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 17-18 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices.
Wednesday & Thursday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Two-day immersion course open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. $100 per day or $150 for both days; Discounts for MOFGA members. Information and course outline
or register here.May 19-21 - Northeast Livestock Exposition.
Windsor, Maine. IBGA Boer goat show, poster contest, feeder calf sale, wool pool, equine clinics, rabbit show, youth cook-off, beef-sheep-alpaca displays, shows & sales, educational programs, commercial trade show, Boer goat consignment sale. Demonstrations and exhibits.May 20 - Meat and Dairy Goats Seminar.
10 a.m., prime livestock arena, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. A free seminar with Dr. Fred Homeyer from Antelope Creek Ranch in Texas during the Northeast Livestock Expo, covering feed ratios, proportions and proper structure in goats; evaluation and selection of goats for production; and other topics that participants raise. FMI about this and other events at the May 19-21 Northeast Livestock Expo, please see http://www.northeastlivestockexpo.com/
. MOFGA will have a table there, and our organic livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, will be involved with kids' day (May 19).May 24 - Introduction to Farm Equipment: Safety, Operation and Basic Maintenance.
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Weds., 5 p.m., Crystal Spring Farm
, Brunswick. Join farmer Seth Kroeck, staff from MOFGA, and University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professional Jason Lilley for an introduction to basic farm equipment anatomy, safe operation, and maintenance. We'll cover tractor operation and safety; attaching, adjusting, and operating farm implements; and basic preventative lubrication and maintenance. See the complete schedule of MOFGA Farm Training Project workshopsMay 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.May 31 - MOFGA Farm Training Project Kick-Off.
Weds., 5 p.m., Villageside Farm
, Freedom. Join Polly and Prentice at Villageside Farm for a social gathering to kick off the FTP season. You'll learn about communication skills that will improve your experience as an apprentice this season. We look forward to seeing you there! Potluck to follow.June 3-4 - 17th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. Diane Schivera, MOFGA's organic livestock specialist, will staff a table here and will answer your questions about fiber animals. Throughout the event, learn and share information about breeding and raising fiber-related animals and see New England's best fiber farms through a fiber marketplace. Activities include border collie and sheep demos, kids' events, music and more. FMI, including admission cost, visit www.fiberfrolic.com
.June 5 - Fiber Farming.
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Monday, 5 p.m., Springtide Farm
, Bremen. Goats are a great livestock choice for much of the rocky, forested land in Maine. Farmers Wendy Pieh and Peter Goth will discuss raising North American Cashmere goats for premium fiber, processed into roving and yarn that is hand dyed. See the complete schedule of MOFGA Farm Training Project workshopsJune 14 - Cover Crops.
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Weds., 6 p.m., Dooryard Farm
, Camden. Farmer Cooper Funk and Mark Hutchinson of Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension will discuss types of cover crops, pros and cons of each and programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. Potluck to follow. Co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (rain date June 15).June 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. All workshops are hands-on. Free!June 21 - Organic Livestock Management.
MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Weds., 5 p.m., Milkhouse Farm
, Monmouth. Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith raise a MOFGA certified organic dairy herd, laying hens and pigs. At the Milkhouse we graze 24/7 in the growing season (as weather and re growth allows), utilizing rotational grazing methods to increase soil fertility, maximize yields from the land, and manage fly & other pest pressure on the herd. We'll discuss how different age groups of cows can be used in different areas of the farm depending on the specific needs of the land, how we use pigs to renovate pastures, and where chickens come into play on our farm. We'll also discuss our plans for summer silvapasture for cows and pigs. Come learn how we make our system work! See the complete schedule of MOFGA Farm Training Project workshopsJune 24 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Rd., Cumberland. Please bring a bag lunch. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest. Instructor: C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
. More information.July 6 - 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.July 23 - Conservation Biological Control Short Course.
Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME. Course is tailored to the needs of farmers, NRCS, SWCD, Cooperative Extension, and state department of agriculture employees, as well as crop consultants, natural resource specialists, and non-governmental conservation organization staff. Offered by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Registration is $45 per person. Course registration includes the Xerces Society's Conservation Biocontrol Toolkit and a copy of "Farming With Native Beneficial Insects." Please bring a sack lunch - lunch will not be provided. Canceled registrations can be refunded until July 14th, 2017. Information and registration.August 5 - MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Please bring a bag lunch. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year's new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Instructor: Seth Yentes. Registration fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
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