Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Bulletin Board

MAY 9, 2014

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Jennell Carter of Casco Bay Butter Company

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jennell Carter who, with Alicia Menard, owns and operates Casco Bay Butter Company in Portland, Maine.
They offer many kinds of handcrafted butters at their farmers' market stand, including a MOFGA certified organic cultured butter, available salted and unsalted. You can find Casco Bay Butters in a variety of stores, including When Pigs Fly, Royal River Natural Foods, The Good Life Market, Rosemont Market, Rising Tide, Even Tide and State of Maine Cheese Company. Visit their website.       

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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How to Cook Fiddleheads
We got a lot of suggestions for ways to enjoy fiddlehead ferns on our Facebook page.

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Radishes at Fail Better Farm's booth at the Waterville Farmers' Market

Maine Farmers' Markets Opening Now

Maine's farmers' markets are opening! (And winter markets are shifting to main-season markets.) Find one near you.

Ripe for Discussion: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 10
From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard
Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA's 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms. PMA and MOFGA members free!

May 18
Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods
Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions. PMA and MOFGA members free!

All events are at the PMA and cost $10 (free for MOFGA and PMA members). Reservations are strongly recommended; visit or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.
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Lauren Cormier illustration

MOFGA Volunteer Workday
at the Maine Heritage Orchard

On Saturday, May 17th, MOFGA volunteers will be planting companion plants in the Maine Heritage Orchard. We'll begin work at 9 a.m., with a hands-on lesson about the day's work at 9:30. Please bring your own lunch, and tools if you have them!

Contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at or 568-4142 with any questions.    
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© 2005 Carol A. Sloane

Reception for Carol Sloane To Benefit MOFGA
Carol Sloane, an artist from Washington, Maine, will be featured at a reception on May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cribstone Capital Management, 7 North Chestnut St., in Augusta. Carol is generously donating one-third of the proceeds from the sale of several of her paintings during this exhibit to MOFGA! All are welcome to attend. View her work online.   
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MOFGA's 2014 Farm Training Projects Begin
Wednesday, May 21, 5 p.m. - Greenhouse Management, Laughing Stock Farm, 79 Wardtown Rd., Freeport. The greenhouse is a key part of any organic farm. As "the place where it all starts," but also the place where a whole lot can go wrong in a hurry, learning proper greenhouse management is essential. Come see how Lisa and Ralph Turner of Laughing Stock Farm use their greenhouses as well as how they manage fertility, water, pests and diseases inside. Details.
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New Manual on Forming Co-ops
Growing a Food System for the Future: A Manual for Co-operative Enterprise Development is now posted online. New England Farmers Union developed this manual for those who want to understand more about the role co-ops play in the food system, for those looking to form a co-operative, and for members of existing co-operatives who may be looking for resources to help the co-op function better or expand.
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Comments Sought on Post Harvest Handling Guidance
The Federal Register has announced the public comment period for draft guidance on post harvest handling. This draft guidance helps organic certifiers, farms and businesses understand which substances may be used to wash, sort, cool and sort (or otherwise "handle") raw agricultural products post-harvest. Comments are due by June 24, 2014. Read the draft Post Harvest Handling Guidance and submit comments at
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USDA Updating the National Farmers Market Directory
If you are part of a farmers' market, encourage your market manager to add or update your market listing in USDA's National Farmers Market Directory. The complete Directory will be released the first week of August. Market listings can be added and updated at
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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: CJ 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 CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. CJ 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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Applications for Presenters, Entertainers and Exhibitors at the Common Ground Country Fair
MOFGA is now accepting applications for Presenters, Entertainers, and exhibitors in the Energy & Shelter, Environmental Concerns, and Maine Marketplace at the Common Ground Country Fair. Links to presenter, entertainer and exhibitor applications and guidelines for participation in the Fair are all available online at Look for the "Areas" link to find the application for each area.

Interested in giving a presentation at the Fair? Please submit your proposal online via our Presenter Application.

The application deadline for Presenters and Entertainment is May 15th. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Courtney at 568-4142 or
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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
Celebration of Joe Dupere's Life
Please join Joe's family and friends at MOFGA on Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m., to celebrate his life. The celebration will include music, speeches and photographs as well as time for reminiscing. Joe's family will be encouraging any who are interested to say a few words, be it memories shared or stories of what Joe meant to you. They say, "As we, the family, struggle to move forward we want nothing more than to hear about Joe."

While some food will be provided, folks can also bring some as well, potluck style. The family will have a sign-up sheet  shortly. Those who are traveling needn't worry about bringing anything as a local vendor will have some basics.

Joe's family would like the celebration to reflect Joe's joy, humor and general good-naturedness, and asks that attire reflect this. And PLEASE, spread the word and invite any who would like to be here, as Joe was involved in so many groups and organizations. Details on Facebook and the website of Sunnywood Farm.
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 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA Details on Facebook and on the website of Sunnywood Farm. Profile page on

May 10 - Gathering of Maine's Young Farmers Alliance. 5 p.m., Grassland Farm, Skowhegan. Introductions, farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool, email David Gulak, Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, Skowhegan.

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion - From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard. Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA's 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148;

May 12, 7 p.m. - Coalition of Immokalee Workers organizer Gerardo Reyes Chavez will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Rd., about the groundbreaking farmworker rights movement in the tomato fields of Florida and the effective establishment of the Fair Food Program. Discussion to follow on how Mainers can support this movement. Sponsored by The Community Union of Ellsworth, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth's Peace and Social Action Committee, Food for Maine's Future, Power In Community Alliances (PICA). FMI: 266-6846

May 15 - eOrganic Webinar on Birdsfoot Trefoil as a Forage on Organic Dairy Farms. 2 p.m. With Dr. Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University. Free but advance registration required.

May 16-18 - New England Livestock Expo. Windsor. Details.

May 17 - FAMACHA Workshop. 3 p.m., at the Northeast Livestock Expo in Windsor, Maine. Workshop to teach farmers how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goats. Presented by Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist. $20 cost per farm enrolls multiple attendees. Details.

May 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This day-and-a-half-long hands-on training will give women of all experience levels the confidence and knowledge to safely operate a chainsaw. Students will learn about safety gear, practice basic techniques, learn about maintenance and practice tree felling. This course is well suited to homeowners, resource professionals, trail volunteers, farmers and anyone who might use a chainsaw. Information:,

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion - Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods. Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148;

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

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

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 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

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.


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