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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

JANUARY 31, 2014

 
MOFGA Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall
February 17 & 18  
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center 
$60 per person including lunch
 
Are you starting a farm business but don't know where to begin with the business end of farming? Come to this workshop to learn efficient planning, office management and financial tips for success.

This one-and-a-half-day workshop is designed to help those who have one year of production data and are ready to sharpen their pencil and get a better handle on their business. Please bring pen, paper, and a calculator. If possible bring your financials from the 2013 season including crop plan, income & expenses and sales figures.

Instructor Richard Wiswall is the owner/operator of Cate Farm in Vermont and author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook.

Workshop registration.

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MOFGA's Organic Farming Short Course
Organic Farming: Principles and Practice
March 27 & April 3
Viles Room, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta
 
Our two-day course, Organic Farming: Principles and Practice, is designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. Instructor: Eric Sideman, MOFGA's Vegetable Specialist. Guest lecturers, including local farmers, will also speak and join the discussion.

$75 individual; $30 additional person; $30 apprentice/student; FREE journeypersons; $45 per single-day registration

Course registration.

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Anne Hallee and Charlie Lazaroff
of Rising Up Farm in Belfast.
Know Your Organic Producers! 

Meet Charlie Lazaroff and Anne Hallee of MOFGA certified organic Rising Up Farm in Belfast. Rising Up raises vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, cut flowers, fruit trees and seedlings. The farmers sell at the Belfast Winter Farmers' Market, to the Belfast Co-op, from their farm, to Coastal Farms and Food, The Lost Kitchen, Crown O' Maine, Trillium Caterers and Fedco Trees. Anne is a former MOFGA journeyperson and in 2002-2003 was a farmer-in-residence at MOFGA.  

 

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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A CSA Share for $5?!
 
Maybe! Several Maine CSA farms are participating in the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's fundraising raffle. Tickets are available for $5 each or six for $25. The drawing will take place in March 2014. For a list of participating farms and information on buying tickets, please visit MOFGA's online Country Store. 

Photo: Cashew fruit on a Salvadoran farm. MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee works with groups like MOFGA that are promoting ecological agriculture there.

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How Can MOFGA Improve the Value of MOFGA Certified Organic?
 
Mary Yurlina, MOFGA's organic certification director, would like you to take a quick marketing survey about organic foods. See https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BQR2QD6
 
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Online Course Helps Beginning Farmers with Business Planning

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, with funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, has launched Getting Started in Farming: An Introduction to Farm Business Planning. This free, eight-lesson online course guides students through the process of imagining and planning a successful farming enterprise. The course was developed for North Carolina but is accessible and useful for people in any part of the country. Website.

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Concerned About Climate?
 
Growers, gardeners and other climate-concerned folks: The Climate Solutions 2014 Expo and Summit, cosponsored by MOFGA, will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on March 12. If you can mount a display, help out, share experience as a presenter (or as part of the policy Summit) or know others who can, please contact beedyparker@gwi.net or karenmd@myfairpoint.net. We want a strong showing on the food-producing piece of this challenge. Please share this message! Visit the Climate Solutions website. 

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New Resource on GE Contamination Avoidance Now Available

Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has launched a new book, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity, defining best practices for avoiding genetically engineered (GE) contamination in organic seed. OSGATA is providing copies of the book to organic farmers without cost. This includes over 450 of the nation's top organic seed farmers attending the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon. The peer-reviewed book tells organic farmers, seed handlers and seed companies how to determine individual, scale-appropriate and crop-specific strategies to maintain genetic purity in organic seed, as well as organic food crops. Free download.
 
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Upcoming eOrganic Farming Webinars - Free!
 
Feb. 4 - Food Safety in Organic Poultry Production
Feb. 10 - Food Safety in Organic Leafy Greens
Feb. 11 - Biologically Based Organic Management Strategies for Spotted Wing Drosophila
Feb. 18 - Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens: Current Research Findings and On-farm Implementation
Feb. 25 and 27 - Two-Part Webinar Series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems
March 4 - Using Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) for White Mold Management on Organic Farms
March 13 - Organic Blackberry Production
Registration link.
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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.
 
Buy the poster at the MOFGA Country Store ($10)

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Booth Applications
 
Applications for a booth in the Maine Marketplace area of the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair are now being accepted! These applications can be completed and submitted online on our website www.mofga.org. Maine Marketplace applications are due by February 10th. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April at 568-4142 or commonground@mofga.org

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Canadian Strawberry, another beautiful Maine heritage apple variety.

Contribute to MOFGA's Fruitful Future!
 
The farmers at Blackbird Rise in Palermo are pleased to announce a fundraiser to support our educational programs.
 
For every $25 you contribute to MOFGA, you will receive a 2-year-old, grafted, MOFGA certified organic apple tree as thanks for your support! Trees will be available for pick-up at MOFGA's April 12, 2014, orchard planting event. There you can learn how to plant and care for your tree. More details.
 

