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September 27, 2013

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

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A Big Common Ground Country Fair
Thank You!

MOFGA celebrates another extraordinary Fair thanks to YOU - MOFGA's members, Fair volunteers and staff, and the truly unique and generous farmers, exhibitors, artists and presenters of the Common Ground community. We had record-breaking attendance on Friday and Saturday, and despite the rains of Sunday morning, an exquisitely sunny fall Sunday afternoon to wrap up the Fair. Thank you especially to all the fairgoers who came to support and kindle the organic farming and food movement in Maine and beyond. Common Ground is but three days a year, but the positive impact of the Fair and fairgoers on a growing organic food system, our health, environment, economy and communities continues year round. All of us at MOFGA - the staff, board and Fair volunteer leadership - are truly grateful for your authentic support of this remarkable harvest celebration and all the creativity, work and kindness that make it possible. We hope you can join with us again next year for Common Ground on September 19, 20 and 21, 2014 - always the third weekend after Labor Day!

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Sunday - October 13

to Benefit MOFGA!

2nd Annual
Fore Street Restaurant/
Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner

Buy tickets at the MOFGA Store

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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard will be the home for Maine's apple and pear heritage collection and a site featuring innovative and sustainable orcharding practices. Sales of this beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. The full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.
You can also support our Maine Heritage Orchard by buying a poster painted by John Bunker and depicting seven heirloom apples, available through the Country Store. 22.5" x 15.5" - $10. Buy at the MOFGA Store.

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CSA Raffle to Benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee

The MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee, which partners with Salvadoran organizations similar to MOFGA, is raffling two CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, with winners to be drawn at a MOFGA CSA Fair in early March.

Tickets are available for $5 each or six for $25 at or people can send a check to MOFGA, P.O Box 170, Unity, ME 04988, with "El Salvador Raffle" written in the memo line. Please include an address and phone number so that MOFGA can mail your tickets.

The following farms are participating in the raffle. One ticket will be drawn for Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen and another for a CSA share of the winner's choice, selected from the farms listed here.

Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine
Carding Brook Farm, Brooklin
Farmer Kev's Organic Produce, Winthrop
Fisher Farm, Winterport
Full Circle Farm, East Vassalboro
Happy Town Farm, Orland
Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren
King Hill Farm, Penobscot
Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle
New Beat Farm, Knox
No View Farm and Bakery, Rumford
Shalom Orchard Organic Farm and Winery, Hancock
The Pick Up CSA, Skowhegan
Tide Mill Organic Farm, Edmunds
Village Farm, Freedom

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Sign up for MOFGA's Fall Events!

Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Low Impact Forestry, Level II Draft Animal Logging
October 18, 19, 20, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Prerequisite: LIF Level I
  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Saturday, November 2 to Monday, November 4
Point Lookout Resort, Northport
  Chainsaw Safety Course - Level I
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
  Kitchen Licensing Workshop
December 4, Wednesday
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen

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Maine Residents: Free Disposal of Pesticides - Register Today

In October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable. This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Registration by September 27, 2013, is mandatory. To register and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at, or call 207-287-2731.

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Soils Workshops in Waldoboro
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

This five-part series is designed for both experienced and new farmers to gain a solid understanding of farm soils and how to best manage them for long-term health and productivity. Understand soil physical, chemical and biological properties, management and enhancement of soil organic matter, options and recommendations for soil amendments, cover cropping and crop rotations. Through this series farmers will gain a holistic understanding and gain management strategies for optimum crop production and long-term soil health. UMaine Extension Knox and Lincoln County Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine 04572. Cost: $40 per person for the series, or $10 per session. Pre-registration required. For more course information and registration, please go to or call Mark Hutchinson at 207-832-0343.

