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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

APRIL 11 2014

 
Lauren Cormier illustration

Maine Heritage Orchard Planting Postponed
to April 19

The ground is still frozen in Unity, so the Maine Heritage Orchard will NOT be planted this Saturday, April 12. The event has been postponed until Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - the same date as MOFGA's Earth Day workday. More about the Maine Heritage Orchard.

However, those who ordered trees through the Tree Stewardship Program SHOULD pick up those trees this Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's main building.

If you plan to attend the April 19 orchard planting, please RSVP to Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142. Thanks!   

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Organic Livestock Health Care Workshop
Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$30. Bring a bag lunch - no lunch provided
MOFGA Education Center, Unity, in the library 
Workshop Leader: Susan Beal
Registration
 
Learn about organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy.
Morning Session - Patterns and Articulation: Individual and Intergenerational Health and Vitality
After Lunch - Building Holistic Health: Patterns and Practices, Tools and Techniques
Question and Answer Session

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MOFGA Orcharding Workshops

April 19 - Orcharding 101. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center Unity. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members.

April 20 - Orcharding 101. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members.  

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MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day 
Saturday, April 19 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA by preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI: alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142. 
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Stutzman Farm Tour Features Innovative Gothic Arch Cedar High Tunnel Design
Wednesday, April 23
9 a.m. to noon
891 Douty Hill Road, Sangerville, Maine

Stutzman's is a third-generation family farm, owned and operated by Sid and Rainie Stutzman, that offers quality fruits and vegetables through its retail farm stand and store. The Stutzmans also operate Stutzman's Farm Bakery and Café, which will be open for tour participants.

The Stutzmans will discuss their growing practices and programs they have participated in from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) and MOFGA. The tour will feature the innovative gothic arch cedar high tunnel designed under a USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant awarded to the PCSWCD. Presenters will include Sid, Rainie and Sunny Stutzman, and Joanna Tarrazi, Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District executive director.  Katy Green, MOFGA organic transitions coordinator, and David Power, USDA-NRCS Piscataquis County district conservationist, will answer questions about conservation programs and practices at Stutzman's Farm.

If you are an agricultural producer or are thinking of becoming one and would like to learn about USDA-NRCS and MOFGA programs and services available to help you help your land, you may be interested in this workshop. The tour is free, but please let us know you plan to attend by emailing rsvp@mofga.org or contacting PCSWCD at (207) 564-2321, Extension 3, or at info@piscataquisswcd.org.

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Salmonella and Baby Chicks
 
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has information on Salmonella transmitted by baby chicks. Details.

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Richard Morissette

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Richard Morissette of Bedard Morissette Sugar Camp in beautiful (and remote) Sandy Bay, Maine, in northern Somerset County.

MOFGA Certification Services certifies several sugar camps like this one near the Quebec border. These operations are a source of wholesale certified organic maple syrup, an important organic sweetener in many of the foods you see in the organic section of your local grocery store.   

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio at MOFGA
Wednesday, April 23
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)
MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine

Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Details and registration.
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Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

Please join MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee for its annual Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller St. in Belfast. For just $15 ($35 maximum for families; tickets at the door), attendees enjoy delicious soups, breads and desserts, get to see friends, and take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter. This year Gray Parrot from Hancock will play folk/blues guitar music, and Ted Quaday, our executive director, will speak briefly.

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Vote for MOFGA's Grant Application
 
MOFGA has applied for a Seeds of Change grant to grow food on MOFGA's unused land for the Common Ground Country Fair, for other events, for soup kitchens and food pantries. Grant monies would help us attract and train the labor to grow this food. Getting the grant depends in part on the number of votes our project gets by April 21. Please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com or Facebook.com/seedsofchange, "LIKE" the page and vote! To find and vote for our application, enter MOFGA's zip code, 04988, on the Seeds of Change website/Facebook page. You can vote once per day until April 21. The 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to a final judging phase. Grant recipients will be announced on or about May 5. Thank you for your votes!
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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level I
Sunday, May 4
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel
$50/members, $60/non-members
Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.
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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 commonground@mofga.org.
 
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MOFGA Mugs are Back in Stock!

 
A beautiful hand thrown mug with our MOFGA medallion in earth rich colors. Made by Maine potter Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works. Malley hand digs the clay for these mugs locally and throws them all by hand. Note Malley's signature handle with thumb rest and scroll detail. Price for the pub-style, 20-oz mug: $30, set of 2 mugs, $52. Buy at the MOFGA Store.

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Marketing and Business Coordinator Position at MOFGA
 
See the MOFGA Employment Opportunities page on MOFGA.org.

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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!

April 12 - Cultivating Community 2014: Mapping the Maine Highland Food System. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Sangerville Grange. Presenters include Mark Lapping from The Maine Food Strategy; Kenneth Morse from Maine Network of Community Food Councils; The University of Maine Machias GIS Lab (demonstrating use of GIS to map food systems); Amber Lambke, Sarah Smith and Jim Batey from the Skowhegan Food System; Stephanie Benjamin and Tricia Rouleau from Maine Farmland Trust, facilitating a food systems mapping workshop and discussion. Information and registration.

April 12 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop - Grafting. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Instructor: Jen Ries. Participants graft trees to take home and plant. Details.

April 12 - Organic Livestock Health Care. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Speaker: Susan Beal, DVM, will explain organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy. Contact the MOFGA office for details: (207) 568-4142. Registration.

April 12-13 - 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. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

April 18 - Film: The Weight of the Nation. 7:00 p.m., FARMS Community Kitchen above Rising Tide Market, Upper Main St., Damariscotta. Information: Samuel Kaymen 677-2391 or www.mefarms.org.

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12). Saturday, 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine. Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge - Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.

April 19 - MOFGA Earth Day Volunteer Work Day.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA by preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers get lunch and a free T-shirt. FMI: alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142.

April 19 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center Unity. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details.

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. Fee is $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Details.

April 21 - MOFGA Certified Organic Growers - Some certification updates are due today. Please check the paperwork MOFGA sent you to see if this applies to you.

April 23 - Seasonal Cooking with Chef Frank Giglio: Spring. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home). Limit: 15 people. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Class details.

April 24-27 - Timber Frame Construction Workshop. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cosponsored by MOFGA. This hands-on workshop introduces students to the basic practices of successful timber frame construction. Beginning with locally harvested logs, students are introduced to sustainable forestry practices, basic building design methods, and work together on a frame. All experience levels welcome. Information: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

April 26 - Maine Farm to College Convening. St. Joseph's College, Standish. Details.

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee. 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast. $15 at the door ($35 maximum for families)

April 29 - Free screening of American Meat. 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast. Post-film discussion with local grass-based farmers, moderated by Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist. Sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op. Details.

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats, their health issues and how Maine is being impacted. Speaker Annie Kassler of Bat Conservation will show slides and video. Potluck: Please bring a plate, silverware and a dish to share. MOFGA library, Unity. 6:00 p.m.

May 1 - Fund-a-Farmer Grant deadline. The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants of up to $2,500 for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve marketing of their humane products, or more generally enrich conditions in which farm animals are raised. Details.

May 1-2 - Slow Money Maine Regional Gathering. Portland. Afternoon food tour and social hour on May 1; daylong gathering on May 2. Details.

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion - From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director. MOFGA and its mission - brief  talk and slide show, followed by a light reception. PMA and MOFGA members free! Museum information: 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org/

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Level 1. Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, 362 Flat Road, West Bethel. Details and registration.

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA (see article above). Profile page on MOFGA.org.
 
 
 

 

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