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.

Webinar: Communication Styles for Positive Farm Apprenticeships

October 15, 2019 – Tuesday, 1 p.m. EST. In this webinar, facilitated by MOFGA, host farms will learn communication skills to smooth apprentice relationships, including how to resolve conflict, communicate expectations and structure in-season check-ins. Polly Shyka of Villageside Farm in Freedom, Maine, will present her experience hosting apprentices for the past 12 years and prioritizing clear, nonviolent communication. FMI: bdennis@mofga.org. REGISTRATION HERE

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Garlic Workshop

October 22, 2019 – Tuesday, 3 to 5 p.m., 876 Summer St., Auburn. Join MOFGA and the Somali Bantu Community Association at Liberation Farms in Lewiston for a free, hands-on garlic planting workshop, open to all. Learn how to prepare soil, plant garlic and care for it through harvest. Caleb Goossen, MOFGA’s organic crop specialist, will discuss softneck and hardneck types, and how to manage fertility and pests. He’ll teach skills applicable to commercial farmers and backyard growers.

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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. FMI: email Lucy Cayard at lcayard@mofga.org. $30, $20 for MOFGA and Fork Food Lab members; free for MOFGA Journeypeople. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

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Webinar: Supporting Beginning Farmer Learning

October 29, 2019 – Tuesday, 1 p.m. EST. In this webinar apprenticeship host farms will learn about beginning farmer learning stages to support the growth of new farmers and to encourage independent learners. Julie Sullivan, rancher, founding mentor for Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program and apprenticeship host farmer since 2003, will discuss farm-based experiential learning and how to encourage apprentices to take leadership in their learning trajectory. Laura Paine, program director for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, will introduce types of learning and lead an interactive discussion on how these styles can help guide host farmers’ interactions with apprentices. FMI: bdennis@mofga.org. REGISTRATION HERE

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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

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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.

Morning and Afternoon Sessions

Keynote Speakers Christa Alexander and Mark Fasching, Jericho Settlers Farm, Vermont

Pre-Conference Activities: Farm tours; Saturday Intensive on Tarping; Farmer Social Sustainability Focus Group

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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. This class and tour has filled up. Please email events@mofga.org to get onto our waitlist.

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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

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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

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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

 

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Home Firewood Production

November 16, 2019 – Saturday, MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Price: $125 (includes lunch and dinner). One-day course for homeowners and woodlot owners who have in interest in harvesting and processing their own firewood. It will cover the basics of home firewood production, from the selection of wood species, the cutting of a number of different diameters of wood, and hand and mechanical splitting, to storage and drying options for the homeowner. REGISTRATION

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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

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MOFGA Day at the 2020 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

January 14, 2020 – Augusta Civic Center. MOFGA offers free presentations and discussions, open to the public, on organic agriculture. No preregistration required. MOFGA also has an information exhibit all three days of the show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about our programs. Note: MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the association's annual meeting at the MOFGA offices in Unity, January 26, 2020 (snow date: Feb. 9).

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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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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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