Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Bulletin Board

JUNE 6, 2014

MOFGA Farm Training Projects Coming Up
These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.
Coming up:
Ecological Pest Control
Monday, June 9, 5 p.m., Fisher Farm, Winterport
Tuesday, June 10, 5 p.m., Six River Farm, 496 Browns Point Rd., Bowdoinham

Effective ecological pest control starts with a farm system design based on the fundamental principles of diversity and complexity. Join Eric Sideman and Dave Colson, MOFGA's crops specialists, for a comprehensive perspective on managing pests in organic vegetable systems. More information.

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Doug Van Horn of Twitchell Hill Blueberries in Freedom

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Doug Van Horn of Twitchell Hill Blueberries in Freedom. The MOFGA certified organic grower raises 15 acres of wild blueberries, which he sells to After the Fall Farm. In the summer 2013 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, we featured Van Horn's work with Dr. Frank Drummond of the University of Maine to attract more native bees to his blueberries.        

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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MOFGA Volunteer Work Days - We Need Your Help!
On Thursday, June 12, volunteers can join our Low Impact Forestry team from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help with honeysuckle control and pruning white pines. No forestry experience necessary. We'll be working here at the MOFGA grounds. It's a great chance to lend a hand at MOFGA and spend some time with our great Low Impact Forestry volunteers.
On Friday, June 13, we will be setting up for Farm and Homestead Day. Join our Farm and Homestead crew as they set up tents, tables, chairs, and signage for Saturday's event. We'll begin at 9 a.m.
On Friday, June 13, we would love some extra hands for our Farm to Table dinner hosted by the Squire Tarbox Inn. This will be a great event in a beautiful setting to benefit MOFGA. We need help from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with set up, clean up, serving food, and more. There will be delicious pizza for all our volunteers!
On Saturday, June 14, we will be having Farm and Homestead Day here at MOFGA and need volunteers from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We need help with parking, at the gates, assisting presenters, and more. Come enjoy the event and lend a hand as well!
On Sunday, June 15, join us on the MOFGA grounds for clean up from Saturday's event. The Open Space Festival will take place in neighboring Thorndike, so swing by for a couple hours on your way to the event. We'll start clean up around 9 a.m.
If anyone would like to help with any or all of the events, please contact MOFGA Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby at 568-4142 or
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June 14
Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills
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Trail Hike at MOFGA

On June 14 from 11 a.m. to noon, during the Waldo County Open Space Festival and Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, Buck O'Herin of the Waldo County Trails Coalition will lead a hike along Sandy Stream in a mature hemlock forest. The hike will start at the stone archway at the north entrance of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. FMI: Nancy Rosalie at 568-7597 or or
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An Evening with a Small Ruminant Parasitologist, Dr. James Miller

Dr. James E. Miller, a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University, is scheduled to vacation in southern Maine in June. Dr. Miller is an expert in small ruminant gastrointestinal nematode parasitism. The Maine Sheep Breeders Association, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Turner Veterinary Service have arranged for sheep and goat producers and other interested parties to meet with and learn from Dr. Miller.
Monday, June 16, 2014
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. - Evening meal (on-your-own). Meet at Cole Farms Restaurant, 64 Lewiston Road (Routes100/202/4), Gray, Maine. Please arrive by 5:15 p.m. to order off the menu. RSVP 207-781-6099 or email with contact phone number, email, number attending and subject line MILLER.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Educational component of the evening, at the Maine Forest Service Building, Route 26 (356 Shaker Road), Gray. Free and open to the public.
Both sites are 10 minutes from Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike.
Topics to be presented: * update and new concepts regarding small ruminant parasite management - including organic and natural methods; * using anthelmintics effectively; * Q&A and discussion - Bring your questions
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Maine Sail Freight Project Planning Dinner at Tranquility Grange

Last October, the Vermont Sail Freight Project delivered $50,000 of regionally produced foods to customers waiting at the docks along a 300 mile route from Ferrisburgh, Vermont to Brooklyn, New York. On Sunday, June 22, at 5:00 pm Penobscot Marine Museum, Greenhorns, MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust are hosting a potluck dinner at Tranquility Grange Hall in Lincolnville to explore the possibilities for a Sail Freight Project along the coast of Maine. Maine, with its rich maritime history, strong boat building industry, conservation movement, and explosion of local, organic food production is a perfect place for the next sail freight project. Email Kathy Goldner at the museum, or call 207-548-2529 ext. 216 to reserve your seat. Bring a pot luck dish to share.
The event will begin with a panel presentation by Cate Cronin former Captain of the Hudson River Sloop, Cipperly Good curator at Penobscot Marine Museum, Lu Yodder boat builder and sailor for Mast Brothers Chocolate Sail Project, Patrick Kiley and Severine Fleming of Greenhorns and the Vermont Sail Project, Elisha Kaufman of Mystic Sheaf Traders, and Lance Lee of The Apprenticeshop in Rockport. The panel presentation will be followed by the pot luck dinner and a community conversation about ideas, proposals, vessel suggestions, and routes for a Maine Sail Freight Project.
Our thanks to sponsor Marshall Wharf Brewery in Belfast. For more information or to volunteer contact
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MOFGA Orcharding Workshop
June 28 - Summer Orchard Care Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine  
Instructors: C.J. Walke and Dave Colson
Cost: $30; $25 student/apprentice; free for MOFGA journeypersons

