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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

APRIL 24 2014

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

May 2
Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress Square, 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!

May 10
From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard
Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress Square, 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 Square, 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 portlandmuseum.org or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.
 
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Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas, who operate Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham.

They raise MOFGA certified organic and grass-fed livestock products. They raise a variety of species, including beef, chicken, eggs, goat, goose, lamb and turkeys. On both the "home farm," owned by Jake's parents, Janet and Pete, and on leased acreage, they practice rotational grazing and stack species for maximum productivity and health for both the land and livestock. They market their products during the summer at the Saturday Bowdoinham Farmers' Market and Brunswick Tuesday Farmers' Market and in the winter at the Fort Andross Market in Brunswick. Read more about Apple Creek.     

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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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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Portland-Area CSA Fair This Sunday
 
Live in the Portland area and want to eat local this season? Get to know your producers and check out the Portland CSA Fair, Sunday April 27, 4-6 p.m. at Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress Street, Portland.

The MOFGA farms that are participating are
Black Kettle Farm
Frith Farm
Laughing Stock Farm
Left Field Farm
New Beat Farm
along with other producers.

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Maine Heritage Orchard Trees Planted
 
Phase I of planting the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA on April 19 was a huge success! Fifty or more volunteers planted 101 rare heritage apple trees in 2-1/2 hours. By 3:30 p.m., the trees were watered and looked ready to meet the world for the next 200 years. Thanks to all who attended and who helped make this event happen in so many ways! The next Maine Heritage Orchard event will be a companion planting day on Saturday, May 17. 
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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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MOFGA Orcharding Workshop

June 28 - Summer Orchard Care Workshop Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine 
Instructors: CJ Walke and Dave Colson 
Cost: $30.
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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Pest Report by Eric Sideman

The first MOFGA Pest Report of the year provides information about seedcorn maggots, seedling problems in the greenhouse, and damping off in the field. Details about winter moths in the report will help growers identify this new pest. Read the report.

Photo: Seedling suffering from damping off.
 
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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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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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Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

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 27 - Portland-Area CSA Fair. Sunday, 4-6 p.m. Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress Street, Portland.

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

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion - Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director. Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland. 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. 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 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: hvnc.org, info@hvnc.org

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; www.portlandmuseum.org/

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 hannah@thegreenhorns.net
 
 
 

 

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