showed an acre orchard planted with 40 trees and dozens (hundreds?) of interplanted species, as well as a huge hugelkultur mound - logs, twigs and soil mounded and planted with sunflowers, beans and other crops. John gave a moving talk about everyone about every plant, rock, creature, day ... being a miracle.

Next week's workshop, "Innovative diversification and stewardship strategies for a small Maine farm," takes place on Thursday, July 25, at 5 p.m. at Miel Farm in Auburn. Luis Feliciano has been developing Miel Farm for three years. Guided by the principles of biodynamics and permaculture, he uses a broad range of innovative approaches, enterprises and techniques. These include keyline system water management, establishing contour lines, silvopasture and livestock, swales and terrace farming, and rotational grazing and electric fencing. He also keeps bees and uses draft animal power. His farm tour will highlight several of these approaches and their integration into his farm plan. Enjoy a potluck supper after the tour. Read more.

For directions to any of the workshops, email Abby or call 568-4142. To join the email list click here.

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Maine Board of Pesticides Control
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control is holding its regular meeting at MOFGA on Friday, July 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. Agenda items (posted with supporting documents at include a 1-hour public forum; amendments to Chapter 27, Standards for Pesticide Application and Public Notification in Schools; a Special Local Need Registration Request for GWN 1715 to Control Mites and Whiteflies on Greenhouse Tomatoes at Backyard Farms; Review of a Draft Policy on Exclusion Areas for Potential Aerial, Public-Health-Related Mosquito-Control Programs; Consideration of a Variance Request from Boyle Associates to Treat Phragmites in Jordan Park Marsh in Old Orchard Beach; Loveland Products Request for a 24(c) Registration Request for Malathion 8 Aquamul for Use on Lowbush blueberries; two consent agreements; and more.

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Small Business Innovation Research
USDA's 2014 SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program is a +$2B grant program for early stage, high-risk development of new products and services. Proposals are due September 26, 2013. USDA will accept quality R&D proposals from for-profit companies under a wide variety of topics: Forests and Related Resources; Plant Production and Protection - Biology; Animal Production and Protection; Air, Water and Soils; Food Science and Nutrition; Rural and Community Development; Aquaculture; Biofuels and Biobased Products; Small and Mid-Size Farms; Plant Production and Protection - Engineering.

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The SBIR program is a three-phase program:
Phase I - Feasibility study - up to $100,000 for an 8-month research effort
Phase II - Prototype Development - up to $400,000 for a 2-year development effort
Phase III - Commercialization - no SBIR funding but other funding may be used

Interested applicants can talk with Karen West, SBIR/STTR consultant for the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), to learn more about the program and how MTI's free assistance program can help them develop their innovative idea, product or service. MTI offers a free technical assistance program consisting of a team of consultants to help guide companies through writing their proposal. MTI also offers a Phase 0 program to help defray the costs of writing an SBIR proposal (hire grant writers, industry experts, market reports, etc.). Visit the website or contact Karen West, C & P Management Services, LLC, Washington, ME  04574; Tel: 207-845-2934; Fax: 207-845-2904; Cell: 207-350-1924;

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Register for MOFGA's Fall Events!

Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  Kitchen Licensing Workshop
December 4, Wednesday
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen

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MOFGA Job Opening: Events Coordinator

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has an immediate opening for a half-time Events Coordinator.

The Events Coordinator will work with Educational Programs, Agricultural Services, and other MOFGA staff and volunteers as appropriate to manage logistics for MOFGA's educational meetings, programs, and events. This position is currently funded for 20 hours per week on average. Intensity of schedule will vary and will be dictated by seasonal demands of MOFGA's events calendar, with significant pulses in the fall and spring of the year. Some availability on nights and weekends is required.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three professional references in portable document format (pdf) via email to Andrew Marshall: Review of applications will begin July 22, and we expect to fill the position by August 1.

More information and full job description.

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Organic Agriculture in the News

Growing Organically: A 30 year retrospective

Cambridge Journals

Dr. Garth Youngberg and Suzanne DeMuth have made a fundamental contribution to the literature on organic and sustainable agriculture with the recently published first view article: Organic Agriculture in the United States: A Thirty-Year Retrospective. In their paper, Youngberg and DeMuth trace the policy history of organic agriculture in the United States as well as its growing popularity with consumers and farmers. The paper is available online until July 30, 2013. Read more.
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What Maine Can Teach the Rest of the Country About Farming
Modern Farmer
By Tom Wolf, July 18, 2013 - Forget Stephen King and lobster rolls. The really impressive thing about Maine? Farms are being started at a rate nearly four times faster than the national average, the average age of its farmers is below the national - and rapidly greying - average (and keep in mind Maine is the most geriatric state in the Union), and it boasts one of the highest organic-to-conventional-farm ratios in the United States. Read more.

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Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Farmer Field Days at Neighboring Farms in Washington County. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Every Monday morning 7 a.m. - Scything and Permaculture, Jim Kovaleski, 187 US Route 1, Robbinston. FMI:

NOFA-New Hampshire Summer Series -
A wide range of topics at workshops held throughout New Hampshire during the summer and fall.

