Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Farm Training Project Workshops

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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.

Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper – bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public.

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.


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. Please register for this event here.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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