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but you weren't sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and you would like to learn organic cultivation methods? If so, join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. C.J. will discuss soil and nutrient requirements, explain organic pest and disease control and provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically. Please remember to bring a lunch. Register here.
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2014 Common Ground Country Fair Poster
This year's 2014 Common Ground Country Fair poster features medicinal herbs. The artist, Kate Seaver, is a MOFGA journeyperson and co-operator of Up-Beet Farm in Porter, a MOFGA certified organic market garden. Her art highlights a celebrated aspect of the Common Ground Country Fair, which features more than 1,400 exhibitors and speakers. This year's Fair will occur on September 19, 20 and 21.
Every year MOFGA holds a poster contest and welcomes all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions. Guidelines and application for the 2015 Fair.
For more information, please contact Fair director April Boucher at
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2013 Common Ground Country Fair items are now on sale!

MOFGA Country Store SALE!
Celebrating 38 years of the Common Ground Country Fair with a 38% OFF SALE on all 2013 Fair Oxen T-shirts, aprons, tote bags, posters and more!
See the sale items at the MOFGA Country Store
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A Reminder from Mary Yurlina of MOFGA Certification Services LLC

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting an application to get certified this year is coming right up for farms - on June 30. If you've been thinking about getting certified but have questions, give us a call or an email. The federal cost share program is in full swing for both farmers AND processors this year ... which means you get 75 percent of your certification fees (up to $750) back once you get certified. Paperwork and other tidbits are posted online here.
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New MOFGA Fact Sheet: Ridge Tillage at Hackmatack Farm

By Nicolas Lindholm

Ridge tillage, a hybrid between raised bed production and single row cropping, offers many of the benefits and advantages of both. With the added component of full-year cover cropping (a field is taken out of vegetable production every second or third year), this system creates soil conditions that favor proper air movement, water movement and residue decay, minimize soil damage or loss, break weed cycles and deplete the weed seed bank, and demand relatively low-intensive management by the farmer. Download a PDF of the Ridge Tillage fact sheet (3 pages, 1.5MB).
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

June 7-8 - Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor.

June 10, noon - Weed Identification and Organic Control, Eric Sideman of MOFGA. Talk at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Rd., Camden. or 236-2239

June 14 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills. Information.

June 17-18 - UVM Food Systems Summit - The Necessary [r] Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems, Burlington. Details.

June 20 - Maine's Growing Food Industry - Economic Development Council of Maine Annual Symposium. Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley.

June 20-21 - Maine Fare, Belfast.  A two-day festival of good food and food for thought. Hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center. MOFGA will have a table at Maine Fare on Friday, June 20. Details.

June 22 - Maine Sail Freight. 6 p.m., Tranquility Grange, Lincolnville, presented by The Greenhorns, Penobscot Marine Museum, MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust, Windjammers Association, the Boothbay Farmers' Market and Tranquility Grange. Panelists discuss their experience delivering cargo from Vermont to Manhattan last fall. A silent film, The Sam Levitt, a Maine sail freight project of the 1970s, will be shown, followed by a discussion. Potluck. FMI or to volunteer with setup, contact

June 22-25 - Revisioning Sustainability - Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems. UMass Amherst. Details.

June 26 - Public Hearing on the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission's 2014 Assessment. Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Room 220, Cross Office Building, Maine State House, Augusta. The Assessment presents information about the impact of international trade agreements on Maine laws, working conditions and business environment. A discussion will take place after the presentation.

June 26 - UMaine Sustainable Agriculture Twilight Tour - Sustainable Agriculture Research at Rogers Farm, Stillwater, Maine. 4 p.m. - weed walk with Eric Gallandt; 4:30 - registration; 5 to 7:45 - tours cover sustainable ag in Denmark; weed management, weed communities and climate change; plants to support native pollinators; alternative weed management strategies for vegetables; opportunities and challenges with fall-seeded crops; field pea varieties for livestock feed; incorporating wheat into organic forage rotations. No pre-registration required. Refreshments provided. 2 certified crop advisor credits and 1 pesticide credit will be offered. FMI: Ellen Mallory,, 207-581-2942.

June 28 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine. Instructors: CJ Walke and Dave Colson. Cost: $30 ($25 student/apprentice fee; free for JPs.) Registration.

July 4-6 - 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Details.

July 7 - Deadline to apply for USDA grants and combination grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014. Details.

July 17-20 - Timber Frame Construction Workshop for High School Students, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine. Only $100 for four-day workshop, thanks to support from MOFGA, Hancock Lumber, Woodmizer and Stihl. Includes instruction, tools, lunch and reference material (no overnight accommodations). Application deadline: June 16. Registration.

July 23 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference. Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Two-day conference fee is $300. (Includes delicious meals). Many participants arrive on Wednesday, July 23 and stay to attend the free Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, July 26. Registration.

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free! Over 60 vendors. Parking $2. Details.


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