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Bulletin Board

JULY 25, 2014

Executive Director Ted Quaday announced the gift of $1 million by the Partridge Foundation to MOFGA's new farmer training programs at Frith Farm in Scarborough.
MOFGA Receives $1 Million Gift for Farmer Training
Added challenge grant promises doubled donation

July 23, 2014 - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced that it has received a $1 million gift from the Partridge Foundation to establish an endowment in support of its new farmer training programs. "This Partridge Foundation gift represents a tremendous vote of confidence in MOFGA and an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our innovative new farmer training programs. We thank the Foundation for its generous support," said Ted Quaday, MOFGA's executive director. The Partridge Foundation has also pledged an additional $1 million to the organization if MOFGA can raise a matching amount over the next 18 months. Press release.    
Gabrielle Gosselin and Nate Drummond of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham. This MOFGA certified organic farm produces vegetables, herbs, and vegetable seedlings (in season) on fertile soil on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay. They sell at the Brunswick and Crystal Spring Farmers' Markets and to El Camino, Harraseeket Inn, Royal River Natural Foods and Henry and Marty's. "Healthy farming for a healthy community," reads their motto. Website.          

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m., at Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St., Topsham
Vermont dance caller Will Mentor and old time fiddle tunes by Sassafras Stomp

This is a celebration for all the alumni of MOFGA's farm apprenticeship program, for apprentice host farms and for current and future apprentices! All are welcome to join the fun! Sliding scale admission $5-$20, to benefit MOFGA's new farmer programs.

For information, email newrootmusic@gmail.com
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MOFGA Farm Training Projects Coming Up
These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share. Schedule.
July 29, 5 p.m. - Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill St., Rockport
Join herbalist and biodynamic herb gardener Deb Soule for an informative walk through Avena Botanicals' medicinal herb gardens. Deb and a crew of three gardeners collect more than 1,800 pounds of medicinal herbs by hand each year from 2-1/2 acres. These herbs are then immediately processed on-site into tinctures, teas, oils and salves. Avena is the first Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Maine, and Deb will include an introduction to biodynamics as part of this tour.

Preserving the Harvest - Registration closes Wed., July 30
August 4, 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
August 6, 4 p.m., University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lisbon Falls
"Putting food by" is a fundamental skill to master if you want to be able to enjoy your garden's bounty all winter. Join master food preserver Kate McCarty in Lisbon Falls and Rosey Guest and Cheryl Wixson in Unity for a session on the basics of food preservation and all its various strategies - from pickling to canning, freezing and root cellaring. Be prepared for a hands-on workshop. Register for this workshop online or by calling Abby at 568-4142. Space is limited. Free for MOFGA apprentices; $15 for MOFGA members and the general public.

Questions? Call MOFGA 568-4142 or email education@mofga.org.
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Volunteer Workday at MOFGA: Putting Food By
August 4, 9:30 a.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

 Join us in MOFGA's kitchen on Monday, August 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MOFGA's own Cheryl Wixson will teach us the art of canning as we work to preserve the harvest. All our volunteers will receive lunch and a T-shirt. Please contact Anna Libby at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142 with any questions or to RSVP.
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C. Stuart Gager Fundamentals of Botany. Courtesy Roy Winkelman.

Bud Grafting Workshop
August 9, North Branch Farm, Monroe

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration.
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Microscope Workshop

Common internal parasites of sheep, goats and camelids can be detected using fecal flotation methods. Equip yourself with microscopy skills that improve your ability to make sound management decisions.
Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
J. Franklin Witter Center, 160 University Farm Rd., Old Town, Maine
$30 per person
Instructors: Jim Weber, DVM, Ph.D., and Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, Ph.D.
Information and registration.
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Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walks

Aug. 9 - 1 to 3 p.m., Widdershins Farm (Chris and Wendy Russell), 843 Bear Hill Rd., Dover-Foxcroft.

Aug. 23 - 2 to 4 p.m., Chellis Brook Farm (Denise Carpenter), 167 Spring Rd., Newfield.

Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.
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The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

In honor of its 60th anniversary, Down East magazine is partnering with six Maine artists to raise money for Maine organizations. Artist William Wegman is joining Down East's Art of Giving Gala to help raise money for his organization of choice: MOFGA! More about William Wegman and his work.

For more about The Art of Giving Gala, to be held at the Portland Company Complex on Thursday, August 14, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., see http://www.downeast.com/artofgiving/. At the Gala, you can meet the artists, win art, and enjoy Maine foods and music.
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Register Online Now To Volunteer for the Fair!

Online registration for volunteering for the 2014 Fair is open. You can now log in and select your shifts. Please make sure to update your profile information as well. We want to make sure you get the right T-shirt size!

If you want to sign up an entire group for a volunteer shift, please contact Anna Libby, our volunteer coordinator, directly.

MOFGA continues to develop its year-round volunteer program to help run the organization's many ongoing projects and programs. If you are interested in volunteering for any of MOFGA's other programs, or if you have any questions about volunteering for the Fair, please e-mail Anna at alibby@mofga.org or call 207-568-4142.
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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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Maine Board of Pesticides Control Proposes Amendments to Regulations

Changes relate to identifying sites where pesticides are to be applied; notification; and more. If you have suggestions or comments on any of the proposed amendments, you are urged to attend the public hearing or to submit written comments.
  • PUBLIC HEARING: Friday, August 8, at 8:30 a.m. at 90 Blossom Lane, Deering Building, Room 319, Augusta.
  • WRITTEN COMMENTS: Accepted until 5:00 p.m. August 22. They should be sent to Henry Jennings, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330 or emailed to henry.jennings@maine.gov
Download regulations with proposed changes.
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Reminder - New Pesticide Licensing Requirement

By April 1, 2015 any grower who uses EPA registered pesticides, including those approved for use in organic production, and sells more than $1,000 worth of plant or plant products intended for human consumption will have to receive an Agricultural Basic pesticide applicators license.  