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Simon and Jane Frost. A display of their fermented foods is shown below.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmers Simon and Jane Frost of Thirty Acre Farm in Whitefield. On land cleared by pigs, the Frosts produce fresh vegetables, herbs and highbush blueberries, and more than 20,000 pounds of processed products, including gingered carrots, kimchi, ruby kraut, sauerkraut, sauerkraut with caraway and juniper, and sour dill pickles. They also have pasture-raised pork (not certified). They sell through their CSA, at fairs and festivals, farmers' markets (including the Common Ground Country Fair farmers' market), mail order/phone/web, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops, supermarkets and distributors. Website.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on

Our directory of MOFGA-certified organic products is updated monthly, so check the list often!


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

NOFA-New Hampshire Summer Series - A wide range of topics at workshops held throughout New Hampshire during the 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 workshop series has something for you. Workshops are held every few days at locations throughout Vermont

September 27 - Register for free disposal of pesticides., or call 207-287-2731.

September 28 - 2nd Annual Goat and Sheep Sale. 7 a.m. check-in, 1:00 p.m. sale. Somerset Auction Co., 174 Skowhegan Rd., Fairfield. Sponsored by the Boer Goat Breeders of Maine. Information: Nate Philbrick 207-557-5180 or Angie Philbrick 207-462-3361.

September 28 - Unity Hike. Join the Waldo County Trails Coalition for a hike on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to about noon. For more information, contact Buck O'Herin,, or visit

September 28 - First Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tour will showcase an array of backyard chicken coops that display a variety of construction designs and materials, from recycled to custom designed coops. The tour is for anyone planning to start their own backyard flock, and/or curious about why keeping backyard chickens is so popular. It is free to attend and open to the public. Locations will be posted on the tour's Facebook page and Delicious Musings. For more information please email

October 5 & 6 - Chainsaw Safety Course. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Program. Registration and details available online at

October 6 - Orchard Fall Soil Preparation Workshop and Volunteer Work Day. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard just north of MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Look for the signs. Free event, but please register with Anna Libby at or 568-4142.

Dandelion Spring Farm
October 13 - MOFGA Fundraiser: Fine Dining - Down on the Farm. 2nd Annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner.
Sunday, 2:00 farm tour, 3:00 dinner seating. Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, Maine. The chefs from Fore Street Restaurant, Portland's finest, will prepare a five-course meal with paired drinks from food grown exclusively on Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm in Newcastle. Fare will include lamb, pork, dairy and vegetables. All proceeds will be donated to MOFGA in honor of Russell Libby. Seating limited to 100, by reservation only. Tickets: $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 207-568-4142.

October 27 - Great Maine Apple Day
Common Ground Education Center, Unity

November 2 - Chainsaw Safety Level II. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Co-sponsored by MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Program. Registration and details available online at

November 2 to 4 - Farmer to Farmer Conference.Saturday to Monday, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, Maine. Details.

November 14-16 - Soils Conference with Arden Andersen in Bangor: "Grow the Food the World Wants" - How Farmers Farm Determines How the Rest of the World Lives.
Dr. Arden Andersen will present the latest on nutrient-dense biological agriculture and how healthy soils make economic and environmental sense, at Heart of Maine's Annual Soils Conference in Bangor. MOFGA is cosponsoring this event. Information:,, 207-200-3603. Early-bird registration closes on Sept. 30.

November 16 and 17 - City of Bangor's Maine Harvest Festival.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Includes sampling and the chance to purchase from more than 125 Maine farmers and producers, hourly cooking demonstrations with Maine chefs and celebrities, sampling from Maine wineries, breweries and distilleries, live music from Maine musicians, and a presentation on Maine barns by author and builder, Don Perkins. Visit the MOFGA booth at the Festival! Website.

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Farmers and Landowners.
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program, administered through Volunteers of America Northern New England, and co-sponsored by MOFGA, Land for Good and Maine Farmland Trust. Understand the negotiation process and techniques and skills to build a stronger negotiation base. Registration is limited and will close November 13. Registration.

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


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