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

Most of the events are organized or co-sponsored by MOFGA but other events are listed as well.

Visit the MOFGA Events page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form.

Culinary Trends in Quebec and Maine

September 23, 2019 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., O'Maine Studios, 54 Danforth St. Portland, Maine. Fee: $30. Keynote speaker John-Martin Fortier and a panel discussion of food producers from Quebec and Maine will discuss market trends in Quebec and Maine, and what it means to source locally. TICKETS

 

Breeding Sheep for Wool Production

September 30, 2019 – Meadowcroft Farm, 45 Hopkins Rd., Washington. 5:30 p.m. tour; 6 p.m. discussion. As concern grows for plastic waste in our wearables and home goods, and awareness expands for the opportunities regenerative agriculture offers as a global climate solution, it is time for us to think more critically about Farm to Textile as we have Farm to Table.  FMI: Anna at amueller@mofga.org

2019 Maine Farm to School Conference

Innovations in Farm to School

October 4, 2019 – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., KVCC, Harold Alfond Campus & Recreation Center, 677 Skowhegan Road, Clinton, Maine 04927. Convening farm to school stakeholders from across the state and beyond for a day of learning, best practice sharing, and networking! The conference is held during Farm to School Month in October, draws about 150 people, features local foods for snacks and meals, and hosts a variety of workshops and talks. Website. FMI: contact Stephanie Cesario, Maine Farm to School Network Coordinator, at s.cesario@hccame.org. REGISTER HERE

Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October 5-7, 2019 – Saturday-Monday, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Covers all aspects of raising, humanely slaughtering and processing pigs. REGISTRATION

Mainers Invited to Dispose of Unusable Pesticides

Free disposal with pre-registration by October 7

This free annual program is open to homeowners and family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collections will occur at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta, and Portland. Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 7, 2019 and unregistered drop-offs are not permitted. All details including drop off locations and program dates will be supplied following registration. To register and access important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, visit the BPC website at thinkfirstspraylast.org, or call 207-287-2731.

Root Cellar and Winter Storage Design

October 8, 2019 – Tuesday, 3 p.m., Checkerberry Farm, 530 Wellington Rd., Parkman. Jason and Barbara Kafka landed on what they now call Checkerberry Farm in 1981 with the intent of homesteading. As years passed, homesteading progressed into farming and the root cellar underneath their 1870s farmhouse became cumbersome and inadequate. In the early 2000s the 1870s barn that had once been connected to the farmhouse was upgraded to include an insulated and refrigerated storage room and in the next few years two more storage rooms were added. If you are thinking of designing a new space or retrofitting a pre-existing space, let's have a conversation. FMI: Anna at amueller@mofga.org

 

End-of-Season Walk and Talk at Hurricane Valley Farm

October 10, 2019 – Thursday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 17 Schuster Rd., Falmouth, Maine. Join MOFGA and Cultivating Community at Hurricane Valley Farm (HVF) in Falmouth for an end-of-the-season tour and discussion directed at home gardeners and led by Horticultural Specialist Pamela Hargest of UMaine Cooperative Extension and MOFGA Agricultural Services Director Dave Colson. They will offer tips on wrapping up the garden season, preparing for winter, and setting yourself up for success next spring. This will include discussions about incorporating soil building and pest prevention practices into your fall clean up. FMI contact Lucy Cayard at lcayard@mofga.org. REGISTRATION

Great Maine Apple Day

October 13, 2019 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shineCelebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

Apple Preservation Workshop

October 22, 2019 – Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fork Food Lab, 72 Parris St. Portland, Maine 04101. It's that time of year again! Apple season is upon us and what to do with so many apples? Join MOFGA and our hosts at Fork Food Lab for a very special apple preservation class led by Kate McCarty, Food Systems Professional, from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. $30, $20 for MOFGA and Fork Food Lab members; free for MOFGA Journeypeople. FMI: email Lucy Cayard at lcayard@mofga.org. REGISTRATION

Deadline to apply for Small Business Innovation Research Program – Phase I

October 23, 2019 – Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged. Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development purposes. Information

