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Bulletin Board

MARCH 14 2014

MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference schedule is posted and it's a fantastic lineup!
Join us on Saturday, March 22, 2014 
(snow date March 23)
Common Ground Education Center, Unity 
Here's the schedule:
9:30 a.m. Registration and coffee
10 a.m. Fundamentals of Ecological Weed Management
  Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist and Eastwind Farm
11 a.m. Evaluating Weed Management in a Crop Rotation System
  Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director and New Leaf Farm
12:15 p.m. Lunch catered by Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm
1 p.m. Farmer Panel
  Nicolas Lindholm, Hackmatack Farm, Penobscot
  Sam Hazlehurst, Terranian Farm, Troy
  Dalziel Lewis, Dig Deep Farm, Dresden
2:15 p.m. Open discussion, Q&A, resource sharing
Registration includes lunch and resource materials.

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Daniel Mays

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Daniel Mays, who owns and manages Frith Farm in Scarborough. The MOFGA certified organic farm raises vegetables, herbs, flowers, seedlings, pigs, eggs, broilers and turkeys sold through a CSA, from the farm, at the Scarborough and Portland farmers' markets and through Lois' Natural Marketplace. View this 4-minute medley of original poetry, music and video celebrating winter on Frith Farm as seen through the creative lens of local filmakers

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Grazing Conference - Register Now!
March 15, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield 
The Maine Grass Farmers 10th Annual Grazing Conference has a fantastic line-up of speakers and topics:
- Economics of grass-based livestock systems (Forrest Pritchard)
- Balancing nutrition in forage-based systems
- Opportunities for multi-species grazing
- Double duty - cover crops as forages
- Developing successful grass-based sheep operations in the Northeast
- Understanding lime sources - what are your options for raising soil pH?
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2014 Maine Grain Conference
Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Agenda, fees and registration details.
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Renovating Old Apple Trees 
Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Palermo, Maine, with Phil Norris and John Bunker
$30 per person
Focused on pruning and feeding very old non-productive fruit trees in order to bring them back into fruitfulness. Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch. Registration.

Other Pruning Workshops   
Other pruning workshops are being held at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine (March 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); The Good Life Center in Brooksville (April 6, www.goodlife.org); and at several locations in New Hampshire, many close to Maine.

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MOFGA's Two-Day Course
Organic Farming: Principles and Practice 
March 27 & April 3 
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days 
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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Rural Living Day
March 29, Thorndike

Want to learn how to grow raspberries, blueberries or garlic; about MOFGA's exciting Maine Heritage Orchard; or how to make cheese? These and many other topics will be covered at Rural Living Day on March 29 at Mount View High School in Thorndike. Schedule and registration information.
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Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
March 30, Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Have you got seeds to share? Are you saving scions as you prune your fruit trees? Please join us for MOFGA's Seed Swap and Scion Exchange - March 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA. (NOT March 23 as we mistakenly reported in one article in our newspaper!) Details.
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Maine Poultry Keepers School
April 5, Fairfield

Poultry can be a profitable enterprise for farm operations in Maine. You might already be producing eggs or meat birds or you might be thinking about it for 2014. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with the Maine Poultry Growers Association, Maine Farm Bureau and MOFGA to present a day-long poultry keepers school on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for those in farming and will focus on nutrition, health and efficient management. However, many of the topics are also suitable for small-scale and backyard keepers. Schedule and registration information.

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Common Ground Country Fair Booth Applications

Applications for a booth in the Youth Enterprise Zone and Youth Enterprise Transition Zone of the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair are now being accepted! The application is available as a printable PDF on www.mofga.org under the Fair Youth Enterprise Zone webpage. The deadline is March 25th. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April at 568-4142 or commonground@mofga.org.
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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.

 Fun Fundraiser in Bangor for MOFGA  

The Student Environmental Action Committee from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is organizing a benefit show - and all profits go to MOFGA! World class mentalist (mind reading) and sword swallower Roderick Russell will perform his mind-reading show live in John Bapst's auditorium on Friday, March 28, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Children 10 and under admitted FREE with a paying adult.
Information on Facebook
For tickets


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Cheryl Wixson

Volunteer Work Day at MOFGA
MOFGA is holding a volunteer work day in its kitchen in Unity on Tuesday, April 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. Join Cheryl Wixson in prepping foods for MOFGA events. Please contact Anna Libby to register (alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142). Free lunch provided!


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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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Chainsaw Safety for Women: April 12-13.

Events at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Three events coming up at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine, are cosponsored by MOFGA:
Chainsaw Safety for Women - April 12 and 13
Timber Frame Construction - April 24 to 27
Chainsaw Safety (for anyone) - May 17 and 18
FMI and to register: http://hvnc.org or 200-8840
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Health Insurance Counseling Available

Do you need affordable health insurance? Tax credits are available for low and moderate income households. Free, in-person help is available! The Maine Migrant Health Program is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience providing health care to Maine's migrant and seasonal farmworkers. If you own your own farm, need coverage for you and your family, are an employee who is looking for coverage, or a member of the general public, we are here to help members of Maine's agricultural community get enrolled in a health insurance plan.

