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central maine organic farm available

A great opportunity for the right greenhorn!

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We are reaching out to the farming community to find a buyer for our farm.  We are currently operating an organic farmstead dairy and creamery.  We had big plans for this farm when we purchased it 4 years ago and have found that we do not have enough hours in the day to bring those plans to fruition.  Our children have moved away from home and we have decided to downsize our dairy and cheesemaking operation.

The 20+/- acre property has approximately ⅔ of open land. There is a farmland easement held by Maine Farmland Trust. In addition to the 1830′s New England farmhouse, the property has a new farm store, commercial kitchen & creamery with walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be easily converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and another shed for additional storage or animal housing. Continue reading


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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 mofgaConference 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. Continue reading


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fall semester @ stone soup institute

Stone Soup Institute is offering a Fall Semester to four students who are curious and adventuresome enough to explore the experiential learning opportunities on a small homestead in Maine. The primary focus of the fall semester will be building a tiny house in addition to seasonal chores on a small homestead.

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  • Animal Husbandry
    • Butchering pigs
    • Daily care of laying hens
    • Butchering broiler chickens
    • Daily care of draft horses
    • Logging with draft horses
  • Craft
    • Wild harvesting mushrooms
    • Wine making
    • Baking in a wood-fired outdoor oven
    • Introduction to Fiber Arts
    • Introduction to Blacksmithing
  • Gardening and Crops
    • Storing root vegetables for Winter
    •  Cover Cropping
    • Planting garlic
    • Threshing dry beans
    • Shelling corn
    • Saving seed from fall crops

For more information see:
http://lifeatstonesoupinstitute.blogspot.com/2013/05/fall-semester.html


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growing local

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Growing Local, a new film series by Seedlight Pictures and Maine Farmland Trust, will premiere during the Camden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 28th. The screening will start at 5pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Taking Local to the Next Level with Ted Quaday, Executive Director of MOFGA, Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine, and Amanda Beal, Sustainable Food Systems and Policy Consultant, and moderated by John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.growinglocalfilms.org/ Continue reading


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A training facility for low-input and small scale dairy in new england

*they’re also hiring!

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm Secures Major Grant from Stonyfield to launch an Organic Dairy Farmer Training and Research Program

FREEPORT, Maine — For many years, the story of dairy farming in New England was a story of decline. But, a new program being launched by Wolfe’s Neck Farm in partnership with organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield, hopes to change that trend. The Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program aims to revitalize and strengthen the organic dairy industry in Maine and New England while ushering in the next generation of organic dairy farmers. The program is made possible by a 3-year, $1,693,000 grant awarded to Wolfe’s Neck Farm from Stonyfield and the Danone Ecosystem Fund. Continue reading


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upcoming mofga events

unnamedAvena 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 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.  Continue reading

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