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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

APRIL 6, 2017


Eliot Coleman and Patrice Gros
at MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

Organic Gardening Tip:
Winter Crops Flourish Now

We now enjoy about 13 hours of daylight in Maine, and the snow is (slowly) melting! Some crops overwintered in hoophouses should be ready for harvest. Look for them under your own protected structure or at farmers' markets. Interested in growing more in the "off season"? Read about the work of Eliot Coleman and Patrice Gros in "Farming the Shoulder Seasons" in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.
 
Store- - - -

MOFGA's Online Country Store Spring Sale!      

2016 Common Ground Country Fair items are 16 percent off (totes, T-shirts and sweatshirts, posters and onesies) from April 1-16. This is a perfect time to get a reusable tote for the farmers' markets or a new shirt to garden in. Let Toki Oshima's beautiful rendition of Rainbow Swiss chard remind you that spring weather is coming! 
 
WERU- - - -

Blueberry Talk on WERU/MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show 

On Friday, April 7, from 10 to 11 a.m., Common Ground Radio host C.J. Walke (MOFGA's organic orchardist) will talk about blueberries with MOFGA-certified organic growers Nicolas Lindholm and Theresa Gaffney and with Dave Yarborough from UMaine Cooperative Extension. Tune it at 89.9 or 99.9 FM.
 
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- - - -

El Salvador Bans Metallic Mining!
Help Us Celebrate! 

Last week El Salvador 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. 
 
Pruning- - - -

Organic Orcharding Workshops

Grafting Fruit Trees
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., April 8 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sun., April 9 - College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members 
Please bring your own bag lunch
Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrate Whip and Tongue and T-Budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch.

Organic Orcharding 101
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sat., April 15 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it.
 
PCSWCD- - - -

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop Offered by the PCSWCD in Partnership with MOFGA 

Want to learn how to graft your own fruit trees for a home orchard? Do you have older fruit trees at home that you would like to graft onto new rootstock? The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) in partnership with MOFGA and Dover-Dexter Area in Transition will provide a hands-on fruit tree grafting workshop on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Abbot Town Office. C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard specialist and farm manager at College of the Atlantic, will lead this workshop. Participants will take home five young apple trees that they graft. FMI and to register (required; $35): Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, 207-564-2321, ext. 3, or info@piscataquisswcd.org, or visit 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft.
 
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/ 
 
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.
 
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.

 
EventsEvents in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!


April 7 - 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

April 8 - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org

April 8 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

April 9 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here.

April 8 - UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association's Rural Living Day. Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike. https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/

April 8 - HOPE Festival. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation and Fitness Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME. Enjoy arts, displays from more than 60 organizations, an interactive children's space, delicious food, and more! For more information, visit http://peacectr.org/wp/hope-festival-2016-creating-the-future-art-social-change/

April 15 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Please bring a bag lunch. Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of organic disease and insect strategies. Register here.

April 19 - Maine Fair Trade Campaign Annual Meeting: "Fair Trade in the Post-TPP Era." Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Hall, 21 Gabriel Dr., Augusta. 5:30 social hour; 6 p.m. dinner and meeting. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemYLKlf4ipHOTISFayAN98FQErsDeZGBNbeuA7dLInNgq4UQ/viewform

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 24-28 - Maine Meat Cutting School, Central Maine Meats, 563 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine. Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $400 per student. Some grant and scholarship opportunities available. FMI and to register (by April 20): https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/meat-cutting-school/

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

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. Registration opening soon.

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 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.
  
 
 

 

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