Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA Events

MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. Please review our event registration policies. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

MOFGA Gathering and Potluck at Blue Hill Coop

February 22, 2020 – Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., Blue Hill Coop. MOFGA looks forward to seeing many of our Hancock County supporters at the Blue Hill Co-op this Saturday! Schedule: Noon – arrive; 12:30 – lunch; 1 – short presentation about MOFGA followed by questions and discussion; Noon to 5 – Visit our table full of materials and chat with MOFGA staff. The gathering will be followed from 5 to 7 by music with Amy Grant and her band. Please RSVP to Andrew Graham at agraham@mofga.org or 207-568-6046, and please bring a plate or bowl and a utensil.

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Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm

February 23, 2020 – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think. Learn the 10 steps every farm needs to take to build legal resilience. This free workshop will be facilitated by Farm Commons, with a Buckle Farm farmer co-presenter. REGISTRATION

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Before the Syrup

Winter Trails, Winter Tree Identification, and Backyard Tapping

February 23, 2020 – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  The Ecology School at River Bend Farm (184 Simpson Rd. Saco, Maine 04072). Suggested donation $10. Register here.

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Southern Regional Grower Meeting

February 26, 2020 – Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cumberland County UMaine Cooperative Extension office, Falmouth. Join us to connect with growers and service providers in your region. Learn more about MOFGA certification updates and education from MOFGA Farmer Programs! Catered lunch included. Please RSVP for lunch and to receive updates regarding snow dates. See our list of other regional grower meetings. Followed by a focus group about farm management practices that build soil health and contribute to climate resilience, hosted by University of Maine and University of New Hampshire (sepate event).

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Western Regional Grower Meeting

February 28, 2020 – Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Commons at the Center for Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE), 447 Main St., Norway, Maine 04268. Join us to connect with growers and service providers in your region. Learn more about MOFGA certification updates and education from MOFGA Farmer Programs! Catered lunch included. Please RSVP for lunch and to receive updates regarding snow dates. See our list of other regional grower meetings.

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Central Regional Grower Meeting

New date: February 29, 2020 – Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, followed by a potluck hosted by Waldo County Extension from 5 to 8 p.m. Join us to connect with growers and service providers in your region. Learn more about MOFGA certification updates and education from MOFGA Farmer Programs! Snacks included. Please RSVP to receive updates regarding snow dates. See our list of other regional grower meetings.

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York County Community Potluck

February 29, 2020 – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 139 Wentworth Rd. Berwick, Maine 03901. Join MOFGA and York County community members for a potluck! MOFGA staff will be in attendance to answer questions about the Association and hear from York County/Southern Maine folks. Please bring a simple dish, serving utensil, and place setting and join us for a casual evening of conversation and good food. Please RSVP by email to Lucy Cayard at lcayard@mofga.org or phone at 207-233-8744 if you intend to come, to give us an idea of how many people to expect. This event is generously hosted by Diane and Bob of Berwick, Maine.

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Apple Trees

March 7, 2020 – Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Four locations: Bar Harbor, Palmyra, Unity and Saco. Unity location is now full. Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members. Please bring your own bag lunch. Learn to prune apple trees to encourage vigorous growth, annual fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed. For beginners and experienced growers. REGISTRATION

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Spring Growth Conference 2020: Moving Water Around the Farm

March 14, 2020 – Saturday, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $50 per person; $75 per two people from same farm. Free for JPs/MFRPs. Delve into the interactions among your soil type, water tables and drainage possibilities with David Rocque, state soil scientist, in the morning. Then hear from a variety of farmers about how they have dealt with drainage on the farm. Learn how you can improve soil moisture content – and about specific legal restrictions. REGISTRATION

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bringing Back an Old Orchard

March 15, 2020 – Sunday, Cloudy Mountain Farm, Dixmont. DIXMONT REGISTRATION
March 15, 2020 – Sunday, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust's Denny Education Center, Damariscotta. DAMARISCOTTA REGISTRATION
Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. This class differs from our pruning classes in that we will work with older trees that have not been pruned in a long time. Participants should dress warmly and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bringing Back an Old Orchard

March 21, 2020 – Saturday, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members. Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. This class differs from our pruning classes in that the trees we will be working with are older and have not been pruned in a long time. BAR HARBOR REGISTRATION

 

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Kitchen Licensing Workshop

April 2, 2020 – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Turtle Rock Farm, 39 Burbank Ave., Brunswick, Maine 04011. Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members; free for MOFGA journeypeople. Designed for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale or beginning to sell new value-added products. REGISTRATION

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Hedgelaying a Living Fence: Traditional Midland Bullock Hedge Skill-Building

May 2, 2020 – Sunday, 8 a.m.  4 p.m. Hosted by Three Streams Farm at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. May extend to Monday, May 3, if enough interest. $35-$65 sliding fee MOFGA members; $50-$85 sliding fee non-members; Working scholarships or barters available. Hedges when well-laid can contain livestock, plus provide shade, browse and trimmings for fodder when pastures are dry. We will learn and practice hedge laying using traditional and modern tools, selecting and clearing pleachers, pleaching, building, staking, binding and more. Register through Three Streams Farm by calling 338-3301 or email shanahanson@gmail.com.

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Working Fruit Trees

May 16, 2020 – Saturday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity – REGISTRATION
May 17, 2020 – Sunday, Sheepscot General, Whitefield – REGISTRATION

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members. Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees! In this workshop you will learn how and why to top graft and will be able to try it on your own. Workshop led by Laura Sieger, MOFGA's orchard coordinator. Please remember to bring a bag lunch. (Lunch will also be available for purchase at Sheepscot General for the May 17 class only)

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Building an Outdoor Woodfired Oven

Co-sponsored by Morning Glory Farm & MOFGA

May 23-24, 2020 – 9 a.m., Saturday to 4 p.m., Sunday, Morning Glory Farm, Bethel. Fee: $160; $130 for MOFGA members. All meals included, as well as optional camping on-site. Other accommodation options are available in nearby Bethel. Learn to build a cob oven at beautiful Morning Glory Farm in Bethel, Maine! REGISTRATION

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2020 Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 20, 2020 – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity.  Free • Open to the public. Come and learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. Free! Over 40 unique, participatory workshops. Includes a plant swap, a potluck picnic lunch, and a stone soup made with your contributions.

 

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2020 Poultry Processing Workshop

June 27, 2020 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fee: $75; $65 for MOFGA members. Join Jason (of MOFGA) and Carrie of Tessier's Farm for a workshop about how to process poultry safely and efficiently with farm or homestead-scale equipment. Please bring an apron and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home an organic bird. REGISTRATION

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2020 Rabbit Processing Workshop

July 23, 2020 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $75; $65 for MOFGA members. Rabbits are a great source of protein for your homestead! Rabbits are small, easy to handle, and require minimal effort to process. Come learn the basics of rabbit processing and acquire the skills to harvest your own. REGISTRATION

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2020 Common Ground Country Fair

Celebrate Rural Living with MOFGA

September 25 to 27, 2020 – Common Ground Country Fair, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Want to volunteer? Contact volunteers@mofga.org

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2020 Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October 24-26, 2020 – Saturday-Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how you can get the most and the best out of an organic, pasture-raised pig, from slaughter to sausage, using every part but the squeal. Registration will open June 1.

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