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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

APRIL 19 2014

 
Lauren Cormier illustration

Maine Heritage Orchard Planting April 19

On Saturday, April 19, starting at 9 a.m., we'll be planting 102 heritage apple trees at the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA's site in Unity. Come and help up! Bring lunch, shovels, buckets, wheelbarrows, cameras, the kids and a friend or two or three. Please let Anna Libby know if you're coming: alibby@mofga.org, 568-4142. More about the Maine Heritage Orchard.  

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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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Local Market Vendors Ready To Help Vendor in Need
 
The Brunswick Winter Market is asking community members to make their purchases count by purchasing vendor-donated items to aid the owner of Serendipity Acres in North Yarmouth, following a devastating barn fire that killed hundreds of animals there. Serendipity Acres is an organic farm that sells pasture-raised chickens, turkeys and lambs and produces wool, sheepskins and eggs. The farm sells products at local farmers' markets and directly to local businesses. Items donated by Brunswick market vendors will be on a designated table during the final two Saturdays of this winter market, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 19 and 26, in Fort Andross.
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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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High Tunnel Building Workshop in Vermont

Clara Coleman and Adam Lemieux will offer a workshop on building a modular cathedral tunnel for four-season vegetable production on April 26 at The Nash Farm in New Haven, Vermont. Learn where to source materials, how to fabricate parts, and steps involved in constructing your own Modular Gothic (Cathedral) Tunnel for as low as $2/sq.ft. A detailed instruction manual will be provided to attendees along with a supplies list, spreadsheet calculator for estimating cost of materials and hand tools raffles. Johnny's Selected Seeds is offering 15 percent off selected season extension supplies to those who attend the workshop and to MOFGA members even if they cannot attend (use Promo Code 14-3010 when ordering from Johnny's). More information about the workshop.

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Christine Bolton-Pistole of Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Christine Bolton-Pistole of Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants from Dresden, Maine.

Gryffon Ridge, a MOFGA certified organic spice merchant, offers a variety of organic herbs, spices and culinary blends. Christine sets up shop at the Brunswick Winter Market, Crystal Springs Farmers' Market in the summer and at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair in September. Gryffon Ridge Spices are also sold at numerous stores, including Royal River Natural Foods and Rosemont Markets. Check out the complete line of products.    

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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Art Sale To Benefit MOFGA
 
Carol Sloane, an artist from Washington, Maine, is showcasing her work at Cribstone Capital Management, 7 North Chestnut St., Augusta, through the end of June and is generously donating one-third of the proceeds from the sale of several of her paintings during this exhibit to MOFGA. Carol studied art at Skidmore College and continued her studies at the Arts Students League of New York and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She moved to Maine in 1972, and, along with farming and gardening in Washington, Maine, was a founding member of a Camden craft gallery, Perspectives, from 1976 to 1986 and of the Downtown Gallery in Washington from 1995 to 2012. She has been showing her work at a number of midcoast galleries. In Carol's words, "My work is based around my experience of walking. I walk often, in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of places. As a result of this activity and my own internal processing, I paint to evoke the passage of time, the movement of light, the joys and insights of the shifting relationships of the spaces through which I am passing."

FMI: Cribstone Capital Management, 207-622-9009; Carol Sloane, 369 Old Union Road, Washington, 207-845-2597, carolawam@gmail.com.

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New Faces at MOFGA
 
Welcome to our new Common Ground Country Fair coordinator, Courtney Williams. Courtney grew up on a farm in rural eastern Connecticut learning to change the oil in a John Deere, grow vegetables and herd wayward chickens. After obtaining a B.A. in public relations and studio art from Simmons College, she went to Haiti and helped establish a permaculture-based reforestation community. She moved to Maine two years ago to participate in the MOFGA apprenticeship program - and fell for Maine. She served as an Americorps member teaching at-risk high school students the joys of four-season gardening and providing produce for school lunches at the REAL School in Falmouth. She has also worked as an apple picker and supported adult artists with intellectual disabilities. Courtney spends her free time growing, cooking, canning, making pottery and getting outside with her Australian shepherd.

Meet MOFGA's new administrative assistant, Laurah Brown. Laurah grew up in Belfast, where she spent a good deal of time at her father's veterinary hospital, and that experience led her to create products for animal lovers and their companion animals. "I moved to Vassalboro with the goal of developing a niche product line using organic gardening practices. I followed my passion of loving cats. I then spent 20-plus years creating and marketing a value-added product line." Creating that line enabled her to keep her great grandparents' farm in agriculture and not development - and to sell those organic gifts at the Common Ground Country Fair. "I am happy to now be working at MOFGA," says Laurah. When you call or visit MOFGA, her voice is most likely the one that will greet you now.
 
 
 
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m. 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 Details on Facebook and on the website of Sunnywood Farm. Profile page on MOFGA.org.

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion - From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard: A 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; www.portlandmuseum.org/

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

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion - Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods: A 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; www.portlandmuseum.org/
 
 
 

 

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