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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Portland Greendrinks - Goes Virtual!

June 9, 2020 – Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Join MOFGA and Portland Greendrinks for a special virtual event to support MOFGA programming. While we can't all toast in-person, we are still looking forward to enjoying a virtual happy hour with you. Bring your favorite beverage to this Zoom gathering and we'll share some gardening tips with you as well as answer questions. All are welcome to join! Register here and then attend to be entered to win one of two awesome MOFGA raffle prizes: two of our tasting glasses or a 2019 Common Ground Country Fair grocery tote bag! This event is hosted in collaboration with Portland Greendrinks. FMI: please email Lucy Cayard at [email protected]


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.


Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pests and Diseases in the Summer Orchard

June 11, 2020 – Online webinar. Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Cobscook Institute. Registration fees are on a sliding scale. This annual workshop in our Orcharding series is going online. Join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Down East agricultural specialist, for tips on how to address pest and disease problems that may arise in your orchard this summer. Walke will share best practices in summer orchard care to help you ensure that your trees are in good shape for a successful fall harvest. This is a shortened, online version of this class (which usually includes time in the orchard.) You will receive a Zoom link to the webinar in your email when you register. Scholarships available – please contact [email protected] to learn more.


Gardening Q and A with MOFGA

June 11, 2020 – Thursday, 7 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. We will also stream this Q & A on Facebook Live. REGISTRATION

June 18, 2020 – Thursday, 3 p.m.  REGISTRATION


Kids Gardening Club

Inaugural Meet Up! (via Zoom)

June 16, 2020 – Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Online. FREE. Do you know a kid who is growing their own garden, or a row in their family’s garden? If so, please encourage them to come to the first meeting of MOFGA's Kids Gardening Club! We're meeting online so you can join us from wherever you live in Maine, or beyond! Kids (approximately aged 6-10) can log onto Zoom with parental support to connect with other enthusiastic young gardeners from around our state. Facilitated by MOFGA staff, this meeting will include a story about growing food in Maine (from much-loved Maine children’s author Dahlov Ipcar), a garden sharing circle (please bring something for show-and-tell) and a garden-related craft that you can follow along & do at home. Kids are welcome to bring questions about their gardens, too – maybe other kids or MOFGA staff will be able to help! Contact [email protected] with questions. You will be emailed a link to connect you to the meeting when you register. The day before the meeting you'll receive some activity sheets via email and a special MOFGA Junior Gardener badge! Register here


Gardening Q and A with MOFGA

June 18, 2020 – Thursday, 3 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. We will also stream this Q & A on Facebook Live. REGISTRATION


July in the Garden

Beginning Gardener Series

June 24, 2020 –  Wednesday, 5 p.m., Online. FREE. July is a wonderful time in the garden: the first peas and new potatoes will soon be ready, tomato plants are sizing up, and everything is green and vibrant. Join MOFGA's Agricultural Specialist for Southern Maine, Dave Colson, to check in about how things are going and learn about what to focus on in the garden at this time of year. As always: carefully observing what's happening in your garden is the first step! Early July is the latest you can plant many fall crops – we'll discuss what to plant and how. Other seasonal tasks like pruning and trellising will be discussed too. Contact [email protected] with questions. You will be emailed a link to follow to join the meeting upon registering. Register here.


2020 Poultry Processing Workshop

POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2020 – 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


Farming and Marketing Cooperatively

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 5 p.m. at New Roots Cooperative Farm, 954 College Rd, Lewiston. Come see  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. Potluck to follow.


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


Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Grace Pond Farm, Thomaston. 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 meet Rhiannon and Gregg of Grace Pond Farm who raise cows,  distribute milk, and grow turkeys. Rhiannon will also discuss agricultural policy and her work with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Potluck to follow.


Farming and Climate Change

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 5 p.m. Bumbleroot Organic Farm, Windham. Join us for a field walk at Bumbleroot Organic Farm where we’ll discuss how their farm operations and growing practices are helping them preparing for and adapt to climate change. With cover crops, no-till trial plots and reduced tillage practices, Bumbleroot is working to be climate resilient and mitigate the effects of climate change through exploring best practices in building soil and sequestering carbon on a 7-acre mixed veggies and flower operation.


Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. Seven Tree Farm, Vassalboro. Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 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. Potluck to follow.


Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 5 p.m. at Apple Creek Farm, Bowdoinham. 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, Field Agent for Land For Good and farmer of Apple Creek Farm, 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. Potluck to follow.


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


Hemp Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 5 p.m., One Drop Farm, Cornville. Come see the Mefferds' no-till hemp plot that they raise for CBD. As the hemp industry booms in Maine, soil and plant health will be discussed along with regulations, to ensure farmers are sustainably producing this crop. Potluck to follow.


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.


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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