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APRIL 21, 2017

Organic Gardening Tip:
Remember to Remove Vole Guards

If you haven't done so already, remember to remove vole guards from orchard trees asap - and then keep an eye on tree trunks for signs of borers. For other spring orchard-care tips, see C.J. Walke's article "In the Orchard - A Calendar to Guide Apple Tree Care" in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

And remember, too, Walke's advice that "the best orchard activity is the frequent observation of tree and fruit growth, combined with an awareness of life in your orchard ecosystem."
Quiz- - - -

Pesticides Quiz Updated    

True or false: The federal government prohibits use of pesticides known to cause cancer. Find the answer to this and 18 other questions about pesticides in "A Pesticides Quiz and Primer: 2017 Update." Sharon Tisher, a member of MOFGA's Public Policy Committee and former MOFGA president, created this valuable educational quiz and recently updated it with the latest information related to Roundup herbicide, chlorpyrifos, "inert" ingredients in pesticides, the South Portland pesticide ordinance and much more.
Earth-Day- - - -

Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA   

Help us clean up the grounds for spring! We'll celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with some volunteer projects at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Everyone who lends a hand will get lunch and a T-shirt. All ages and experience levels are welcome. FMI and to RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

Plant Trees at the Maine Heritage Orchard

The Maine Heritage Orchard is a ten-acre preservation orchard on the MOFGA grounds in Unity. It is currently home to 280 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown in Maine. On Earth Day, April 22, we will plant 30 more varieties. The orchard is planted on a terraced, reclaimed gravel pit and is managed using innovative, organic orchard practices. For information about planting trees with us, RSVP to alibby@mofga.org. For more information on the Maine Heritage Orchard, visit our web page on MOFGA.org or email us at apples@mofga.org  
Bowl- - - -

MOFGA - El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper 

El Salvador recently became the first country in the world to ban metallic mining! Join the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee at its April 22 Empty Bowl Supper to celebrate the success of this long struggle, directly related to preserving healthy farm and garden soils everywhere. Select from handsome bowls donated by Maine potters, enjoy great soups, savor breads donated by Back 40 Bakehouse, top off with homemade desserts, listen to live music by Shawn and Maizey Mercer and support the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work - all for just $15 ($35 maximum for families)! Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Belfast at 18 Spring Street.
Tour- - - -

New Farm Tour Series: Farmer to Farmer in the Field    

MOFGA presents a new series of monthly farm tour events throughout the growing season for established farmers. These workshops will take place on organic farms on a specific topic led by a farmer who is a specialist on said topic. More information.

Overwintering and Early Planting
Tuesday, April 25
Six River Farm, Bowdoinham, 52 Centers Point Rd.
5:30 p.m. - farm tour; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - topic discussion
Nate Drummond will talk about vegetable production for the "spring shoulder season." He will focus on strategies for successful overwintering and early planting of a range of crops including greens, alliums, strawberries and cole crops, with the goal of extending harvest windows into April and May. 
Meat- - - -

New England Meat Conference   

MOFGA is helping to set up the New England Meat Conference, which will take place on April 28-29 at The Radisson Manchester Downtown, Manchester, N.H. Explore how to continue growing the New England meat economies, continue developing robust infrastructure and foster business relationships. With over 25 educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and the illustrious Meat Ball, the event offers many opportunities to learn from and network among local and national leaders. FMI and tickets: https://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/ 
Poultry- - - -

2017 Maine Poultry Seminar    

Learn about pastured poultry at the 2017 Maine Poultry Seminar, on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College, 95 Western Ave., Carter Auditorium, Fairfield, Maine. This free program will address the advantages and drawbacks of pastured poultry in Maine for meat and eggs; poultry production cycles, including a discussion of a UMaine project on pastured broiler production; and issues related to poultry health, predators and nutrition. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a working lunch discussion about producer issues and topics for future newsletters/programs. Register by April 26 with Melissa Libby, melissa.libby1@maine.edu or 207-581-2788 (800-287-7170 in Maine only). Provide your name and contact information in case the program changes.  
Belfast- - - -

Belfast Garden Club Scholarships  

The Belfast Garden Club is offering two annual scholarships of $1,000 to Waldo County high school seniors who plan to major in an earth-friendly field, such as sustainable agriculture. Ask your guidance counselor for an application or visit BelfastGardenClub.org. The application deadline is April 30.
Chainsaw- - - -

MOFGA Chainsaw Safety Workshops
May 6 and 7; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each course:$150; $130 for MOFGA members
Both courses: $275; $250 MOFGA members for both introductory and intermediate courses
Location: Bethel, Maine

