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posted May 6, 2013

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Events in Maine and Beyond – Mark Your Calendar!

MOFGA’s Chainsaw Safety, Level I
May 4, Cambridge, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 19, Bethel, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come join us May 4th in Cambridge, Maine, or May 19th in Bethel, Maine. This one-day course covers all the fundamentals of safe and effective chainsaw operation. Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager, or plan to use a chainsaw occasionally this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, and without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

May 17 to 19 – Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds. www.northeastlivestockexpo.com/

May 19 – FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. Presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. $20.00 per farm. Register online or download the registration form (PDF) and mail it in with a check for $20.00 made payable to “University of Maine Cooperative Extension” at least one week in advance of the workshop to: FAMACHA Workshop/UMaine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. Website.

May 28 – Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Goranson Farm, Dresden. View the farm’s reduced tillage techniques and learn how to improve your soil health. RSVP to Katy Green: kgreen@mofga.org.

Weekly beginning in June – MOFGA’s Farm Training Projects at locations around Maine. Workshops enable MOFGA apprentices and other young, beginning and aspiring farmers to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network. Free.

June 1 to 2 – Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor. www.fiberfrolic.com/

June 8 – NOFA-New Hampshire Spring Herb & Garden Day. Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, McLane Audubon Center, Concord, N.H. 12 workshops including herbal product making, brewing herbal beer, organic heirloom gardening, permaculture for beginners, marketing, an All-Day Herbal Intensive, foraging walks and more! Registration.

Farm & Homestead Day – June 15
Come! Learn! Volunteer!
Bring the Family!
It’s Free – and Valuable!

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 and interactive sessions on useful skills for new and old homesteaders and farmers. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, 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!

2013 Poultry Processing Workshop

Wednesday, June 19, 9 am to 12 noon
MOFGA’s Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
$30 – Limit: 20 participants
Register at MOFGA’s Online Country Store
Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We’ll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird. Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office – (207) 568-4142; mofga@mofga.org.

July 25 and 26 – 2013 Kneading Conference and 5th Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan, Maine. 30 workshops, talks, and panel discussions for everyone interested in local grains, craft breads, wood-fired ovens, and restoring regional grain networks. $300 includes (delicious!) meals. Information.

Low Impact Forestry Level II, Draft Animal Logging
July 26-28, Bethel, Me.

This 3-day workshop builds on the skills that students developed in the Level I Draft Power Logging Workshop. Students are expected to have completed LIF’s Level I course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

The Maine School Garden Network announces The 3rd Annual School Garden Open House
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Plan now for an Open House event at your school garden, in conjunction with Maine Harvest Lunch week. For more info, visit www.msgn.org or email Kat Coriell info@msgn.org. If you’re a farmer and would like to support your local school garden, check out the Garden Directory on our website for one near you.

Many other events are posted on MOFGA’s on-line Calendar.