Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Farm Training Project Workshops

MOFGA Events \ Farm Training Project Workshops

Weekly events, May through September

Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA’s Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day.

All Farm Training Project events are online for 2020 due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-4142, email [email protected] or check this webpage.


Organic Farming Principles and Practices – Crop Production

May 13, 2020 – Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. on ZOOM. Crop specialist, Caleb Goossen from MOFGA’s Farmer Programs department and Alex Ethier, MOFGA’s farmer-in-residence of Killdeer Croft Farm, led an introductory course in organic crop farming. Caleb covered theory and best practices for organic management of soils and crops, followed by a virtual tour of Killdeer Croft Farm to discuss farm plantings with Alex and Caleb. View the webinar recording here.

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COVID-19 and Farm Work Safety on Zoom

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 5 p.m. with Villageside Farm on ZOOM. Join us electronically for a webinar on farm safety during the time of COVID-19. Villageside Farm will present safe operating procedures they have implemented on their vegetable farm to support their crew of workers as well as communication skills during this stressful time. There will be time for Q and A about best practices as well.

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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.

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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.

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Soil Health and Intensified Vegetable Growing

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 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. View recordings of this webinar on YouTube:
PART 1
– farm tour video
PART 2 – workshop with images and audio

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Land Justice and Rematriation

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – 5 p.m., with Alivia Moore from Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective. Learn about Wabanaki food system rematriation efforts and explore an Indigenous perspective on land justice with Alivia Moore, co-founder of Eastern Woodlands Rematriation. Reparation strategies of land return, cultivation/harvest agreements, and cultural use agreements will be discussed.

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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. View the webinar on YouTube

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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.

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Seed Saving and Indigenous Seed Sovereignty

MOFGA Farm Training Project

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Zoom. This workshop will cover the principles and practices of organic seed production within the contemporary context of seed sovereignty, ethical seed stewardship and regional crop adaptation. Presenters include Rachet Sayet (Mohegan), seed saver, herbalist, chef and scholar of indigenous foodways, and Daniel MacPhee, commercial organic seed farmer at Blackbird Rise in Palermo, Maine. 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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Climate Change and Farming

MOFGA Farm Training Project

September 16, Wednesday, 5 p.m. on Zoom, Bumbleroot Organic Farm. Join us for a discussion about what climate impacts Maine farmers are experiencing and how they are adapting in their growing techniques. Melissa Law, one of the farmers at Bumbleroot Organic Farm, will discuss farming practices for climate resiliency and how to engage in climate activism. She serves on the Maine Climate Council which helps develop strategy and policy for farmers navigate climate change. Break out rooms will be used to discuss what challenges you are facing on your farm.

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