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.

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2020 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are working to bring this event to you in a new format this year. We will distribute packets of scionwood through farmstands and stores throughout Maine and will publish a full list of these locations soon. We are arranging for a number of workshops – originally set to take place at the event – to be taught online in April; you can register now for the first of these workshops. Though we are missing the chance to swap and learn and celebrate the season with all of you in person this year, we are glad to be able to share some of the spirit of the Seed Swap & Scion Exchange with you through webinars, lists of helpful resources and links, and the sharing of scionwood.

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes 2020

ALL CLASSES POSTPONED - Further information coming soon - April 8, 2020. Grow Your Own Organic Garden has been part of MOFGA’s annual event line up since 1990, when we began this statewide class on growing organically in your own backyard. We’ll miss seeing our students in person this year, but are glad to be able to bring you these resources in a digital format. If you’d like to enjoy the class from the comfort of your own home, we are working to bring this class to you as a webinar. Stay tuned for details!

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Hide Tanning: Overview Webinar

Learn how to prepare to tan hides at home!

April 16, 2020 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Join Trevanna Grenfell of the Wildwood Path for an overview session to help you prepare to tan hides at home. We'll review the basics of tanning and then introduce new tanning methods and troubleshooting techniques. This online session will use the Zoom meeting platform. This session is intended to give an overview of hide tanning practices and is intended for people with a little experience with hide tanning. If you have a hide ready to tan at home, please join us for part 2 on April 30.

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2020 Tree Planting Day at the Maine Heritage Orchard

POSTPONED – April 25, 2020 – Maine Heritage Orchard, 85 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity, Maine. Join us for the Maine Heritage Orchard's 7th annual tree planting day. With your help we will plant apple trees and herbaceous & woody companions. We will also remove tree guards, check trees for damage and add mulch at the Maine Heritage Orchard and at the North Orchard at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center (across the road). Contact MOFGA's orchard coordinator Laura Sieger for updates. Visit the Maine Heritage Orchard website and Maine Heritage Orchard Instagram.

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Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

RESCHEDULED for September 12, 2020Fee: $55; $40 for MOFGA members. Mushrooms are delicious nutritional powerhouses and a great addition to homestead garden. Learn how to approach mushroom growing outdoors, on logs, and practice inoculating logs harvested from MOFGA's woodlot. Please bring a bagged lunch. When you register, please let us know if you are able to bring a mallet/hammer and cordless drill. Contact [email protected] with questions. REGISTRATION

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Hide Tanning Part 2: Hands-on Tanning Webinar

April 30, 2020 – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be a facilitated half-day workshop of at-home hide tanning, supported by virtual instruction, assistance and companionship. We'll alternate blocks of time for teaching with blocks of time for you to work on your own projects – preparing tanning baths, working on hides, and setting yourselves up for long-term hide tanning ease.

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Organic Farming Principles and Practices – Livestock Handling

May 6, 2020 – MODIFIED EVENT: this event will be free and offered as a webinar. Please stay tuned for details. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Misty Brook Farm, Albion. Knowing proper handling and first aid techniques can save lots of money and grief when adding livestock to the farm. Jacki Perkins, a long-time homesteader and MOFGA's organic dairy and livestock specialist, will teach livestock handling at Misty Brook Farm in Albion, Maine. Misty Brook Farm boasts a variety of amiable livestock that are accustomed to intensive handling and uniquely suited for training handlers. Everyone will leave the session with the confidence needed to handle animals safely, and completing this training will benefit current or future employment. Please register for this event.

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Organic Farming Principles and Practices – Crop Production

May 13, 2020 – MODIFIED EVENT: this event will be free and offered as a webinar. Please stay tuned for details. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Fees: $40; $35 MOFGA members; free for Journeypersons and apprentices. Lunch included. Join Caleb Goossen, MOFGA’s organic crop and conservation specialist, and Alex Ethier, MOFGA’s farmer in residence of Killdeer Croft Farm, for a one-day introductory course in organic crop farming. Goossen will cover theory and best practices for managing soils and crops organically. After lunch, he and Ethier will tour the MOFGA grounds to discuss farm plantings. Please register for this event.

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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Top Working Fruit Trees

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

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.

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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

Learn by Doing

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. The workshops cover topics such as woodworking, gardening, construction and repair, bicycles and fiber arts. 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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Great Maine Apple Day 2020

October 18, 2020 – Sunday, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. Rain or shine. Celebrate the diverse array of tree crops that grow in our backyards in Maine. Workshops, educational displays, cider pressing, pie baking contest, treats, and tons to learn about apples and so much more. Get your unknown apples identified. $4; $2 for MOFGA members.

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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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