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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

JUNE 26, 2014

 
 
Wayne and Jo Ann Myers of Beau Chemin Preservation Farm in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jo Ann and Wayne Myers of Beau Chemin Preservation Farm in Waldoboro. This MOFGA certified organic farm produces cut flowers, vegetable seedlings raspberries, grapes, perennials, geraniums, duck eggs, laying duck hens and breeding duck trios. Their farm emphasizes historic livestock, heirloom plants, dye plants, fiber from historic sheep and antique New England spinning wheels. They sell through Rising Tide Coop and from the farm. Visit Beau Chemin this summer any Saturday or Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. See our Daytripping list for details. (Jo Ann also serves on MOFGA's board and heads our public policy committee.)          

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51 percent of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada
 
MOFGA took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides - believed to be key contributors to recent bee declines. Some of the flowers contained neonic levels high enough to kill bees outright assuming comparable concentrations are present in the flowers' pollen and nectar. Further, 40 percent of the positive samples contained two or more neonics. Read more on MOFGA.org.

The report is posted at www.BeeAction.org.

Click here to find MOFGA certified organic plants.
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MOFGA Seeks Educational Programs Director

MOFGA is searching for a dynamic, organized and motivated individual to serve as Educational Programs Director. This job opening creates an outstanding opportunity to build on the success of MOFGA's educational programs and work with a fast growing environmental organization focusing on ecologically sound farming and gardening practices. Details.
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MOFGA Farm Training Project 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.
 
Farm Woodlot Management
Monday, June 30, 5 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
 
Woodlots are a ubiquitous and essential part of Maine farms. Whether the forest provides a heat source for your home and greenhouse, vital habitat for pollinators, foraging potential for livestock, maple syrup, or lumber for your buildings, it must be managed with skill and vision. Hidden Valley Nature Center manages 1,000-plus acres of forest for diverse purposes, and you're invited to tour a portion of its activity with HVNC Director Andy McEvoy and co-founders Tracy Moskovitz and Bambi Jones. This workshop will emphasize the need for creativity at the intersection of field and forest and will look at innovative tools, equipment and processes. HVNC collaborates with MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Project and aims to promote the thoughtful and sustainable inclusion of forests into the future of farms in Maine. HVNC was named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farm in Maine and the 2014 North East Region Outstanding Tree Farm. More information.
 
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MOFGA Orcharding Workshop
June 28 - Summer Orchard Care Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine  
Instructors: C.J. Walke and Dave Colson
Cost: $30; $25 student/apprentice; free for MOFGA journeypersons

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but you weren't sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and you would like to learn organic cultivation methods? If so, join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. C.J. 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. Register here.
 
 
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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, 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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2013 Common Ground Country Fair items are now on sale!


MOFGA Country Store SALE!
Celebrating 38 years of the Common Ground Country Fair with a 38% OFF SALE on all 2013 Fair Oxen T-shirts, aprons, tote bags, posters and more!
 
See the sale items at the MOFGA Country Store
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A Reminder from Mary Yurlina of MOFGA Certification Services LLC

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting an application to get certified this year is coming right up for farms - on June 30. If you've been thinking about getting certified but have questions, give us a call or an email. The federal cost share program is in full swing for both farmers AND processors this year ... which means you get 75 percent of your certification fees (up to $750) back once you get certified. Paperwork and other tidbits are posted online here.
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CSP Contract Renewal Process Begins Next Month

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS) will begin accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11, 2014. This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2010. Details.
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Capital for Farmers

MOFGA farmers have some options to access capital, including these:
No Small Potatoes (a Slow Money Maine project)
USDA Farm Service Agency's Microloan Program
Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative
MOFGA's Organic Loan Fund
Kickstarter
Indiegogo

MOFGA is also a trustee and partner with the non-profit Kiva Zip. It offers 0 percent interest loans up to $10,000 for farmers. Loans are crowd funded on the Kiva Zip website by individuals around the world who can invest directly. Kiva Zip has a network of over 1,000,000 lenders and a funding success rate of 100 percent for farmers. For more information visit Kiva's farmer landing page or contact Justin Renfro at Justin@kiva.org.

Several of our farms have used the above strategies, so these are all viable options for those seeking funding to start a farm.
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Slow Money 2014

Help change the way we view, and invest, in our food systems! Slow Money 2014 will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 10-12 and will feature world-renowned thought leaders, including farmer and author Joel Salatin, environmental activist Vandana Shiva, and Mary Berry, daughter of Wendell Berry and executive director of The Berry Center. Early bird ticket sales end June 30. Registration.
 
 
 
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont


June 26 - UMaine Sustainable Agriculture Twilight Tour - Sustainable Agriculture Research at Rogers Farm, Stillwater, Maine. 4 p.m. - weed walk with Eric Gallandt; 4:30 - registration; 5 to 7:45 - tours cover sustainable ag in Denmark; weed management, weed communities and climate change; plants to support native pollinators; alternative weed management strategies for vegetables; opportunities and challenges with fall-seeded crops; field pea varieties for livestock feed; incorporating wheat into organic forage rotations. No pre-registration required. Refreshments provided. 2 certified crop advisor credits and 1 pesticide credit will be offered. FMI: Ellen Mallory, ellen.mallory@maine.edu, 207-581-2942.

June 28 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine. Instructors: CJ Walke and Dave Colson. Cost: $30 ($25 student/apprentice fee; free for JPs.) Registration.

July 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.

July 4-6 - 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Details.

July 7 - Deadline to apply for USDA grants and combination grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014. Details.

July 23 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference. Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Two-day conference fee is $300. (Includes delicious meals). Many participants arrive on Wednesday, July 23 and stay to attend the free Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, July 26. Registration.

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 27 - Open Farm Day. Sunday. Details.

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

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

 

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