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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a revival of Small Farm Field Day, is a free, volunteer-driven event offering a wide variety of hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Join us on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Bring your family and friends!

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On a bleak late-March Sunday morning,  MOFGA Executive Director Ted Quaday counted more than 250 folks who braved the torrents of spring to attend the 15th Annual Seed Swap and 32nd Annual Scion Exchange, that event on the MOFGA calendar that promotes graft (but not corruption).

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Dedicated volunteers will host Farm and Homestead Day at MOFGA. The 2013 event will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The emphasis is on teaching rural living skills through a variety of hands-on activities.

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2012 Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGAThe day started out cloudy but became beautiful for more than 30 workshops covering eight subject tracks, including chickens, from incubating and brooding through pasturing, slaughtering, butchering and cooking. Other workshops covered working with herbs, tree ID, and wild foraging. Hands-on skills-building workshops included assembling a beehive, building bird nesting boxes, building a goat milking stand and making split shakes out of pine.

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Scything at MOFGA's Farm & Homestead DaySkills for rural living are the focus of Farm & Homestead Day on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can learn by doing: Pick up a hammer, a scythe, a shovel, a drop spindle. This event is free, although donations are greatly appreciated.

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So many people have said they miss Small Farm Field Day (SFFD) that a movement is underway to bring back this popular event. Planned for late this spring, SFFD will teach rural living skills through a variety of hands-on activities.

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The Belfast Co-op, Belfast Free Library and MOFGA are co-sponsoring free workshops on organic food production for all levels of interest, taught by C.J. Walke.

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Cultivating crops in hoophouses enables growers to control the environment. Having that control is one thing; knowing what to do with it is another. This year’s Spring Growth Conference will focus on managing the environment around hoophouse crops – the temperature, water, nutrients, humidity, light, ventilation, etc.

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A stellar group of experts in soil fertility will share their knowledge at MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, its in-depth treatment of topics, and its highly informative discussions. It is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners.

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Fall is the time to celebrate all things apple, and the Great Maine Apple Day, cosponsored by Fedco Trees, MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is the place to celebrate.

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On Saturday, April 18, 2009, MOFGA will host its annual Earth Day Volunteer Work Day at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

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The Maine Tree Crop Alliance, the Maine Seed Saving Network, Fedco and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host the 10th annual combined Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

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Commercial and home-scale grain growers can learn about grain varieties, soil fertility requirements, harvesting and storing grains, saving their seed and cooking with whole grains at MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference.

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The Buildings and Grounds staff, with help from professional painter Mark Little of Palermo, is keeping a list of people who could paint and stain MOFGA’s main building on some nice Saturday this spring.

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In the spring of 1983, a small but enthusiastic group met for the
afternoon at the Forest Entomology Lab in Augusta to share scionwood, cuttings, seeds and conversation about trees. The group called itself The Maine Tree Crop Alliance. The day was a big hit and the event was repeated the following year, again in Augusta.

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MOFGA will sponsor a day of lectures and discussions on Energy, Climate, and Maine Agriculture at its annual Spring Growth Conference on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine.

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Sustainable agriculture doesn’t end at harvest; efficient use of every crop component is important. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to get the most and the best from an organic, pasture-raised pig, from slaughter to sausage.

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MOFGA, in association with Maine Fare, will present its 4th Annual “Tastings” dinner on Friday, September 14, 2007, at 6 p.m. at the Waterfalls Conference Center in the Knox Mill complex in Camden.

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Travis CollinsArborist Travis Collins inspected trees at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center during an Earth Day volunteer work day. Collins prepared a list of prioritized tree care jobs that MOFGA staff and volunteers can tend to over time.

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For more than a decade, MOFGA’s Executive Director, Russell Libby, has been encouraging Mainers to set aside at least $10 a week for Maine-grown foods. If we could start there, Maine’s agricultural economy would get a boost of roughly $100 million.

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Come to MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity on Sunday, July 30, 2006, for an all-day event featuring talks and workshops by local and regional experts focusing on practical aspects of small-scale agriculture and homesteading.

