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 are only 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.
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 for the Director of Development, and August 14th for community engagement coordinator position. So if interested in either post, be sure to get your application in before the relevant date!
To find out more information about these roles or to how to apply, click HERE
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 grants for projects supporting beginning farmers in 25 states. In total, about $10.7 million in grant funding will support 22 projects spearheaded by community-based and non-profit organizations, while $6 million will go towards 12 beginning farmer programs housed within public universities or cooperative extension. Here are the winners!
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 past 15 years, MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program has supported over 250 new farmers to successfully bridge the transition from apprentice/farm worker to independent farmer. While most new farms fail in the first 5 years of operation, 93% of MOFGA JPs are still farming today. Boost your odds and apply today!
The next deadline is right around the corner: Monday, September 21!
MOFGA offers each Journeyperson a 2-year package of support, including:
$500 annual educational stipend
Pairing with a paid farmer-mentor of your choice
Free access to more than 50 educational workshops, trainings, and conferences
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 Farm’s mixed vegetable operation in Belmont.
Dan Brisebois will deliver the keynote address, “Integrating Seed Production into a Market Garden.” Brisebois farms at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm in Quebec and co-authored “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.”
The core of the conference – two full days of educational workshops – maximizes peer-to-peer information sharing. More than 30 workshops are scheduled on topics ranging from farming with draft animals to learning the pros and cons of value-added food processing. (more…)
Avena Botanicals Tuesday, July 29 5pm219 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 on-site into a variety of tinctures, teas, oils and salves. Avena is the first Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Maine and Deb will include an introduction to biodynamics as part of this tour. (more…)
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 gift from the New York City-based Partridge Foundation, which also pledged an additional $1 million to MOFGA if the Maine group can raise a matching amount over the next 18 months. All the monies are to be used for MOFGA’s new farmer programming.
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. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.
Workshops will include tool sharpening, raising meat rabbits, leather working, all things scythe and many more. The fiber area will have spinning, weaving, carding, felting and other workshops. Come learn to use a treadle sewing machine! (more…)