Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Gather & Grow Tours Are Online This Year

August 24, 2020

Each summer, we look forward to exploring some of Maine's gardens and homesteads with you through our series of Gather & Grow tours. We are pleased to be able to bring you these tours again this year, through a series of webinars. We hope you join us to explore and learn from the comfort of your own home. Find out more (and register) here: https://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/Gather-Grow

As always, we have many other events taking place as well, including our next Gardening Q&A. You can find the full list of upcoming events here.

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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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Planning Your Backyard Orchard

Fall Gardening Webinar Series

October 7, 2020 – Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., online. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional. Co-hosted by MOFGA and UMaine Cooperative Extension. Are you thinking of planting some fruit trees next spring? If so, now is the best time to start planning! Join us for the first webinar in our Fall Gardening Webinar Series, hosted in partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Join MOFGA's Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine, C.J. Walke, to learn about choosing locations for different types of fruit trees; considerations when deciding on rootstocks and tree size; choosing varieties and sourcing trees; preparing your ground; best practices when planting; and how to care for young trees. REGISTRATION through UMaine Cooperative Extension.

The Fair's Exhibition Hall Has Gone Digital

August 24, 2020

The Exhibition Hall is a beloved hub of the Common Ground Country Fair. For gardeners, growers, seed savers and eaters, the hall provides delight in this year's harvest and inspiration for the coming season. To continue this proud tradition for the 2020 alternative Common Ground Country Fair, we will accept submissions to our digital Exhibition Hall. Find Exhibition Hall rules and information here, but please note that entry categories this year are limited to vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, fresh herbs and houseplants.

When submitting entries, please follow the usual rules and suggestions in the above link regarding presentation (criteria, number of specimens and condition). Please submit one clear photograph per entry taken either on a white background (paper plate, bowl, sheet of white paper) or, for 2020 only, taken in the field (e.g., a bunch of cherry tomatoes on the vine, flower on the stem, head of lettuce growing in the row or radishes pulled and laid in the bed). If you have an item for which you want to show scale, you may place something comparative in the photo – we'd love to see that dinnerplate dahlia, giant elephant head amaranth or giant pumpkin with you or a family member standing beside it.

You may submit photographs using this form.

We will accept submissions until September 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.

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August, Ancient Apple Trees, and More

August 24, 2020

In John Bunker's beautiful essay about ancient apple trees in this summer's MOF&G, he writes "Would that we all could enjoy traveling less, enjoying our yards and our neighbors more, tending our gardens, eating local and expressing grace in everything we do." August in Maine makes it easy to enjoy all the things John listed. Our gardens and kitchen counters are overflowing with fresh produce from our gardens, our neighbors, and our local farms. The warm, sunny days help ripen our tomatoes, and the cool, bug free evenings make it more comfortable to be out pulling weeds (or just enjoying an evening cup of tea by the edge of the garden). When you next take a break from this busy season, read on for some helpful resources and upcoming ways to celebrate gardening with MOFGA through online events and the Common Ground Country Fair's digital Exhibition Hall.

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Organic Lawn Care & Yardscaping

July 2, 2020

Many of our community members want to extend the organic practices they use on their farms and in their gardens to their backyards and lawns.  We have some resources to help along the way!

Fact Sheet on Organic Lawn Care

Organic Landscaping Webinar on YouTube

Organic Landscaping Webinar Part 2

How to Use Autumn Leaves to Improve Your Soil

Grow a Native Plant Corridor to Support Pollinators

Ten Reasons to Love Dandelions

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Sharing Resources with One Another

June 24, 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.

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

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Collaborating with Waldo County Bounty

June 24, 2020

Many Waldo County organizations (MOFGA included) and individuals have been meeting in recent weeks and months to collaborate on a campaign to improve food security in Waldo County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured here, MOFGA's landscape coordinator, Jack Kertesz, helped raise and tend to about 2,000 seedlings that were distributed to local food pantries. Thanks to Johnny's Selected Seeds, Songbird Farm, New Beat Farm, Buckle Farm, Timberframe Farm, South Paw Farm, and Troy Howard and Mt. View School greenhouses for their donations of seedlings to this cause. Learn more about this campaign at Waldo County Bounty's website.

 

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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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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.

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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.

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