Introductory Chainsaw Safety and Technique Course

Intermediate Chainsaw Safety and Technique Course 
Compost- - - -

Maine Composts Week

May 7-13 is Maine Composts Week. If you're cleaning out your winter greenhouse or root cellar and have leftover crops, consider donating them to Maine Composts Week's Community Supper events. FMI: mainecompostsweek@gmail.com or https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/maine-composts-week/. The website has other ideas for composting and reducing food waste. 
KLW- - - -

Kitchen Licensing Workshop 
May 11
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Registration fees (includes lunch): $35 for MOFGA members; $50 for non-members

Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Licensing requirements, food safety, and liability insurance will be covered by a panel of experts. Participants will then tour a licensed kitchen before being served a local, seasonal, organic luncheon. The afternoon program will include a panel of processors who will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of home licensed and commercial kitchens.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.
Orcharding- - - -

Top Grafting Fruit Trees 
May 13 - Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. In this workshop you will see how a professional topgrafts and will be able to try it on your own.
Principles- - - -

Organic Farming: Principles and Practices 
May 17 and 18
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
$100 per day or $150 for both days
Discounts for MOFGA members.
This is a two-day immersion course for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

Day one will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA's Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. After lunch we will tour a neighboring farm. Day two will address the fundamentals of organic livestock husbandry, production systems and pasture management taught by MOFGA's Organic Livestock Specialist Diane Schivera and a panel of organic farmers. See the course outline

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form by May 1st.
FTP- - - -

MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops Begin in May

Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day. Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper - bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public. For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 207-568-6018, email education@mofga.org, or check the FTP website.

Organic Farming Principles and Practices
Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Free for MOFGA apprentices! Join Eric Sideman, Dave Colson, Diane Schivera and Rick Kersbergen for a two-day introductory course to organic farming. Register (required) for either or both days; lunch will be provided.

2017! Communication Kickoff! Potluck! Social!
Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m., Villageside Farm, Freedom

Introduction to Farm Equipment: Safety, Operation and Basic Maintenance
Wednesday, May 24, 5 p.m., Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick

Cover Crops
Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m., Dooryard Farm, Camden

Organic Livestock Management
Wednesday, June 21, 5 p.m., Milkhouse Farm, Monmouth

Weed Management
Thursday, July 27, 5 p.m., Goranson Farm, Dresden

Farming with Horses
Wednesday, August 16, 5 p.m., New Beat Farm, Knox

Farm Woodlot Management
Wednesday, August 30, 5 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson

Other workshops will be scheduled soon.
EventsEvents in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

April 22 - Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

April 22 - Maine Heritage Orchard Spring Tree Planting at MOFGA. 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP: alibby@mofga.org

April 22 - MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee Empty Bowl Supper. 6 p.m., United Farmers Market of Belfast, 18 Spring Street, Belfast. More information

April 25 - Overwintering and Early Planting. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Six River Farm, Bowdoinham. MOFGA monthly farm tour series for established farmers. Information.

April 27-30 - Midcoast Conservancy's Timber Frame Course. Four day workshop: Thursday-Sunday, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Learn the basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished small building. Program cost reduced to $250 for MOFGA and Midcoast Conservancy members. FMI: www.midcoastconservancy.org, andyb@midcoastconservancy.org, or 207-389-5150.

April 28-29 - New England Meat Conference, Manchester, N.H. https://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/

April 29 - Maine Poultry Seminar. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Carter Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, 95 Western Ave., Fairfield. Bring your own lunch. Free, no charge. Please register by Wed., April 26 with Melissa Libby at melissa.libby1@maine.edu or at 207-581-2788 (800-287-7170 in Maine only) with your name and contact information.
May 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show, an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org

May 6 & 7 - Chainsaw Safety Training. Introductory Course on Saturday, May 6; Intermediate Course on Sunday, May 7. Information.

May 11 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information. Register here.

May 13 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Grafting Fruit Trees. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

May 17-18 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. Wednesday & Thursday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Two-day immersion course open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. $100 per day or $150 for both days; Discounts for MOFGA members. Information and course outline or register here.

May 19-21 - Northeast Livestock Exposition. Windsor, Maine. IBGA Boer goat show, poster contest, feeder calf sale, wool pool, equine clinics, rabbit show, youth cook-off, beef-sheep-alpaca displays, shows & sales, educational programs, commercial trade show, Boer goat consignment sale. Demonstrations and exhibits.

May 25 - MOFGA Poultry Processing Workshop. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75. $60 for MOFGA members. Information and registration.

June 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. All workshops are hands-on. Free!


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