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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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Farmer to Farmer Conference 2020

November 2, 4 and 6, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Registration will go live September 21
$50 early bird registration (by Oct. 1)
$60 per person
Sliding scale option: choose to pay $20, $30, $40, $70 or $80

We have lots of scholarships available, go here to apply by October 15!

Our Farmer to Farmer Conference brings farmers together and invites agricultural service providers to learn from speakers and each other in a conference that is built around learning from the knowledge present in the room. This year we will go virtual bringing together presentations, panels and breakout groups mixed with farmer-led discussion groups and 1-on-1 video chatting opportunities.

General Information about the Conference

MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics and amazing discussions. The conference offerings are based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. Conference speakers include prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators and other agricultural professionals. Our unique workshop session format is dedicated to presenting talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and then opening up to farmer discussion to capitalize on the knowledge of all in attendance.

New This Year!

This year we will be hosting a short video contest (1-2 minutes) based on a few prompts we will be sharing out soon. There will be the opportunity to rate the videos from fellow farmers and win some neat prizes!


Resilient Agriculture author Laura Lengnick. Glynwood Farm photo
Laura Lengnick
 

2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Laura Lengnick
Climate Change, Resilience, and the Future of Food
Monday Evening, Nov. 2

Climate change is upon us and agriculture is inextricably involved. The evidence is clear: the way that we eat is fueling a climate crisis that threatens our way of life. The good news is that we don’t need any more research or any new technologies to put us on the path to a resilient food future. It turns out that sustainable and organic farmers, and the people that support them, have been hard at work over the last 50 years innovating a resilient agriculture.

Farming practices that regenerate soil health, increase agroecosystem diversity and promote regional well-being are the same ones that cultivate farm and food system resilience while also slowing climate change. These kinds of practices cultivate the ability of agroecosystems to respond, to recover swiftly, and to make the kinds of changes needed to sustain farmers and the communities that they serve in the face of disruptions of all kinds.

Laura Lengnick, scientist, author, educator and farmer, explores climate change, resilience and the future of food through the adaptation stories of some of America’s best sustainable and organic farmers and ranchers to share a message of hope in these uncertain times.

About the speaker: Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 25 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, author, consultant and farmer. She is founder and principal consultant at Cultivating Resilience, LLC, an Asheville-based firm that works with organizations of all kinds to integrate resilience thinking into operations and strategic planning. Her 2015 book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, examines climate change, resilience and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 27 leading sustainable farmers and ranchers located across the U.S. Laura contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the U.S. Department of Agriculture report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation and is the author of the SARE Bulletin Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches. She is currently writing the 2nd edition of Resilient Agriculture, scheduled for publication in April 2021, and a new book, Opportunity in Change: Resilience Thinking for Small Business. Laura holds a faculty position in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University, is the lead Resilience Partner for Foragable Community, and is a member of the Planetary Health Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her innovative research in soil health and sustainable farming systems was nationally recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2002.


 

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