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 The MOFGA Calendar

MAY 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 20-22 - Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. This free, three-day livestock event will showcase beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and many science-related activities. Information.
  • 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Level 1 for Women. Join Midcoast Conservancy at Hidden Valley Nature Center for a 1-1/2-day introduction to efficient, safe use of chainsaws. This class is ideal for beginners and is a great refresher course. All equipment will be provided, or you can bring your own. $130 for Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members; $150 for non-members. Scholarships available upon request. Information.
  • 24-25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. Tuesday and Wednesday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Two-day immersion course on the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.
  • 26 - Maine Sustainable Year-Round Agriculture Cluster Initiative: Design Open House. Noon to 5 p.m., Gorham (USM) and Buxton (Little River Flower Farm). Hosted by the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society. Two-part event consists of a design round table at the 215 Bailey Hall at USM's Gorham Campus, followed by a tour of a newly constructed ultra-efficient greenhouse at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton. (Little River Flower Farm is a MOFGA-certified organic farm.) http://mesas.org
  • 27-29 - Biodynamic Compost, Preparations & Soil Health. Friday evening through Sunday at noon, 219 Mill Street, Rockport at Avena Botanicals' Gardens. Taught by biodynamic researcher and international compost consultant, Bruno Follador. Learn the biodynamic approach to the art and science of composting; from sourcing materials and building piles to working with biodynamic preparations. Explore the significance of compost in the whole farm organism. $155. Vegetarian lunch provided Saturday. To register call 207-370-4775 or visit www.avenabotanicals.com for more information.
  • 28 - Spiritual Gardening: An Introduction to Dowsing and Its Use in Agriculture. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Bethel, Maine. $50. Information: Lisa McCrory at lmccrory560@gmail.com. To register: Wendy Youmans at yogawendy@gmail.com
  • 29 - Management Intensive Grazing for the Small-Scale Diversified Farm. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morning Glory Farm, West Bethel, Maine. $75 per person, 2 people for $130. Potluck lunch-please bring a dish to share. Information: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/lisa-mccroryconsulting. To register, contact: Christine Trefethen at Morning Glory Farm, 207-381-0321 or email treflist@megalink.net

JUNE 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Goat Dairy. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Cosmic Goat Farm & Creamery, Litchfield. Details.
  • 2-4 - 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Moving Forward Together. Madison, Wisconsin. Pre-conference field trips and short courses, 40+ workshops, lightning talks, exciting keynote addresses and a showcase of Madison's vibrant local food culture. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Feb. 29. Information.
  • 3 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 3 - Biobased Maine 2016 Plants to Products Forum. Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maine Standard Biofuels, 51 Ingersoll Dr, Portland, ME 04103. Partner with Biobased Maine to bring together business leaders, manufacturers, technology companies, and other key stakeholders to network and discuss the potential for Maine to help respond to the rising global demand for products made from plants, not petroleum. $80 ($30 for members of Biobased Maine). Details.
  • 4 - Organic Orcharding Workshop with C.J. Walke. Cultivating Community's Boyd Street Community Garden, 2 Boyd St., Portland. Information.
  • 5 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Livestock Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham. Details.
  • 9 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 11 - Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Heart Herbal Medicine Workshop. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, at Deer Isle Hostel. Learn how to grow, harvest and use rose, hawthorn, schisandra, linden and lemon balm to promote inner peace and wellbeing. Previous experience in using and harvesting herbs for health benefits required. $60. Scholarships available. Cosponsored by MOFGA. FMI: www.deerislehostel.com or 207-348-2308. Accommodation at the hostel: $25 with communal dinner.
  • 11 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. A free, all volunteer, skill share event featuring participatory workshops for resilient living. More than 50 family friendly, hands-on workshops include gardening, fiber arts, food preparation, many small construction projects, herbs, animals, and more. A potluck picnic lunch will include freshly dug bean hole beans, stone soups made on site, and breads you make, baked in an Earth Oven. Come dressed for the weather, roll up your sleeves, and dig in! Free! Information.
  • 11 - Pest & Soil Walk with Hands-On Soil Testing. Led by MOFGA's Eric Sideman and Crystal Spring Farm sheep farmer Tom Settlemire. 10 a.m. to noon, Tom Settlemire Community Garden, Brunswick. Details.
  • 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Hand Tool Demonstration. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Johnny's Selected Seeds, Albion. Details.
  • 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Summer Orchard Care. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Road, Cumberland. Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. Cost: $50 non-members; $35 members. Information.
  • 29 - Conservation Farm Tour: Cover Crop Demonstration. 4-6 p.m., New Leaf Farm, Durham. Led by Dave Colson, MOFGA's agricultural services director. Learn about types of cover crops, pros and cons of each and programs to help with crop rotation on your farm. Cosponsored by MOFGA, the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation District. To register and FMI: Katy Green, kgreen@mofga.org, 568-4142.

