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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Racial Justice and Maine Farmers

Farmer to Farmer in the Field discussion for farm owners and managers

July 9, 2020 – Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Join Maine farmers to discuss racial justice and commit to antiracist practices on Maine farms and in the Maine agricultural community. This discussion is not a racial justice training but a farmer-to-farmer-style conversation about how to move racial justice forward in a committed and sustained way. It will offer opportunities to respond to the present moment and to commit to equity and accountability in your farm business. This dialog will also help farmers who host apprentices and workers support a more inclusive workspace. Please register for this free conversation, which will include breakout discussions. facilitators: Arvolyn Hill and Genna Cherichello, a skilled team of racial justice facilitators, have attended race conversation training sessions at the New York City-based Center for Racial Justice in Education as well as co-facilitated racial justice training for the New York Botanical Garden's Children's Education department to help its educators understand systematic racism and how it affects the outdoor education field while also equipping its educators to teach with an antiracist lens. REGISTRATION. When you register, we will share resources to review before the event.

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Kids Gardening Club

Conversation & fun related to bugs!

July 14, 2020 – Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Online. FREE. Do you know a kid who is growing their own garden, or a row in their family’s garden? Please encourage them to come to the 2nd meeting of MOFGA's Kids Gardening Club! Kids (approximately aged 6-10) can log onto Zoom with parental support to connect with other young gardeners. Facilitated by MOFGA staff, this meeting will include conversation & fun related to BUGS (pollinators, beneficals, pests and more!). Kids are encouraged to find an insect in their gardens and take a photo of it in advance of this meeting. We'll have a sharing circle and follow-along craft activity, too. REGISTRATION

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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. Please register here.

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Gardening Q and A with MOFGA

July 16, 2020 – Thursday, 4 p.m. We know many of you may be growing a garden for the first time this year. If you have questions, MOFGA would love to help answer them during this online Q & A session. Bring your questions to this informal conversation as you plan and grow your garden. We look forward to chatting with you. REGISTRATION

 

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Soil Health and Intensified Vegetable Growing

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – 5 p.m. 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. Please register here for this event.

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Preserving Garden Produce for Winter

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Webinar Series

July 29, 2020 – Wednesday, 5 p.m., Online. Free. Summer is in full swing and more vegetables are ripening every day! As wonderful as this time of year is, it can also be overwhelming to be suddenly faced with more garden produce than your family can eat. That makes it the perfect time to preserve some to eat during the winter months. On July 29, long-time homesteader and prolific food preserver June Zellers will share her approaches to preserving garden produce for the winter. REGISTRATION. You will receive a link to the meeting when you register.

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Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 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.

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Kids Gardening Club

Build pollinator hotels, share stories from our own gardens & more

August 11, 2020 – Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Online. FREE. Kids (approximately aged 6-10) can log onto Zoom with parental support to connect with other young gardeners from around our state. At this meeting, we'll show you how to build pollinator hotels, share stories from our own gardens & more. You'll get more details – and a link to the meeting – by email after you register. REGISTRATION

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Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 on Zoom – 5 p.m. 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. Registration link coming soon.

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Kitchen Licensing: Online Format

Two Parts: Part 1: August 13, Thursday, 2-4 p.m., Part 2: August 19, Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. Fee: $30; $20 for MOFGA members. Scholarships available - please email [email protected] for details!. We're taking this annual workshop for new or aspiring food business operators online! This workshop is designed for farmers and others interested in home food processing for resale or beginning to sell new value-added products. Licensing requirements, food safety, liability insurance, labeling and organic certification requirements will all be covered. Normally, this is a full day, in-person workshop. This summer, it will be offered as two webinars and will include the same content as the in-person workshop. Contact [email protected] with questions. REGISTRATION

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Season Extension Techniques for the Home Gardener

August 18, 2020 – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Online. Free. Our gardens may be basking in the heat of summer but we do live in Maine and so the cold weather will be here before we know it! Join Dave Colson, MOFGA's Agricultural Specialist for Southern Maine, to learn about several ways to extend the growing season into the fall by protecting your plants from the cold. REGISTRATION

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Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro, 18 acres with seven field plots, high tunnel, orchard, grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Please register for this event here.

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2020 Poultry Processing Workshop

September 9, 2020 – Wednesday, 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 a bird. REGISTRATION

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Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

September 12, 2020 – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine. Fee: $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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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 July 1.

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