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 3 - 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
March 4 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Keynote speaker Will Brinton and a panel of farmers focus on soil health, fertility and microbiology. Registration: $75 for individuals, $100 for couples. Lunch is included. Register here.
March 5 - MOFGA Farming Appreciation Dinner at Solo Italiano.
6 to 9 p.m., 100 Commercial St., Portland. Twenty percent of proceeds will go to MOFGA. Tickets ($85) available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thank-the-harvesters-with-mofga-tickets-31779603650
and cover dinner, tax, gratuity and the benefit to MOFGA. Wine pairing is additional.
March 5 - Deadline to apply for Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships. APPLY HERE.
Click here for information.
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
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 13 - Maine Grain Conference.
Monday, Little School and Agriculture Museum in Littleton (just north of Houlton). FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/blog/2017/02/01/farm-scoop-february-2017/
March 14 and 15 - Maine Vegetable & Fruit School.
Tuesday at Seasons Event & Conference Center in Portland; Wednesday at Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/01/25/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2017/
. Please register by March 3. The $45 cost includes lunch.
March 17 - Controlling Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats FAMACHA Certification Workshop.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45 Edgecomb Rd., Belfast, Maine. $20/farm includes one FAMACHA card; additional card $12. Bring your own bag lunch. FMI: Diane Schivera, email@example.com
or the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142. Register here.
March 18 - Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference.
Keynote speaker Fred Provenza on grazing animal behavior and its link to soil health. Registration and conference details are available on-line at https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/conference/
. FMI Rick Kersbergen firstname.lastname@example.org
, 207-342-5971 or MOFGA's Diane Schivera email@example.com
March 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees.
Freedom, Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here.
March 20 - Deadline for veterans to apply for The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund,
which assists veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching, in the form of items that make a critical difference in launching a young farm business. Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or be serving in the military reserve/National Guard. Applicants must be members of Farmer Veteran Coalition (free to join). Awards are also made in the form of a scholarship to study for a career in agriculture at a college, university or farm-training program.
March 23 - 10th Annual Maine Greenhouses "Best Practices" Workshop.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Snell Family Farm, 1000 River Road (ME 112), Buxton, Maine. Register ($25, includes lunch) by March 17. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/greenhouse-best-practices-workshop/
and Kathy Murray, 207-287-7616
March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. 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
March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees.
Two locations: Mt. Desert, Maine, and Newcastle (Cunningham Island), Maine. Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Register here.
March 26 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange.
Special All-Day Event! MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and Orchardists are invited to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share and participate in educational workshops. Free!
March 26 - Maine Maple Sunday.
Participating Maine Maple producers (including some organic producers) offer demonstrations, sugarbush tours, activities and samplings of maple products. Information.
(April 2 snow date) - Grafting workshop with MOFGA's C.J. Walke
at the Abbott Town Office. Sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. FMI: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org
April 1 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Registration fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members. Register here. More information.
April 5 - 3rd Annual Source Sustainability Awards.
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine. Winners of the 2017 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships will be announced as part of the event. For event details and tickets go to: sourceawards2017.eventbrite.com
April 5 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes.
6 to 9 p.m., locations throughout the state. An evening course designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening.
April 28-29 - New England Meat Conference,
Manchester, N.H. http://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/