Services are free and available to the general public. The deadline to enroll is March 31st 2014. Call today to schedule an appointment. Please call Liz Charles at 207-441-1633 or Eduardo Cortes at 207-485-5553 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Ripe For Discussion: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art
PMA and MOFGA members free!
Friday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new executive director. MOFGA and its mission - brief talk and slide show followed by a light reception.
Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.
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 more than 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms.
Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Screening of Symphony of the Soil 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.

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Remembering Joe Dupere
Bangor Daily News 
March 7, 2014
MOFGA staff member Raymond Joseph Dupere Jr., 59, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 28, 2014, at his home.

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Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

March 15 - Maine Grain Conference. Bangor. Details.

March 15 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Grazing Conference.
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. Featured speaker: Forrest Pritchard owner of Smith Meadows and author of Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm. Conference workshops and registration materials.

March 18 - Belfast artist and farmer Bennett Konesni on Worksongs: The Art of Playful Labor. 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Free.

March 19 - Slow Money Maine Gathering.
1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Presentations include one by Abby Sadauckas and Andrew Marshall on MOFGA's New Farmers Programs. Details.

March 19 - Free film screening of Food for Change. Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Learn how to join The Portland Food Co-op. Light snacks from Local Sprouts and cash bar served from 6 to 7 with the film screening following at 7. The film focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic change in American culture. Information.

March 21 - Film: "Out Here." Queer Farmer Film Project. Friday, Machias. Details. Other showings in Rockland (March 22) and Portland (March 23).

March 22 (snow date March 23) - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference: Weed Control. All day, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Registration.

March 22
(snow date March 23) - Creating and Sustaining Vibrant Local Economies in Maine. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Randall Student Center, UMaine Augusta. Information.

March 23 - Maine Maple Sunday. Schedule.

March 23 - Renovating Old Apple Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Palermo, Maine, with Phil Norris and John Bunker. Registration.

March 23 - Penobscot County MOFGA Chapter - Fruit tree, grape vine and elderberry pruning.
Argyle Acres in Argyle, Maine. Everyone can take home a free potted elderberry cutting. Contact Galen at 207-745-4797.

March 23
(snow date March 30) - The Belfast Co-op's Annual Meeting (1-6 p.m.) celebrates the United Nations declaration that 2014 is the International Year of The Family Farmer. Guest speaker Ted Quaday, MOFGA's executive director, will address the gathering from 4:30 to 5:30. Held at the Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Details.

March 26 - Pruning demonstration with C. J. Walke of MOFGA. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Witherle Memorial Library, Castine. Meet at the library at 10 a.m. for a demonstration of pruning followed by a presentation and talk at 12:30 (with time in between for a lunch break). Cosponsored by the library and the Castine Garden Club. Please call or visit the library to sign up for this program: refdesk@witherle.lib.me.us, 326-4375.

March 29 - Rural Living Day. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mt. View High School, 577 Mt. View Rd. (Rt. 220), Thorndike, Maine. Preregistration required by March 21. Details.

April 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $35 for MOFGA members and $40 for non-members. Details. Registration.

April 2 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden. Evening workshops at locations around Maine. Soil fertility, compost, crop rotation, green manures, pest control. Find a class near you!

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

April 5 - Maine Poultry Keepers School. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carter Hall Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield. Designed for those in farming and will focus on nutrition, health and efficient management. Many topics also suitable for small-scale and backyard keepers. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension with the Maine Poultry Growers Association, Maine Farm Bureau and MOFGA. $25. Details and registration.

April 5 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic. Instructor: TBD. $30. Bring your own lunch. Details.

April 6 - Apple Pruning Workshop. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Good Life Center, Brooksville. Douglas Johnson and Phil Norris demonstrate pruning equipment and pruning for aesthetics, restoration, safety and fruit production. For cost, registration and other info: www.goodlife.org or 207-326-8211.

April 8 - Common Kitchen Work Day. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Join MOFGA's Cheryl Wixson to organize our kitchen and cook up some delicious food to serve at upcoming MOFGA events. Lunch provided. RSVP to alibby@mofga.org or call Anna at 568-4142.

April 12 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine. 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 12 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop - Grafting. Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Instructor: Jen Ries. Participants graft trees to take home and plant. Details. Registration.

April 12 - Organic Livestock Health Care. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Speaker: Susan Beal, DVM, will explain organic livestock care and its relation to physiology, nutrition, herbs and homeopathy. Contact the MOFGA office for details: (207) 568-4142.

April 12-13 - Nonviolent Communication Level 2 Training, with Peggy Smith. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA, Unity. Some of the proceeds benefit the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. FMI and registration.


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