Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Bulletin Board

MAY 23, 2014

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MOFGA Farm Training Projects Coming Up
Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management
Tuesday, May 27, 5 p.m., Village Farm, Freedom
Wednesday, May 28, 5 p.m., Broadturn Farm, Scarborough

Healthy, living soil is the foundation of successful organic agriculture. Join MOFGA staff and several successful organic farmers for an introduction to organic soil fertility management and the use of rotation, composting, green manures, cover crops and tillage strategies to build organic matter and enhance the health and productivity of farm soil. These informal tours and presentations, 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.  More information.
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Clayton Carter of Fail Better Farm
Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Clayton Carter of MOFGA certified organic Fail Better Farm in Etna (website and Facebook page).
Clayton is a 9th generation family farmer who grew up in Indiana, then ran away from farming to work as a computer programmer before buying his first farm share and realizing he really did want to farm. He moved to Maine, learned to grow organic veggies and became MOFGA's Farmer-in-Residence. Now he raises vegetables at his Etna farm and sells at the Waterville, Bangor and Orono Farmers’ Markets. He is also on the board of directors for the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets.       

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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June 14
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Free, hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills
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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 - $30 
Instructors: C.J. Walke and Dave Colson

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but not sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and 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.
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Award for Common Ground Country Fair
MOFGA won the Portland Phoenix Readers Choice Award for Best Fair/Festival for the second year in a row - and for the second year since the award has been offered. Fair Coordinator Courtney Williams accepted the award for MOFGA. Check it out on the Portland Phoenix website and on Facebook (photo).
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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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Flea beetle damage

New MOFGA Pest Report

Eric Sideman's newest Pest Report provides information about asparagus beetles, Mexican bean beetles, flea beetles on brassicas, and oedema.

Read the report.
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Noted Author Maria Speck to Keynote Kneading Conference

Amber Lambke tells us that Maria Speck, the award-winning author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and recipient of the coveted Julia Child Award, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, Maine, on July 24-25.

She will speak about her inspired whole grain recipes - from amaranth to wheat berries. Maria is currently working on her next cookbook, tentatively titled Simply Ancient Grains, due out in spring 2015. Raised in Greece and Germany, Maria has a lifelong passion for whole grains. She is a veteran journalist and food writer who has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur and Gastronomica. Register for the Kneading Conference.
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Steve Morrison of Clovercrest Farm, a certified organic dairy farm, was selling milk to MOO Milk before the company went out of business.

Please Help Our Organic MOO Milk Farmers!

The Maine Farm Bureau has started fundraising through its nonprofit disaster relief fund to help farmers affected by the recent closure of MOO Milk, an organic milk processor. To contribute to the fund, you can pay with a Visa or MasterCard by calling 1-800-639-2126 and talking with Lena or Jasmine during business hours; or checks made out to Maine Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund may be mailed to Maine Farm Bureau, 4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 1, Augusta, ME 04330. Bangor Daily News.
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

May 24 - Deadline to apply for next round of No Small Potatoes loan.

May 24 - Maine Highlands Chapter Raspberry Thinning/Pruning/Transplanting Workshop.
Saturday, 9 a.m., Felix Blinn's Farm in Brownville. Bring a spade, gloves, lunch/snack/water, and a bucket if you'd like to take home some of the thinnings. Directions from Dover-Foxcroft area: Go to Milo, then north to Brownville on route 11. Turn right at Irving station, cross bridge and go out Church Street 1 and a quarter miles. Felix's farm is at 230 Church St. on the left. Lots of fences as you approach. Please e-mail if you want to come. Up to 30 people welcome.

May 28 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Green cemeteries and natural burial.
6 p.m., MOFGA library, Unity. Speakers Alison Rector, board member of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Penelope Olson, a MOFGA volunteer working on a green cemetery project at MOFGA. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share.

May 29, 7 p.m. - Talk on Farm Building. Planning, designing, implementing and managing an organic farm, presented by Jen Porter. Camden Public Library. Details.

May 28 - Film: More Than Honey. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Sponsors: Waldo County Beekeepers, Belfast Co-op. Free.

June 2 - Deadline to apply for Grants for Gardens from Annies, to help schools and other educational programs build gardens. Details.

June 6 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and

June 6 - Need Clarity on the NOP Seed Requirement? The Organic Seed Alliance will host a webinar through eOrganic that educates certifiers and certified operations on the topic of organic seed availability and sourcing. Registration.

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.

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 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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