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
CANCELLED - February 9 - Informational meeting on Organic Certification - NorwayFebruary 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.orgFebruary 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 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.orgMarch 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 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
(required).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.orgMarch 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/
or email@example.comMarch 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 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
(required).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 28-29 - New England Meat Conference,
Manchester, N.H. http://www.newenglandmeatconference.com/