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 Calendar: Events of Interest

The following is a list of events taking place around the country – and the world!

Included here are events that are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA. Download or read our
2017 MOFGA Events Calendar (8.5"x11").

NOVEMBER 2017

  • 16 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of MOFGA's Board of Directors. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 16-19 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For people, beginning and experienced, to learn and practice sustainable woodlot management, and logging with animals and low-impact machinery. For beginners and experienced. Information and registration.
  • 17-18 - MOFGA Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Level I is a two-day course covering many aspects of chainsaw use, including the basics of saw mechanics, operation, maintenance and safety, and a chance to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is for experienced saw operators who want to practice and improve their technique. More information. Register here
  • 17-18 - Central Maine Converge and Create Weekend, Thomas College, Waterville. Want to know how to take your agricultural or specialty food business idea or project to the next level? Hear from Slow Money Maine and MOFGA members in the farm-to-table movement about public and private resources. Register at http://www.thomas.edu/create/
  • 18 - Maine Cattlemen's College. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wells Conference Center, University of Maine Campus, Orono. Will provide up-to-date information to beef cattle producers and allow an opportunity to meet leaders in the industry and fellow producers. Proceeds to benefit Maine Beef Producers Association Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Beef Producers Association, and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. $25 for member of MBPA/MOFGA or $35 for non-members. Website/preregistration here or contact Melissa Libby (207) 581-2788 or melissa.libby1@maine.edu
  • 27–29 - ACORN Conference (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network). Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Largest Canadian organic conference east of Ontario. Check http://www.acornorganic.org for details.
  • 30 - Conservation Biological Control Short Course. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, MOFGA Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Learn a science-based strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects for natural pest control! Based upon the link between conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens. Registration $45 per person, 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 November 23rd, 2017. FMI: Contact Jillian Vento, The Xerces Society; 503-232-6639; pollinators@xerces.org. Information and registration

DECEMBER 2017

  • 1 - 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
  • 3 - MOFGA Board of Directors Meeting. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.
  • 4 - 3rd Annual Farmland Access Conference. Monday, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, Maine. Join co-hosts Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust, fellow farmers and colleagues from around New England for a day of discussion and practical information on the challenges of farmland access, transfer and succession, and the ways we can address those challenges together. Registration opens October 25. FMI: contact Erica Buswell: ebuswell@mainefarmlandtrust.org
  • 4 - Deadline for farmers to apply for a Fund-a-Farmer grant of up to $2,500 from Food Animal Concerns Trust to improve farm animal welfare. Grants focus on pasture-based farming systems and farm improvements that result in successful animal welfare certification. Funds are for working, independent family farmers who raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, turkeys, beef cattle and/or sheep. FMI: https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/farmer
  • 5 - Deadline to apply for Northeast SARE 2018 Farmer Grants. Farmer Grants fund projects by commercial producers who want to test innovative ideas in field trials, on-farm demonstrations or market initiatives. A technical advisor must also be involved. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Farmer-Grant
  • 6 - Film: "Just One Drop," about the little-known story of homeopathy. 7:15 p.m., Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville. Fifty tickets must be sold before November 23 to ensure showing this film in Waterville. Tickets available at https://gathr.us/screening/21398#.Wfs-1ZSIluk.email
  • 7 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. (Snow date December 8.) Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. $50 (includes lunch); $35 for MOFGA members. Register here
  • 8 - Deadline to apply for USDA Farm to School Grants. https://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy18-farm-school-grant
  • 12-14 - New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference 2017, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. http://newenglandvfc.org/.
  • 14 - Common Ground Country Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Deadline for farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans and Extension personnel for proposals for Organic Farming Research Foundation funding. Research priorities include but are not limited to soil health, innovative weed control, management of emerging insect and disease issues, and livestock health. FMI: http://ofrf.org/2017-grant-application

JANUARY 2018

 


    

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