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mofga seeks new executive director!

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) -fiscal sponsor of the Greenhorns - has launched a search for its next Executive Director. MOFGA's Board of Directors seeks a dynamic leader and proven manager who shares the organization's passion for organic agriculture, local food production, a healthy environment, and thriving Maine communities. Background and Overview […]

Posted: March 3 2018
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mofga charcuterie workshop

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, there […]

Posted: December 15 2017
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apply to work with mofga!

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) are hiring! They have just announced two  new exciting full time positions, Director of Development and Community Engagement Coordinator. Both roles will remain open until MOFGA find the best candidate possible for the position, however the first review of candidates for the position will begin on September 6th […]

Posted: July 23 2017
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thank you uncle sam!

USDA Awards Millions to Support New Farmers The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on October 8th, 2015 awards totaling $17 million through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). BFRDP is the only USDA program exclusively dedicated to training new farmers and ranchers, particularly in sustainable production practices. This year, 34 organizations received BFRDP […]

Posted: October 29 2015
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apply for the mofga journeyperson program today! deadline sept 21st

Are you a new farmer serious about pursuing a farming career in Maine?  Could your farm business benefit from 2 years of free hands-on training, technical support and mentorship from some of Maine’s best organic farmers and experts? If so, submit an application to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Journeyperson Program! Over the […]

Posted: September 16 2015
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MOFGA's farmer to farmer conference

Every year farmers and other agricultural experts from Maine and beyond gather at MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference to share their expertise about organic cultivation and marketing. This year the conference takes place fromNovember 1 to 3 at Point Lookout in Northport. It includes tours of the draft-powered North Branch Farm in Monroe and Bahner […]

Posted: October 7 2014
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upcoming mofga events

Avena Botanicals Tuesday, July 29 5pm 219 Mill St Rockport Join herbalist and biodynamic herb gardener Deb Soule for an informative walk through Avena Botanicals' medicinal herb gardens. Deb and a crew of three gardeners collect over 1800 pounds of medicinal herbs by hand each year from 2 1/2 acres. These herbs are then immediately processed […]

Posted: July 27 2014
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maine's mofga receives $1 million for farmer training

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, A farming organization with a strong grassroots history, announced Wednesday that it received a gift of $1 million to help support and train new farmers, the largest financial donation in its history. Officials from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said that they were thrilled with the […]

Posted: July 25 2014
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put your hoe down

Posted: July 15 2014
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square dance party!

Posted: June 30 2014
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MOFGA's farm & homestead day

So many people asked, "Whatever happened to Small Farm Field Day?" that a group of dedicated volunteers decided to resurrect the event as Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. The emphasis is on teaching rural living skills through a variety of hands-on activities. The event will be held this year on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. […]

Posted: May 14 2014
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maine's young farmer alliance

Gathering of Maine’s Young Farmers Alliance! The next gathering will be held at Grassland Farm in Skowhegan on Saturday May 10th at 5pm. After a round of introductions there will be a farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool email David Gulak, [email protected] Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, […]

Posted: May 5 2014
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mofga: grow your own organic garden workshops

Locations across Maine April 2, 2014: 6-9 pm Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term “certified organic” means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join MOFGA for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden, where the basics of soil […]

Posted: February 21 2014
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MOFGA farmer-in-residence opportunity

This is an incredible opportunity, greenhorns.  Apply! MOFGA's Farmer-in-Residence (F.I.R.) Program offers aspiring farmers committed to organic agriculture and public outreach the opportunity to live and farm at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. Farmers-in-Residence participate in MOFGA's Journeyperson Program, which gives new and aspiring organic farmers access to the land, resources, and support they […]

Posted: October 12 2013
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conflict negotiation

Farmers and Landowners: Learn to Negotiate and Manage Conflict Are you a farmer trying to lease land? A landlord renting to a tenant? A food producer seeking entry into an existing wholesale or restaurant market? Whether transacting a lease, a sales agreement or a worker contract, farmers and landowners benefit from good negotiating skills – […]

Posted: October 2 2013
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seeking volunteer tabler posse

for this year's Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine.  This is an important event for Greenhorns and we need a few dedicated volunteers to help represent us. Volunteers will help us run the booth, answer questions about Greenhorns, network with other organizations and enjoy the one of the best organic farming gatherings in the […]

Posted: July 29 2013
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late summer/fall apprenticeships

If you've been reading our blog all summer and dreaming of getting  your hands in the soil, consider applying to MOFGA's apprenticeship program. NOW is a great time to apprentice on a farm in Maine. Many of the farms participating in MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program are looking for fun, hard-working and energetic crew members for the […]

Posted: July 24 2013
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john bunker homestead tour - tonight

Another great offering from MOFGA, as part of their Farm Training Project workshop series. Tuesday, July 16 at 5pm Super Chilly Farm, Palermo Anyone who’s perused the Fedco Trees catalog has gotten a glimpse of John Bunker’s encyclopedic knowledge of and unbridled enthusiasm for the diversity of Maine’s agricultural flora. John, along with his partner […]

Posted: July 16 2013
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ecological pest control

This week's Farm Training Project event from MOFGA.  Always a good model for other organizations/educational initiatives. Ecological Pest Control Wednesday, June 26, 5pm at Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren Thursday, June 27, 5pm at Black Kettle Farm, Lyman Effective ecological pest control starts with a farm system design based on the fundamental principles of diversity and […]

Posted: June 26 2013
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marketing basics from mofga

We'll continue to post MOFGA's weekly Farm Training Project Workshops because it's such a terrific model. If you're anywhere in the area, check them out!  This week: Selling what you Grow: Marketing Basics Wednesday, June 12, 5pm at Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle Thursday, June 13, 5pm at King Hill Farm, Penobscot Small farmers need to […]

Posted: June 10 2013
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low impact forestry

MOFGA's Low-Impact Forestry Workshop  Low-Impact Forestry Level II -- Logging with Draft Animals Bethel, Maine -- July 26-28, 2013 Join MOFGA’s Low-Impact Forestry Project in Bethel, Maine, for a weekend intensive focusing on the practices and principles of managing a woodlot with draft horses.

Posted: June 3 2013
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MOFGA's farm training project

For all of the apprentices in their system and other aspiring farmers.  Such a great model.  Here's what they're up to this week: Greenhouse Management. Wednesday, May 29, 5pm at Peacemeal Farm, Dixmont Thursday, May 30, 5pm at Broadturn Farm, Scarborough The greenhouse is a key part of any organic farm. As “the place where […]

Posted: May 29 2013
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farm & homestead day at MOFGA June 15

A Hands-on Skill Sharing Event, Saturday, June 15, 2013 MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center Unity, ME, 9 am - 3 pm - Gates will open at 8:30 am Event is FREE Learn to weave, spin and felt; how to raise alpacas, rabbits, chickens and other livestock; how to harness a draft horse or make tinctures […]

Posted: May 16 2013
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apprenticeship in maine

Every year the apprenticeship program of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) serves up to 200 potential farmers, with or without previous farming experience. MOFGA pairs these future growers with experienced organic farmers who are willing to share their knowledge and skills. Typically an apprentice works on a farm in exchange for room, […]

Posted: April 7 2013
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MOFGA farmer in residence - call for applications

An exceptional opportunity to farm for two years with MOFGA - one of the top organic farming organizations in the country and a major greenhorns ally. MOFGA's Farmer-in-Residence (F.I.R.) Program offers aspiring farmers committed to organic agriculture and public outreach the opportunity to live and farm at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. […]

Posted: June 15 2011