February - eOrganic has several webinars planned for February
and beyond, including Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila Using Organic Strategies, Providing Habitat for Wild Bees on Organic Farms, Use of High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops, and others. FMI: https://learn.extension.org/events/upcoming
February 2 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Damariscotta.
Rising Tide, 323 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine; (207) 563-1161. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA's Organic Certification.
February 7 - Deadline to register for the March 7-9, 2017, Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show
in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Harvest New England Association, Inc., is a collaborative marketing program created by the New England state departments of agriculture to facilitate sales of New England agricultural products through wholesale market channels using the Harvest New England brand. Information.
February 7 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Bangor.
Bangor Extension Office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine; (207) 942-7396. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA's Organic Certification.
February 8 - Season Extension Online Conference.
ACORN is pleased to announce our first online Season Extension conference with Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook. Gain valuable skills and knowledge about greenhouse and hoophouse growing - from the comfort of your own home! Hosted by Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. Information on Facebook.
February 9 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - Norway.
Fareshare Coop, 443 Main Street, Norway, Maine; (207) 743-9044. Join MOFGA staff for an overview of requirements and resources for producing and marketing crops and livestock under MOFGA's Organic Certification.
February 10 - Summit on Rural Maine's Next Economy.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor. A day of celebrating rural Maine and exploring its future. Share your experiences and ideas with over 50 presenters who are working every day to build a new economy in rural Maine. Hosted by Envision Maine; co-sponsored by MOFGA. Agenda and registration.
February 10 - 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
February 11 - Beginning Beekeeping Workshop.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Register here.
February 15 - Slow Money Maine Gathering,
Christ Church, 1 Dresden Ave., Gardiner. All are welcome!
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a Pre-Meeting Focus Group: Considering a Value-added Producer Grant. From 1 to 4 p.m. are the main presenters and updates. Information.
February 17 (snow date February 24) - Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District Rural Energy Workshop
for landowners, homeowners, farmers and small businesses in partnership with UMaine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County office and the Dover-Dexter Area Towns in Transition. Information.
February 18-20 - NOFA-Vermont's 35th Annual Winter Conference: "Beyond Borders: Our Role in the Global Food Movement."
Saturday through Monday, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. 100+ workshops, speakers, and celebrations for farmers, gardeners, and foodies. Early registration discount until Feb. 13; additional discounts for NOFA Vermont members and volunteers. More information and online registration.
February 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon; MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. $100 per person; $135 for two people coming from the same farm. Lunch is included on Sunday. Register here.
March 4 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker Will Brinton and a panel of farmers focus on soil microbiology. Register here.
March 11 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning.
Two locations: Cumberland, Maine, and Mt. Desert, Maine. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Workshop is geared towards beginners and experienced growers. Pre-register here
(required). More information.
March 11 - Waldo County Grower's Winter Potluck,
4-7 p.m., the Varney Center, Brooks. Sponsored by UMaine Waldo County Cooperative Extension. If you or your family grow, process or sell commercial crops in Waldo County, join us to socialize and share good food. A family event; infants and children welcome. Alcohol free. Please bring a dish or two to share, along with eating utensils. Snow date March 12, 4-7 p.m. For inclement weather announcements call 207-342-5971. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 18 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference.
Keynote speaker Fred Provenza on grazing animal behavior and its link to soil health. FMI: http://extension.usu.edu/behave/
April 28-29 - New England Meat Conference,
Manchester, N.H. http://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/