To obtain an Agricultural Basic license, you must pass the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) "core exam." Core exams are offered through county offices of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE). Applicants should call the BPC, telephone 207-287-2731, or e-mail gary.fish@maine.gov to confirm licensing needs and testing location. The BPC strongly urges use of self-help study materials available for purchase through UMEXT's Pest Management Office. Visit the BPC's website to learn about training and testing opportunities coming up. MOFGA plans to offer training at our annual Farmer to Farmer Conference, which takes place November 1-3, 2014.  Stay tuned, or contact events@mofga.org, for more details.
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Organic Seed Survey

The Organic Seed Alliance is conducting a national survey of certified organic producers regarding the availability and use of organic seed. The survey, conducted once every five years, will help identify current use of organic seed, barriers to using organic seed and areas where the organic seed industry can better meet organic farmers' needs. Responses, due by Oct. 3, are voluntary and will be held confidential by the Organic Seed Alliance. All responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group. Survey online here.
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First-year MOFGA Journeyperson participant Mike Perisho
of Gardiner, Maine
Introducing Our New Journeyperson Program Participants

MOFGA's Journeyperson Program provides hands-on support, training, and mentorship for people who are serious about pursuing careers in organic farming in Maine. The program is designed to fill the continuing education gap between apprentice and independent farmer, and to provide the resources and opportunities for prospective new farmers who have completed an apprenticeship to further develop the skills they need to farm independently and successfully. More information.

Read the inspiring stories of current participants.
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference. Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Information

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free! Over 60 vendors. Parking $2. Details.

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers. Saturday, 8 p.m., Topsham Grange, Topsham. Sliding scale admission $5-$20, to benefit MOFGA's new farmer programs.

July 27 - Open Farm Day. Sunday. Many farms throughout Maine open to the public on this day. Details.

July 27 - Farms & Gardens to Visit: Balfour Farm, Pittsfield; Khadighar General Farm Tour, Industry; Harvest Moon Produce, W. Paris. Details.

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Avena Botanicals, Rockport. Training workshops schedule.

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers (WOG - a MOFGA chapter) potluck and program. Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Unity Barn Raisers Community Center, 32 School Street (Route 139), Unity. Sara Trunzo, the Veggies For All director and Farm Viability Project manager for Maine Farmland Trust, will speak. Bring your own dinner service (no kitchen facilities or supplies are available at the site), a dish to share, your own beverages and maybe a friend or two who might be interested in learning about this community project and WOG.

July 31 - Deadline to apply for USDA Rural Energy for American Program guaranteed loans for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement. Details.

August 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour. 2 p.m., rain or shine. Khadighar, Industry, Maine. Details.

August 3-9 - National Farmers Market Week. Celebrate our farms and farmers!

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By. Join us in MOFGA's kitchen on Monday, August 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MOFGA's own Cheryl Wixson will teach us the art of canning as we work to preserve the harvest. There will be lunch and T-shirts for all our volunteers. Please contact Anna Libby at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142 with any questions or to RSVP.

Aug. 6 - "Do you know where your seed comes from, and why does it matter?" 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. The Belfast Co-op is hosting Fedco Seeds founder CR Lawn's free presentation. He will discuss why we should not rely on multinational corporations as sources for much of our seed. Details.

Aug. 8-10 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, Mass. Details.

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Details.

August 9 - 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tour of multiple Cumberland county backyards, provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver volunteers. $15 in advance, $20 on the day of event; children under 12 free. Details.

August 9 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walk. 1 to 3 p.m., Widdershins Farm (Chris and Wendy Russell), 843 Bear Hill Rd., Dover-Foxcroft. Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Rd., Monticello, Maine. Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences during this informal farm tour and discussion. The tour is free, but please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142.

August 14 - Down East magazine's The Art of Giving Gala. Thursday, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Portland Company Complex. Artist William Wegman is joining Down East's Art of Giving Gala to help raise money for his organization of choice: MOFGA! Meet the artists, win art, and enjoy Maine foods and music! Details.

Aug. 16 - Community Appreciation Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Belfast Co-op, 123 High St., Belfast. All are welcome at this annual celebration, which includes live music, bbq, Maine vendors, farmers' market, fundraising raffles and book sale for local nonprofits, children's activities and more! Details.

August 18 - Farm Training Project workshop: Cooperative & Permaculture Farming. Monday, 5 p.m., Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Rd., Arundel. Training workshops schedule.

August 20 - Farm Training Project workshop: Adventures on a Permaculture Homestead. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Schoodic Hollow Farm,  53 Hooper Rd., Franklin. Training workshops schedule.

August 22 - Free screening of Symphony of the Soil. 7 p.m., Camden Opera House. Sponsored by the Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust. Debra Koons Garcia, the film's director, writer and producer, will be joined for a live discussion after the film by sustainable agriculture visionary Fred Kirschenmann and John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. Details.

Aug. 23 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Pasture Walk. 2 to 4 p.m., Chellis Brook Farm (Denise Carpenter), 167 Spring Rd., Newfield. Information online or by emailing MOFGA's Diane Schivera.

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $40 (lunch included). Details.

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project. 4 p.m., Blue Hill Library (Howard Room), Blue Hill. Free. Presented by Deer Isle Hostel; co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and MOFGA. Information.

September 9-11 - The National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, California. Details.

September 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair


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