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farm and homestead day at mofga

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA
Get ready to get dirty!
Saturday, June 11, 2016
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine
Bringing the days of old alive for today’s world, Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) is a 100 percent hands-on, FREE event where people of all ages come together to share and learn about resilient skills handy for the farm and homestead. It’s for anyone looking to live simply and close to the earth.
Here’s a peek at what you might find yourself participating in, with over 40 workshops scheduled:
  • Help construct a methane digester, get it started with waste from our F&H Day potluck, and come back in September to see its progress at the Common Ground Country Fair.
  • Explore permaculture in the orchard by sowing a variety of companion plants.
  • Forage for herbs and craft your own herbal salves.
  • Put together ingredients to take home your own sourdough starter.
  • Learn to sew a deerskin pouch or weave a basket.
  • Work together to design and erect the perfect garden scarecrow.
  • Slaughter, skin and butcher a rabbit, tan the hide, and we will cook the meat in our stone soup.
The focus at F&H Day at MOFGA is on simple technologies that use readily available items and can be learned with no previous experience.
Farm & Homestead Day takes place at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with tea and crumpets (and at 7 a.m. for those who want to help scythe a berm), with skill-sharing workshops running from 9:30 to 4:30. No pre-registration is necessary.
Join together for a potluck picnic lunch at noon. Enjoy freshly baked bread and butter, made from flour ground and cream churned in the children-of-all-ages area, along with bean hole beans and scrumptious stone soup (with vegan, gluten-free and meat versions). Bring a dish from home to share – something that does not need to be heated or refrigerated.

There will be an ongoing Plant Swap, so please bring your extra seedlings or divided perennials to share. (Don’t forget to label your plants.) Participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their own trash and come prepared to “pack it in, pack it out.”

A schedule and list of workshops will be posted before the event at www. mofga.org  (click on Events > June > Farm & Homestead Day).

Volunteers are welcome and appreciated, with opportunities to help the day before, of and after the event. Volunteers also receive a free T-shirt! To volunteer, contact Anna Libby at alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.

For more information, contact the Farm & Homestead Day Committee at  farmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net or 207-568-7597.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The purpose of the Association is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.

 

 


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event for landless farmers and lucky landowners, forest grove, or

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Dairy Creek Community Food Web presents:

Fields for Food
a workshop on leasing farmland
Tuesday March 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
@
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
1609 Elm St.
Forest Grove, OR
To RSVP, call: 503-992-0078 ext. 302
Free with snacks provided!

Presentations by:
Nellie McAdams, Director of Farm Preservation Program at Rogue Farm Corps. Nellie will explain how to find farmers and craft a lease.
http://www.roguefarmcorps.org/

Greg Malinowski, farmer at Malinowski Farms and Washington County Commissioner. Greg will share his experience in leasing portions of his land to farmers for over 20 years.
http://www.friendsoffamilyfarmers.org/

Charlene Murdock, Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and local Forest Grove resident who has leased land to Adelante Mujeres Sustainable Agriculture program participants.
http://www.adelantemujeres.org/http://www.nanacardoon.com/,


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maine: dandelion wine making workshop

Dandelion Wine Workshop:

Want to figure out what to do with all of those dandelion petals in your yard? Make wine with them! In Harpswell, Maine, there will be an instructional workshop on how to turn your dandelion petals into wine. Each participant will leave with a 5 gallon wine bucket and airlock containing gallons of future dandelion wine!

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016 Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Location: 286 Allen Point Road, Harpswell, ME
  • Cost: $50.00 per person ($25.00 deposit required)
    (Cash or checks payable “Stone Soup Institute”)
  • Wine samples will be available. 
  • To register call 207-833-2884
    Email: stonesoupins@comcast.net
    mail@stone-soup-institute.org


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vt: hands on workshop weekend (aug 25th-28th)

Ever wonder how milk becomes cheese and yogurt? What the difference between bacon, pancetta and prosicutto is? How an IPA differs from a regular Pale Ale?

 Roll up your sleeves and pack your apron!

 During this four-day tour, you will be introduced to various food production methods through hands-on workshops, tastings and innovative farm tours around Vermont’s Champlain Valley. From the cheesemaking that Vermont is famous for to traditional Italian charcuterie, from ancient yogurt and kombucha fermentation methods to the top craft beers, ciders, wine and spirits, our aim is to show you as much behind the scenes artisanal food production as possible in one weekend!

To learn more about this extended workshop weekend, click HERE!


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maine: goat intensive biochar workshop with shana hanson

 

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Dear friends,

Sunday at 8 AM Gary Masalin and Shana Hanson will lead an optimum open burn for
biochar in the Rainbow Roof house pasture (striped multicolored roof, 195 Back Belmont Rd. on the north side of the rd. just out of town from Jesse Robbins Rd. by less than half a mile).  Spectators and helpers are invited.

This practice is especially suited to goat farmers feeding high quantities of tree fodder, as we collect a surplus of brush annually, and tend not to have time to move brush to, nor size for, a retort burner.  I use the biochar to seed new pasture species into sod, and
for urine catchment and soil improvement at gates, on paths and in bedding (which later gets spread).  The (usually white) goats like to roll in the charcoal for skin mites – handy labor saver if your desired use requires the biochar to be ground up.

I have a small video camera.  I am hoping that one of you will volunteer to capture our burn process on video, to be of use to others.

RSVP if possible, but certainly you are also welcome to just show up.

Thanks, Shana


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ny: wassail and balkan dance party

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Happy Spring! We are please to invite you to our 20th Annual Wassail. This year we will be joined by an unusually robust group of musicians. There will be wassailing, singing, dancing and feasting among the trees. As always, we invite anyone who would like to camp in the orchard, (which is now certified organic!), to do so. Please note the Wassail is being held at Breezy Hill Orchard-just outside Rhinebeck. There is a lot to celebrate this year, especially our purchase of Stone Ridge Orchard. We will be unveiling some exciting new plans for that farm at the Wassail.

RSVPs are quite important to us to make sure we are cooking the right amount of wonderful foods for you all. The wood fired pizza oven will be cranking, the cider will be pouring. We will have wonderful new hard cider releases which you will be the first to taste. Please help us publicize this event by sharing this email with family, friends and colleagues.   flexible pricing, no one turned away
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