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Visit Maine farms, learn something new, meet like-minded folks and discover the diversity of Maine agriculture. Help keep alive the strong tradition of free and mutual exchange of ideas that makes the Maine organic farming community so vibrant, close-knit and innovative. These are the purposes of MOFGA’s Farm Training Project workshops that take place on Maine farms from mid-June through the end of August.

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For gardeners and orchardists, it’s like the best yard sale ever! On Saturday, March 25, from 12 to 4:30, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, the Maine Seed Saving Network, Fedco and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host the seventh annual combined Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange at MOFGA’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall in Unity.

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MOFGA will present a day long workshop focusing on holistic livestock health care. Our speakers have long experience with organic animal care. While their first interest is dairy cattle, much of the information presented will apply to all species. The methods will include herbs, homeopathy, biologics and management techniques.

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MOFGA will participate in Environmental Health Lobby Day on March 15th, 2006, at the State Capitol. This is an annual event of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, of which MOFGA is an active member. The focus of the day will be protecting children from unnecessary dangerous chemicals and heavy metals.

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A day-long engagement with the future of our food system featuring big thinkers from around the world and right here in Maine. In the future, will we eat any food from anywhere in the world at any time? Or might we, together, build an alternative that is so deeply rooted in our farms and communities that it becomes the preferred choice?

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What could be better than taking a dinner and movie break from the holiday rush? Here’s what could be better: having a portion of the proceeds from that movie and dinner (or other meal) benefit MOFGA.

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Spring Growth displayOn March 28, MOFGA’s Spring Growth conference in Unity was dedicated to an all-day Farmers’ Market Workshop running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As I traveled to the conference, I was hoping for a decent turnout, and I was not disappointed. The Exhibition Hall was half filled with around 90 participants, many of whom had between 5 and 25 years of experience at farmers’ markets.

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• "Know Your Farmer" Summer 2001 Events
• The Fore Street Dinner

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MOFGA will host a short course entitled "Basics of Farm Management & Marketing" at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

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Farmers – Don’t miss the 12th annual Farmer to Farmer Conference. It’s a learning experience, an inspiration, and a vacation all packed into two and a half days. This year the Friday Farm Tour (November 2) will take us to two farms in Aroostook County.

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Have you ever wondered just what it takes to have a small farm? What does a farmer do all day? Small Farm Field Day on Sunday, August 12, at MOFGA’s Common Ground in Unity, is the place to learn a little more about family farming. Small Farm Field Day is about farmers doing and explaining what they do on their farms every day.

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On Saturday, June 23, 2001, at MOFGA’s Unite site, MOFGA will usher in the Summer Solstice with the RockKnockers’ Picnic and StoneCutters’ Ball. The Ball is sponsored by the Maine Stone Workers’ Guild, and the Summer King Solstice Ritual will be hosted by Immanent Grove.

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November 2, 2001, is the day to go to the County and tour two MOFGA-certified organic farms, WoodPrairie Farm in Bridgewater and Wholesome Valley Farm in Oakfield.

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A day of lectures and hands-on workshops, sales of garden supplies and garden-themed crafts, music and great food at MOFGA’s Common Ground – will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2001, from 9:30 to 4:30. This is a great family event – kids, with a parent, are welcome at everything.

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MOFGA’s Spring Growth conference for 2000, on March 18 in Unity, will focus on “The Underground Farm.” We are pleased to have Dr. Elaine Ingham of Oregon, who has done extensive work on ‘The Soil Foodweb,’ as our keynote speaker.

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The Common Ground Spring Thing is a theme-centered event. The theme is plants and gardens in particular and the green world in general. It was created and sponsored by the MOFGA Common Ground Landscape Committee to accomplish several goals.

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• Old Stage Farm & MOFGA Earn Palette Award at 1999 Portland Flower Show
• Low Impact Forestry Weekend Planned
• Farmer to Farmer Conference Scheduled for November

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• Portland Flower Show – One Organic Garden, by MOFGA and Old Stage Farm
• Coming Soon – MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference Returns
• Scionwood Exchange Moves to MOFGA Education Center
• 1st Annual Common Ground Spring Thing

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MOFGA will host the 9th annual Farmer to Farmer Conference on November 6, 7 & 8 at Atlantic Oakes-by-the-Sea in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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