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Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Events

Community Author: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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January 9 – MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center. MOFGA offers free presentations and discussions, open to the public, on sustainable agriculture. Schedule here. No pre-registration required. MOFGA also has an information exhibit all three days of the show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about our ongoing programs. MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the association’s annual meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 9.
January 9-11 – Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, AugustaDetails

January 11 – 10th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, Augusta Civic Center. Register at http://www.mainefarmersmarkets.org/convention-2018/

January 13 – 2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference. Saturday, Sheehan Hall, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, Mass. 01602. Take food production beyond sustainability to regenerative practices. Growers of all levels and land sizes gather at this year’s NOFA/Mass Winter Conference to embark on regenerative practices that produce robust nutritious food, rebuild soils, keep healthier animals and create healthier humans! Details and registration online or contact Marjorie Bailey, 774-745-0364marjorie@nofamass.org

January 14-18 – National Farmers Union’s 2018 Women’s Conference: “Women in Leadership.”Catamaran Resort and Spa, San Diego, Calif. Will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much more. Registration: https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/. Information: Sophie Neems at nfu4@nfudc.org.
 January 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 – Charcuterie with Andy Smith. 4 sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Smith’s Smokehouse, Monroe, Maine. Join Andy Smith of Smith’s Smokehouse and delve into the basics of charcuterie through a series of four workshops. Learn how to create your own charcuterie goods, and potential business, and then dig deep into a variety of curing processes including bacon, bresaola, beef jerky and more! Don’t forget to register for this course, we only have 10 spots available. The complete series is $350 for MOFGA members and $400 for non-members. Each course will take place at Smith’s Smokehouse; bring your own lunch. If you have any questions, email Anna Mueller at events@mofga.orgDetails and registration.
January 22-23 – Flowering in the North, East Bayside Neighborhood, Portland. Share information with expert flower farmers, researchers and industry partners. Registration is currently sold out. FMI visit www.extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/flowering-in-the-north-conference/
February 9 – Maine Farm to Institution Summit. (Snow date: Feb. 127:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, Maine. Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) and the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) and their many partners are pleased to announce the first Maine Farm to Institution Summit. MOFGA is a sponsor. Registration fee: $20-$40. Information: https://www.mainefarmtoinstitution.org/about-the-summit/
February 11 – Beginning Beekeeping with David Smith, Sparky’s Apiaries, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Details
February 25 – Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 30 Federal Street, Brunswick, MaineInformation and registration. Apply for a scholarship here.
March 3 – MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Greenhouse Management, Common Ground Education Center, UnityMarch 10 – MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality yield. For beginners and experienced growers.March 17 – Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees. Locations TBD. Do you have old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and tend your heritage trees.March 25 – Seed Swap and Scion Exchange, MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Gardeners and orchardists are invited to participate in educational workshops and to bring their seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Free!
April 4 – Grow Your Own Organic Garden.6 to 9 p.m. at locations throughout Maine. An evening course to provide gardeners with skills and knowledge needed to transition from conventional to organic gardening.

More events are posted on MOFGA’s online Calendar.