Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Calendar

Calendar

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.

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COVID-19 and Farm Work Safety on Zoom

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 5 p.m. with Villageside Farm on ZOOM. Join us electronically for a webinar on farm safety during the time of COVID-19. Villageside Farm will present safe operating procedures they have implemented on their vegetable farm to support their crew of workers as well as communication skills during this stressful time. There will be time for Q and A about best practices as well.

Apprenticeship and Farm Worker Social on Zoom

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 5 p.m. Join us electronically to kick off the farming season. You will receive an overview of MOFGA’s educational programs and support resources available to apprentices and new farmers. Most importantly, it’s a great chance to start meeting apprentices and farm workers from other farms across the state. We look forward to seeing you there! Grab a beverage of your choice and zoom in to say hi.

July Zoom Call Check-In for Farm Workers and Apprentices

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 5 p.m. Join Bo Dennis, Beginning Farmer Program Specialist at MOFGA, for an informal Zoom check in. This will be a time to connect with other apprentices and farm workers about their season and get any support you may need at this time. Ground rules will be set to provide a confidential space.

Soil Health and Intensified Vegetable Growing

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 on ZOOM. Daniel Mays, farmer at Frith Farm, produces diversified vegetables on 2 acres in a no-till system. Come electronically discuss soil health management strategies including cover cropping, tarping, and permanent bed systems as we take a virtual tour of his farm. How to produce a bounty of organic produce in compact spaces will also be explored. View recordings of this webinar on YouTube:
PART 1
– farm tour video
PART 2 – workshop with images and audio

Land Justice and Rematriation

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – 5 p.m., with Alivia Moore from Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective. Learn about Wabanaki food system rematriation efforts and explore an Indigenous perspective on land justice with Alivia Moore, co-founder of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation. Reparation strategies of land return, cultivation/harvest agreements, and cultural use agreements will be discussed.

Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to “get big or get out” as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture-based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative – by diversification, value-added production and innovative marketing strategies. Come electronically meet Rhiannon and Gregg of Grace Pond Farm in Thomaston who raise cows,  distribute milk, and grow turkeys. Rhiannon will also discuss agricultural policy and her work with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. View the webinar on YouTube

Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join us electronically to learn about New Roots Cooperative Farm, a New American-owned cooperative in practice and learn about worker co-op farms, farmland co-ops, marketing co-ops, labor co-ops and equipment sharing co-ops. You'll learn about cooperative economic structure, democratic decision-making, and distribution of the surplus farmers collectively generate.

August Zoom Call Check-In for Farm Workers and Apprentices

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Join Bo Dennis, Beginning Farmer Program Specialist at MOFGA, for an informal Zoom check in. This will be a time to connect with other apprentices and farm workers about their season and get any support you may be needing at this time. Ground rules will be set to provide a confidential space. Register for this conversation here.

Seed Saving and Indigenous Seed Sovereignty

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. This workshop will cover the principles and practices of organic seed production within the contemporary context of seed sovereignty, ethical seed stewardship and regional crop adaptation. Presenters include Rachet Sayet (Mohegan), seed saver, herbalist, chef and scholar of indigenous foodways, and Daniel MacPhee, commercial organic seed farmer at Blackbird Rise in Palermo, Maine. Please register for this event here.

Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Finding a place and resources to farm can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re working as a farm hand, manager or apprentice it is never too soon to consider your options. Abby Sadauckas, Maine field agent for Land For Good and farmer of Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham will talk through how to start thinking about your future farm, the land base you’ll need and the variety of ways to achieve your farm dream. If you’re considering farming for a living, please come and contribute to this important conversation. Please register for this conversation here.

Greenhouse and Agriculture Infrastructure Session

Tuesday, September 8, 9 a.m. OR Thursday, September 10, 4:30 p.m. The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (ME SAS) is hosting two educational seminars with statewide significance for year round and season extension greenhouses for small and mid-sized commercial Maine farms. The events will be delivered via ZOOM on two dates. The two times are scheduled to make the event accessible to farmers and farm service providers and others with varying schedules and availability. Pre-registration is required; registered participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with the ZOOM link a week in advance of the events. To register please visit www.mesas.org/signup before September 2 to receive priority access.

Climate Change and Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project

September 16, Wednesday, 5 p.m. on Zoom, Bumbleroot Organic Farm. Join us for a discussion about what climate impacts Maine farmers are experiencing and how they are adapting in their growing techniques. Melissa Law, one of the farmers at Bumbleroot Organic Farm, will discuss farming practices for climate resiliency and how to engage in climate activism. She serves on the Maine Climate Council which helps develop strategy and policy for farmers navigate climate change. Break out rooms will be used to discuss what challenges you are facing on your farm.

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Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

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Greenhouse and Agriculture Infrastructure Session

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2020 Common Ground Country Fair

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair. Join us for MOFGA’s first virtual celebration of...
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2020 Common Ground Country Fair

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair. Join us for MOFGA’s first virtual celebration of...
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2020 Common Ground Country Fair

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair. Join us for MOFGA’s first virtual celebration of...
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9/29/2020 5:00 PM
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A Novel Shallow Well Technology to Provide Safe, Sustainable Drinking and Irrigation Water

September 29, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Online. Fee: Free. In this talk, Joe Ayotte of New England...
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10/3/2020 9:00 AM

Pickles Preserves and Pies

October 3, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lincolnville Beach. Fall harvest festival with vendors selling...
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10/4/2020 12:30 PM
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Carbon Conversation: The Forest's Role in Storing and Sequestering Carbon

October 4, 2020 – Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Law Farm, 20 Lee Cemetery Road, Dover Foxcroft. Free, but...
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10/6/2020 7:00 PM
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Tour the Deer Isle Hostel: 21st Century Homesteading

October 6, 2020 – 7 p.m. Anneli and Dennis live on 21 acres on Deer Isle where they grow gardens, orchards,...
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10/7/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Planning Your Backyard Orchard

October 7, 2020 – Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., online. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional....
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