JULY 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 1 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 6 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Farming with Horses. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Sandy Meadow Farm, Unity. Details.
  • 7 - Poultry Processing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Join MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. Information.
  • 10 to 16 - Tree Fodder Seminar. 3 Streams Farm in Belfast. Presented by Shana Hanson. $150 suggested tuition covers instruction and room or camp site plus meal ingredients $35 and $55 are suggested tuitions respectively for one and two day options. Payment will be due by 6/30/16. Call (207) 338-3301 FMI and to register.
  • 14 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 14 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 14 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Ecological Weed Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Black Kettle Farm, Lyman. Details.
  • 20 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Creative & Collaborative Marketing. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Milk & Honey Café, Portland. Details.
  • 21 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 12-4 p.m., Christ Church, Gardiner. Free and open to everyone… entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit representatives. No membership required and all are welcome. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 22-24 - Deepening Our Relationship with Medicine Plants, Plant Spirits & Elemental Beings. Taught by Deb Soule and Mischa Schuler. Spend a weekend in Avena Botanicals’ gardens! Learn personal and meaningful daily practices to continue connecting with your plant allies. Earth ceremony, plant meditations, herb walks and more. Call Mischa for more information or to register, 207-274-3242. Camping and 6 organic vegetarian meals provided. $275. Non-refundable deposit to register is $50. Visit www.avenabotanicals.com for more information.
  • 24 - Open Farm Day. Information.
  • 28 & 29 - Kneading Conference. Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Keynote speaker will be Amy Halloran, author of "The New Bread Basket." Information: Erin at erin@mainegrainalliance.com or kneadingconference.com.
  • 31 - Spirit: Healing with Flowers and Meditation. 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Taught by Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals. Come celebrate the healing gifts of flowers. Including a quiet plant meditation, preparing of a flower essence, and learning how to grow, gather and use the various medicinal flowers in Avena’s garden. Students will take home a flower essence and calendula salve made during the class. Includes vegetarian lunch and fresh flower tea. $85. Non-refundable deposit to register is $20.  To register call 207-370-4775 or visit www.avenabotanicals.com for more information.

AUGUST 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 2 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Cut Flower Primer. Tuesday, 5 p.m., Honeysuckle Way, Whitefield. Details.
  • 5 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 6 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine. Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. Join Seth Yentes and practice bud grafting in his nursery plot. $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free. Information.
  • 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Ecological Pest Management. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren. Details.
  • 11 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Thursday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., prior to Fair Steering Commiittee Meeting, Unity. 2017 Fair artwork will be selected.
  • 11 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 12-14 - NOFA Summer Conference. UMass Amherst, Mass. 2016 keynote by Dr. Christine Jones, internationally-acclaimed agricultural educator who will speak about sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices.
  • 15, 16, 22 and 23 - Maine Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care. University of Southern Maine, Portland. Hosted by NOFA, co-sponsored by MOFGA and others. More Information at http://www.organiclandcare.net. Registration here with information on discounts and payment plans.
  • 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Conservation Practices on a Diversified Farm. Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., Frith Farm, Scarborough. Details.
  • 20-21 - Maine Axe and Saw Meet-up. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Learn about the history, making, use and care of axes, crosscut saws, peaveys and other vintage and modern non-motorized tools. FMI: alexandersoldtools@gmail.com
  • TBD - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Mushroom Production. 5 p.m., Cap N' Stem Mushroom Co., Gardiner. Details.
  • 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Seed Saving on a Diversified Farm. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Details.
  • TBD - Farm Training Project Workshop: Breaking Down Livestock Production. Kennebec Valley Community College. Details.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • MOFGA Farm Training Workshops. Locations throughout Maine. Individual workshops appear below.
  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Raw Land: What's Your Plan? Wednesday, 5 p.m., Steve Rodrigue's Homestead, Windsor. Details.
  • 8 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Unity.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 15 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 12-4 p.m., Christ Church, Gardiner. Free and open to everyone… entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit representatives. No membership required and all are welcome. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 15 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Apprentice to Journeyperson. Thursday, 5 p.m., Bumbleroot Farm, Buxton. Details.
  • 23-25 - Common Ground Country Fair. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. The Fair is MOFGA's premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans.

OCTOBER 2016

  • 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing. Saturday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This is one of our most popular workshops, covering all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering, and processing pigs. Registration opens June 15th. Information.
  • 16 - Great Maine Apple Day. Rain or shine: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Celebrate the history, tradition, and flavor of Maine apples with MOFGA. Information.
  • 23 - MOFGA Board Meeting with Fair Steering Committee. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Unity. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

NOVEMBER 2016

  • 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference. Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, 67 Atlantic Highway (Route One), Northport, Maine. MOFGA's annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn't while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers, and others. Information.
  • 9 - MOFGA Fundraising Committee Meeting. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Finance Committee Meeting. Thursday, noon to 2:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9 - MOFGA Executive Committee Meeting. Wednesday, 2 to 5:00 p.m., Unity.
  • 9-10 - 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo. Holiday Inn, Boxborough, Mass. Educational sessions, workshops, trade show. Pesticide recertification credits available. Information.
  • 10 - Annual Slow Money Maine Daylong Gathering. Hutchinson Center, Belfast. www.slowmoneymaine.org
  • 10 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org
  • 17-20 - 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. Information.
  • 18-19 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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, safety and an opportunity to learn and practice safe felling techniques. Level II is designed for the saw operator who has experience, but want to practice and improve upon his or her technique. Information.

DECEMBER 2016

  • 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio – an hour on local food and agriculture. 10 a.m. on 89.9 FM or weru.org
  • 4 - MOFGA Board Meeting. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity
  • 8 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Course is designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Information.
  • 8 - Fair Steering Committee Meeting. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members welcome. Information: aprilb@mofga.org

 


    

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