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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Modern Dairy and Agricultural Policy

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – 5 p.m. 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 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. 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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Starting Up! Accessing Resources As a Beginning Farmer

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. 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, Maine field agent for Land For Good and farmer of Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham 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. Please register for this conversation here.

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Carbon Conversation: The Forest's Role in Storing and Sequestering Carbon

October 4, 2020 – Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Law Farm, 20 Lee Cemetery Road, Dover Foxcroft. Free, but pre-registration required. This workshop, co-sponsored by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, will explore carbon sequestration and how it occurs in our forests. We'll tour the Law Farm woodlot, learn about how carbon is measured, and discuss forestry practices from a carbon perspective. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of management strategies they can use to hold and increase carbon stocks in their woodlots. 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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