Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

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

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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

Grow Your Own Organic Garden 2020 Resources

Grow Your Own Organic Garden has been part of MOFGA’s annual event line up since 1990, when we began this statewide class on growing organically in your own backyard. We’ll miss seeing our students in person this year, but are now bringing you these resources in a digital format. Here is a webinar recording of the class posted on our YouTube channel that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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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.

Learning More About Soil

May 31, 2020

We've heard many questions about soil health this spring and wanted to share a couple of resources that may help you. We have a great fact sheet filled with information about soil structure and organic matter here. Those gardening in a new spot or gardening for the first time might find this video helpful in determining your soil texture by feel.

Sharing Resources with One Another

May 31, 2020

After this year's virtual Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, we wanted to make more space for all of you to share and trade resources for your gardens this year.  You can use these links to post about what you need or what you can offer. The goal is to enable people across Maine to share easily what they can and to help make everyone's gardens and homesteads more successful.

Fill out information about what you are seeking or offering here.

Browse offers by county here.

Browse requests by county here.

Sharing Land for Our Gardens

May 31, 2020

If you have extra land for gardening available to share or are looking for a space to garden this year, then you might be interested in the Maine Land Share Project, which is making connections this spring to match aspiring gardeners with shared land and resources for community food security in response to Covid-19.

And Away We Grow!

May 31, 2020

Happy gardening season! We hope you've been enjoying the sunny days and time in your gardens. Now that the warm weather has us busy with planting, watering and fixing up our garden beds, our May snowstorm and Memorial Day weekend frosts already feel far away. If May's temperature swings had you wondering whether spring is early or late this year, you might enjoy exploring the maps available at the USA National Phenology Network.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

A Monthly Webinar Series

This summer MOFGA is hosting a series of monthly webinars as part of our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners series, as well as informal Gardening Q&As and more. You can keep up to date with upcoming virtual events here.

You can also find recordings of many of our webinars and other great videos, including our new Around the Grounds series, on our YouTube channel.

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Where to Buy MOFGA Certified Organic Seedlings

Are you looking for MOFGA certified organic seedlings in your area?

Map showing sources of MOFGA Certified Organic seedlings
 

May 31, 2020

The warmer weather means it's time in parts of Maine to add crops such as tomatoes and peppers to the garden, and many local farms have seedlings available to get you off to a good start. Check their farm stands, seedling sales, booths at farmers' markets, or websites to see what is available. Here is a map of MOFGA-certified organic farms where seedlings are available. 

Please note: It is important to check the farms’/retail locations’ websites or social media feeds or call to verify that they are allowing public access to the farm/store. Unless farmstand/store hours are clear to you, please do not visit farms unannounced.

For resources on growing your own organic garden at home, please visit the Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes webpage. This page contains MOFGA’s fact sheet links and other helpful information to help you get started with your garden.

Happy gardening!

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2020 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

Though we are missing the chance to swap and learn and celebrate the season with all of you in person this year, we are glad to be able to share some of the spirit of the Seed Swap & Scion Exchange with you through webinars, lists of helpful resources and links, and the sharing of scionwood.

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Resources to Support Our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and our food system

April 2020

• Protect bees from pesticides by limiting or eliminating pesticide use in your garden
• Provide bees with a sustained food source in your garden by planting a bee-friendly variety of plants that bloom at successive times throughout the season
• Create bee habitat by providing nesting areas for bees
• Buy local and organic food to support farmers and producers who use bee-friendly practices
Support MOFGA and all the work we do at the state and national level to legislate for change and increase the number of organic farms!

Please sign our petition to protect pollinators by banning neonicotinoid pesticide use in Maine.

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