NOFA Vermont Summer Workshops - Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, a gardener or homesteader, or just want to deepen your connection to local farms, NOFA Vermont's summer workshop series has something for you. Workshops are held every few days at locations throughout Vermont.

July 21 - Open Farm Day. 80 locations statewide. Website.

July 21 - Sagadahoc MOFGA: Open Farm Day tour in group(s). Visit two or three farms in close proximity. Coordinated by George Sergeant. For information, contact Sally Fesler:

July 23 - Pasture Management: Weed Control and Old Field Restoration.
Tues., 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Knox-Lincoln Extension, 377 Manktown Rd, Waldoboro. Presenter: Rick Kersbergen, Waldo County Extension Educator. Is your pasture or hayfield overrun with buttercup and/or smooth bedstraw? Do you have old fields that you would like to bring back? Chemical and non-chemical methods will be discussed. Program is free, but register at 596-2040 or contact Hildy Ellis,

July 24 - Grist Mill Tour at Somerset Grist Mill. Weds., 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 42 Court St., Skowhegan, included in the registration fee for the Kneading Conference. Maine Grains sells to the wholesale market and the Pickup CSA, providing organic stone-milled grains, locally grown and traditionally milled.

July 25 and 26 - 2013 Kneading Conference.
Thurs. and Fri., Skowhegan.

30 workshops, talks, and panel discussions for everyone interested in local grains, craft breads, wood-fired ovens, and restoring regional grain networks. $300 includes (delicious!) meals. Information.

July 27 - Grist Mill Tour at Somerset Grist Mill. Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., 42 Court St., Skowhegan, included in the registration fee for the Kneading Conference.

July 27 - 5th Artisan Bread Fair. Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free. Celebration of craft bread, local grains, and the interesting tools, books, and accessories useful to baking. Live music and demonstrations during the day. Wood-Fired pizzas and other delicious local foods. Website.

July 26 - Maine Board of Pesticides Control meeting. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.

MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Level II Workshop, Draft Animal Logging
July 26-28, Bethel, Me.

This 3-day workshop builds on the skills that students developed in the Level I Draft Power Logging Workshop. Students are expected to have completed LIF's Level I course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

Bud grafting
Bud grafting. Source.

MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting
July 27, Thorndike. $30.
Bud grafting involves cutting out a vegetative bud and a small section of the stem tissue attached to the bud and inserting it into a cut section of bark in another tree. Learn this method of propagating fruit trees and many ornamentals. Taught by Delton Curtis of Curtis Pond Nursery, grafter for FEDCO trees. Course ($30) will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregister.

July 29 - Deadline, Northeast SARE Research and Education Grant applications,
for outcome-based projects offering research, education, and demonstration projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices. Website.

July 31 - Highmoor Farm Field Day and Summer Tour,
Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monmouth. Registration: $20.00 (includes lunch). Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Please contact Pam St. Peter at or 207-933-2100 to preregister. Website.

August 1 - YardScaping: Beautiful & Ecological Garden Inspiration. 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Back Cove, Portland. $15.00 ELA member or $20 Non-member. A diverse team of volunteers from public, private, profit and non-profit organizations created this educational project to showcase the possibilities for attractive, low-input, and low-impact gardening. Tour guide Gary Fish holds a B.S. in Forest and Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, College of Forest Resources and is the Manager of Pesticide Programs at the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. Hosted by Ecological Landscaping Association. Registrations are limited - use this link to register online. More information: or (617) 436-5838.

August 9 to 11 - Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference, Amherst, Mass.
Keynote speakers, more than 200 workshops, family activities. Workshops in eight tracks: beginning farmer, CSA, grazing, nutrient density, organic land care, permaculture, co-ops and season extension. Information.

August 15 to 17 - Boston GreenFest.
Boston City Hall Plaza. Free. Information.

Cheryl Wixson
Cheryl Wixson

Sept. 4 and Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Volunteer work days in MOFGA's Common Kitchen.
Join MOFGA's Cheryl Wixson to focus on "Putting Food By" and preserving items from MOFGA's gardens to use at the Fair and throughout the year. To sign up, please email Anna Libby,

September 11 - Note date change: Four Season Forward - Producing Year-Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels and Quickhoops, with Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting. Four-season production is a collection of innovative growing techniques that use season-extension products such as coldframes, Quickhoops, low tunnels and stationary and movable high tunnels. These techniques can be used to develop a new business on small acreage or to add an additional business to an existing farm that allows a farm to thrive all year. Four-season production is a management intensive process that relies on understanding appropriate crop selection, protected cultivation basics, careful succession planning and effective record keeping. Clara will provide in-depth information on four-season production practices, demonstrate best high tunnel uses and answer questions during this six-hour workshop. Co-sponsored by MOFGA and Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District. Location and time TBD. Information.

Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Explore the Depth and Breadth of Sustainable Forestry at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.
Real-life forestry practitioners will introduce you to the theory, practice, economics, ecology and legal aspects of sustainable forestry. Co-sponsored by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. $80 members of CMBG and HVNC; $95 non-members. FMI:, or 200-8840.

Many more events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.




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