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Organic Grower Information Meetings  

MOFGA Certification Services LLC is hosting four information meetings for farmers who are interested in learning more about organic methods or who want to know more about MOFGA Organic Certification. The meetings are free and are being held in Springvale (York County), Farmington (Franklin County), Littleton (Aroostook County) and Trescott (Washington County). Each meeting features presentations about soil health, parasites, food safety and organic certification, and includes a facilitated hour of discussions and questions. Register online. For more details visit our Organic Grower Meeting page on MOFGA.org.

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Fertile Ground: Celebrating 40 Years of MOFGA

Read about the history of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. Only $5 while supplies last!

MOFGA Garden Sign
Custom made for MOFGA members to display in their gardens! Price $5.

2012 Garlic Scapes Apron
2012 Common Ground Country Fair Apron featuring ever popular garlic scapes design. Available in khaki. Only $10 while supplies last!
 
 
 
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

February 4 - MOFGA certified organic growers Reba Richardson and Bill Pluecker of 
Hatchet Cove Farm in Warren will speak at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Noon. Details.

February 4 - The History and Future of Desalination, Dr. James Birkett. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Camden Public Library. Part of the Camden Conference, www.camdenconference.org

February 5 - What's the Truth about Genetically Modified Foods? 6:30 to 8 p.m., Belfast Public Library. Read two short articles and watch a brief video to participate in this conversation. Part of the Camden Conference, www.camdenconference.org
 
February 5-7 - New England Grows commercial horticulture conference and expo. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Reduced registration rates for students and educators. Details.
 
February 5 to 8 - Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, State College, Penn. Details.

February 6 - Earth 101: Understanding and Preparing for Abrupt Climate Change. Speaker: Alder Stone Fuller. 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Part of the Camden Conference, www.camdenconference.org
 
February 8 (snow date Feb. 15) - Growing Good Seed: From the Ground Up. Noon to 6 p.m., U. of Maine at Farmington. Fourth annual seed saving conference organized by Farmington Seed Savers Group. Free. Keynoter Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm on "The People's Seed. Who's in Charge and How Do We Develop and Protect it?" Workshops on Growing Good Potatoes, Jim Gerritsen; Small Scale Seed Saving: Preserving Basic and Unique Food Crops, Amy LeBlanc; Backyard Garden Plant Isolation and Breeding, Roberta Bailey; Pest Management for the Home Gardener, Clay Kirby; Building Vibrant, Fertile, Resilient Soil, Bruce Hoskins; Saving Seeds of biennials - Why it Matters, Will Bonsall. $5 donation is suggested. Call 207-831-9384.

February 13 - MOFGA Organic Grower Meeting. 1:30 to 5 pm, Farmington Grange Hall #12, 124 Bridge St. Route 43 West, West Farmington. Details. Registration.

  

February 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop. 6-8 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Presented by C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist. Free presentation about organic orcharding techniques to grow apples, pears, plums and peaches, focusing on soil requirements and methods of tracking and trapping fruit pests. No-spray pest management and how various materials boost the health of fruit trees. Plenty of time for discussion. Co-sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. Free.  


February 15-17 - NOFA-Vt. Winter Conference: Growing Outside the Box.
University of Vermont, Burlington. The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for Vermont's farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and enthusiastic eaters. Includes "Action Planning for Farm Resilience in a Changing Climate" and three more Monday Intensives. Registration. More information on the NOFA-VT website.   


February 17 & 18 - MOFGA Business Planning Workshop.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Join us for a day-long workshop with Richard Wiswall, owner/operator of Cate Farm in Vermont, and author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook. Registration.

February 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop.
6-8 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Presented by C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist. Free presentation about organic orcharding techniques to grow apples, pears, plums and peaches, focusing on soil requirements and methods of tracking and trapping fruit pests. No-spray pest management and how various materials boost the health of fruit trees. Plenty of time for discussion. Co-sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. Free.
  

 

February 21-23 - Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water.
 
February 26-27 - Sustaining the Living Landscape, Ecological Landscaping Assoc., Springfield, Mass. Keynote: Dr. John Todd, "Healing the Waters: A Tale of Ecology and Living Technologies." Brochure.

February 27 - MOFGA Organic Grower Meeting. 1:30 to 5 pm, Southern Aroostook Agriculture Museum, Littleton. Details. Registration.

March 7-8 - New England Meat Conference,
Concord, N.H. Details.

March 10 - UM Extension Vegetable and Fruit School. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Seasons Conference Center, Portland. Registration $35.00, includes lunch. Preregistration is required by Feb. 21, 2014. Agenda and registration.

March 11 - UM Extension Vegetable and Fruit School. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, 701 Hogan Rd., Bangor. Registration $35.00, includes lunch. Preregistration is required by Feb. 21, 2014. Agenda and registration.
 
March 12 - Climate Solutions 2014 Expo and Summit, Augusta Civic Center.
http://climatesolutionsme.org/

March 13 - MOFGA Organic Grower Meeting. 1:30 to 5 pm, Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott (Washington County). Details. Registration. 
 
 
 
 

 

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