Deadlines to apply for Rural Energy for America Program

October 31 and other dates – Deadlines to apply for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and loans to farmers and rural businesses interested in making energy efficiency improvements. The program also supports purchase of wind, solar or other renewable energy systems, and provides grants to help farmers with energy audits and renewable energy development. Information

Ecology Action 3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE Workshop

November 1-3, 2019 – Golden Rule Community, Willits, Calif. Learn how to feed your family by feeding your soil; this participant-driven workshop will teach you how to compost, double dig, plan and plant a vegetable garden using the proven, high-yield low-input GROW BIOINTENSIVE method; offering a 25% discount on registration to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association members. Info: www.growbiointensive.org

Washing Machine Greens Spinner Workshop

November 1, 2019 – Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., MOFGA Exhibition Hall, Unity. Have a washing machine that you want to convert into a greens spinner? Have you already done the conversion, but want to improve it? Join us for a hands-on intensive workshop focused on getting the job done and doing it well. This is a hands-on workshop and you are required to bring your machine with you along with tools and supplies to get the work done. The workshop is free, but you can make a donation to the UVM Extension Ag Engineering fund to help support future magic. REGISTRATION

Farmer to Farmer Conference 2019

November 2-4, 2019 – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, 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.

Commercial Mushroom Farming in Maine

Workshop & Tour at North Spore Mushrooms

November 2, 2019 – Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Spore, 90 Bridge St, Westbrook, Maine. FREE! Co-hosted with Fungi Ally & North Spore. Mushroom production can be a great addition to a diversified farm. Join us for an introductory workshop on mushroom growing aimed at existing or aspiring small-scale commercial growers. Learn about methods of producing mushrooms at a small scale and then tour North Spore's facilities. Much of workshop content would also be applicable to ambitious growers or homesteaders operating on a community scale. Contact events@mofga.org with questions. REGISTRATION

Perceiving Apples: A Discussion of Maine Heritage Apples

November 7, 2019 – Thursday, 6 p.m., Portland Museum of Art Auditorium, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101. The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) and MOFGA welcome John Bunker as he shares his passion for Maine heritage apple varieties in this special talk. A reception follows with cider tastings of both hard cider and sweet cider made by local cider makers using Maine heritage apple varieties, as well as samples of apples from John's farm. $10 general admission, $5 for MOFGA and PMA members. FMI contact Lucy Cayard at lcayard@mofga.org. REGISTRATION

Photo of John Bunker by Russell French of Portland, Maine

Beginner Hide Tanning – Fall Workshop

November 13, 2019 – Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 14-17, 2019 – Four days of workshops, Thursday - Sunday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. A series of workshops designed for stewards of small or large woodlots to develop skills to cut and harvest wood products safely and ecologically. Learn and practice sustainable woodlot management and logging with animals or low-impact machinery.

 

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry
Thursday, November 14 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $125 – REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE for Draft and Mechanical Logging Workshops
Taught by foresters, soil scientists, and experienced landowners, this one-day introductory field course serves as a great introduction to the philosophy of Low-Impact forestry.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Draft Animals Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with draft animals.
REGISTRATION

Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
PRICE $425 – includes all meals & basic accommodations and the required pre-requisite Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry
This four-day workshop begins with Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry, a required pre-requisite for the following three days of instruction in logging with hand tools and small machinery.
REGISTRATION

 

Chainsaw Safety Training

November 15 and 16, 2019 – Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Registration is full. Individuals interested in taking the course can contact Noah at forestry@mofga.org to get on the waiting list.

Kitchen Licensing Workshop

December 5, 2019 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members. Designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. REGISTRATION

Beginner Hide Tanning – Winter Workshop

January 11, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. We’ll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you’ll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

40th EcoFarm Conference

January 22-25, 2020 – Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, Calif. The annual EcoFarm Conference builds upon its farmer-to-farmer education model to provide an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world, featuring 70+ workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, seed swaps, live entertainment, and organic culinary fare. https://eco-farm.org/conference

Hide Tanning: Beyond the Basics

February 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Fee: $75; $50 for MOFGA members. Join us for a hands-on workshop about the ancient art of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. This workshop is designed for those with some experience tanning. You'll get help troubleshooting common challenges, learn new methods of tanning, and can bring your own projects if you would like to work on them with support. Bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION

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