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MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION

Bulletin Board

MARCH 9, 2017


Aerial view of Frith Farm in Scarborough.
Photo courtesy of Frith Farm.


Organic Gardening Tip:
Permanent Beds Benefit Soils and Plants

Farming with no-till permanent beds can improve soil structure, reduce weeds, enable earlier planting dates, increase yields and reduce reliance on expensive equipment. At MOFGA's 2016 Farmer to Farmer Conference, four experts described their permanent bed farming. Read about their methods, which include plenty of ideas for farmers and gardeners, in "Permanent Raised Beds" in the spring 2017 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.
 
Pruning- - - -

Organic Orcharding Workshops

Pruning
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., March 11 - Two locations: Cumberland and Mount Desert
Sat., March 25 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Register here.

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Scionwood collection and storage will also be covered. Confirmation and directions will be sent a week prior to the start of the workshop. Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required and this course fills up quickly!

Renovating Old Apple Trees
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., March 18 - Freedom
Sat., March 25 - Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert, and Cunningham Island, Newcastle
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Register here.

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. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

Grafting Fruit Trees
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., April 1 - College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Sat., April 8 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch
Register here.

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.
 
School- - - -

Maine Vegetable & Fruit School in Two Locations      

The 2017 Maine Vegetable & Fruit School will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Seasons Event & Conference Center in Portland and on Wednesday, March 15, at the Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2017/01/25/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2017/. Contact Pam St. Peter with registration inquiries at 207-933-2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.
 
FAMACHA- - - -

FAMACHA Certification Workshop      
March 17 - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dovetail Farm, 45 Edgecomb Rd., Belfast, Maine  
The workshop will include information on parasites and management practices, along with fecal egg analysis using microscopes. Registration fee $20 per farm includes one FAMACHA card; additional card $12. Bring your own bag lunch. Sponsored by UMaine Cooperative Extension, Maine Sheep Breeders Assoc., Maine Grass Farmers Network and MOFGA. FMI: Diane Schivera, dianes@mofga.org or the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142. Register here.  
 
MGFN- - - -

Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference
March 18 - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Alfond Campus, Kennebec Valley Community College, Hinckley

The Maine Grass Farmers Network 2017 conference will feature nationally known keynote speakers: Dr. Fred Provenza from Utah State University, a noted animal scientist and grazing behavior specialist, and Dr. Hue Karreman, author and veterinarian, along with his partner, Suzanne Nelson. Concurrent sessions will follow, with speakers including Dr. Tatiana Stanton from Cornell discussing parasite control in sheep and goats, and UMaine's new Extension livestock specialist, Dr. Colt Knight. FMI and to register: https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/conference/. FMI Rick Kersbergen richard.kersbergen@maine.edu, 207-342-5971 or MOFGA's Diane Schivera dianes@mofga.org
 
Tour- - - -

Want to Host a Farm or Garden Tour?  
 
If you'd like to host a tour of your farm or garden this summer, we can put you on our "Daytripping" list, to be published in the June-August issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Just send (to jenglish@tidewater.net) your farm name, owners' names, farm or garden features (briefly), date and time when visitors are welcome, directions and contact information. We publish the listing, and the rest is up to you and your visitors. You may get one or even no visitors, or you may get dozens. We suggest setting one or two particular times for your tour so that your entire day isn't tied up. Many growers use our Daytripping list as a place to publicize that their farms are open on Maine's Open Farm Day (July 23 this year; http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/open_farm_day.shtml). 
 
CGCF- - - -

Youth Enterprise Zone Common Ground Country Fair Applications Available  
 
Applications for a booth in the Youth Enterprise Zone and Youth Enterprise Transition Zone of the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair are now being accepted! The online application is available on the Youth Enterprise Zone webpage. The deadline is March 24. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Eleanor at 568-4142 or commonground@mofga.org.  
 
 Bowl- - - -

Empty Bowl Supper on April 22
Please note date change
 
The MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's annual Empty Bowl Supper fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 22 (not April 29 as previously planned), at 6 p.m. at the United Farmers Market of Belfast, at 18 Spring Street. The supper is not at the Unitarian Universalist Church this year because of construction there; we deeply appreciate the donation of that space for the past decade-plus. Please join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and for delicious soups served in bowls made by expert Maine craftspeople. We'll also have breads and desserts. Anyone who would like to donate bowls may leave them at the MOFGA office or contact jenglish@tidewater.net. Thank you for supporting MOFGA's connection with our herman@s in El Salvador!
 
Kiva- - - -

$10,000 No-Interest Loans Available through Kiva.org

MOFGA has teamed up with Collective Commitments, a new social enterprise working in Maine, to help you access 0% interest loans from Kiva.org for any business purpose. Patricia Pinto, Collective Commitments Founder, is available to answer your questions, and help you through the entire process - patricia@collectivecommitments.org, (207) 650-4430. You can also start the application on your own via this link: http://us.kiva.org/collectivecommitments/.

 
EventsEvents in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!


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: richard.kersbergen@maine.edu

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/. Online registration now closed. Contact Pam St. Peter with registration inquiries at 207.933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

March 16 and 23 - Free webinar series on reduced tillage in organic vegetables. 3 to 5 p.m. from Cornell, Michigan State and the University of Maine. March 16: Strip Tillage Tools and Practices; March 23: Cultivation for Reduced Tillage Systems. FMI and to register: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/98e6288a06d0f0b14ac87b605f06faf5.

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, dianes@mofga.org 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 richard.kersbergen@maine.edu, 207-342-5971 or MOFGA's Diane Schivera dianes@mofga.org

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 - Hunger & Nutrition Farm Bill Listening Session with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. 9-11 a.m., Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. RSVP required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hunger-nutrition-farm-bill-listening-session-w-congresswoman-pingree-tickets-32503236054. Space is limited.

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 (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! Schedule of speakers and activities.

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 1 (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.

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 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 - 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 8 - UMaine Cooperative Extension and Waldo County Extension Association's Rural Living Day. Several MOFGA staff are involved in this event. Mount View High School, 577 Mount View Rd., Thorndike. https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/

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 22 - Maine Heritage Orchard fourth annual spring tree planting at MOFGA. 9 a.m. to noon

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

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

 

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