Maine Apple Camp 2019
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Maine Apple Camp 2019

Apple Lovers! Orchardists! Cider Makers! Fruit Explorers!

Join fellow apple enthusiasts for Maine Apple Camp

August 16, 17, & 18, 2019

location: Camp NEOFA Liberty, Maine

  • Innovative Orcharding

  • Identifying and Perserving Heritage Varieties

  • New England Cider Revolution

  • Fungal Duff

  • Foraging Wild Fruit

  • Marketing the Crop

  • Cider Tasting

  • and more!

More details will be announced soon. Registration will open early 2019.

questions? email apples@mofga.org

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MEHO Annual Compost Day
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

MEHO Annual Compost Day

Join us for our last big volunteer day of the year at the Heritage Orchard!

  • Plant garlic & narcissus around the 2018 apple trees

  • Put tree guards on each young apple and pear tree

  • Spread chips around older trees

  • Prepare sites for 8 new apple trees with compost and soil amendments
    (tree are to be planted Earth Day weekend 2019—stay tuned!)

What to Bring
-work gloves
-warm boots & warm grunge-y clothes
-optional: trowel, digger, wheelbarrow, friends/ family/ children/ neighbors

******UPDATE 10/26 7pm******
Tomorrows weather is looking a bit lousy. We will start at 9am and end at 10:30. We will have coffee, tea & warm cider in the Exhibition Hall on the MOFGA grounds until 11 or so to leave before the weather.

Jen & Laura will be at the Heritage Orchard, 85 Crosby Brook Rd, whether it is sunny/ rainy/ cold, but not if the roads are icy! please remember to drive carefully if you decide to brave the weather.

to be in touch directly with Laura: lsieger@mofga.org / (207)629-7200 cell (text only)

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Great Maine Apple (& other Tree Crop) Day
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Great Maine Apple (& other Tree Crop) Day

  • Common Ground Education Center @MOFGA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Sunday, October 14, 2018
12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine

doors open at 11:30am

held at the Common Ground Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine

$4 for non-members, $2 for members
Kids get in free!

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples, while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture.

WORKSHOPS: Hands-on kitchen workshops and speakers on a variety of apple topics
stay tuned for a detailed schedule

DELICIOUS TREATS: Apple cheddar pizza, apple hand pies, soups, cornbread, scones, ice cream, honey, homemade chocolate, maple syrup and chaga tea. We will even have gluten-free apple cake!

GOODS TO BUY: Maine-made wooden cheeseboards, beeswax candles, cookbooks, books for children and gardening books, pie contest and much more!

ONGOING ALL AFTERNOON: Cider pressing, apple tastings, apple identifications, educational fruit displays, vendors including Fedco Trees and Organic Grower Supplies

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Common Ground Country Fair
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Common Ground Country Fair

Common Ground Country Fair Schedule for the Hayloft Tent

Friday Hayloft Tent
10-11 AM “Bee keeping at the Maine Heritage Orchard” Don Pendleton and Samara Santiago 11-12 noon “Vinegar Tasting: Make it and Use it” Bob Sewall & Kate Wallace
12-1 PM “Growing Tree Crops from Seed” Jacob Mentlik
1-2 PM “Perennial Polycultures” Jesse Watson
2-3 PM “Growing Mushrooms at Home and on the Farm” North Spore Mushrooms
3-4 PM “Growing Pears and Plums in the Home Orchard” Dan Newman
4-5 PM “Apple Tasting: vote for your favorites” John Bunker and Friends

Saturday Hayloft Tent
9-10 AM "Getting Started with Bees” Lincoln Sennett
10-11 AM “Growing Apples on the Small Farm” Phil Norris
11-12 noon “Permaculture: Getting Humanity Back on Track” Jesse Watson
12-1 PM “Figs, Kiwis and Honeyberries” Jesse Stevens
1-2 PM “Easy Cider with Angus” Angus Deighan
3-4 PM “Apple Tasting: vote for your favorites” John Bunker and Friends
4-5:30 PM “Work Songs for Shucking Garlic & Beans, Picking Apples” Bennett Konesni & Edith Gawler

Sunday Hayloft Tent
10-11 AM "Managing Healthy Bee Hives” Lincoln Sennett
11-noon “Fruit Exploring: Wild & Cultivated trees” Laura Sieger and Abbey Verrier
12-1 PM “Cider Economics on the farm: yesterday, today, tomorrow” Andy Brennan
1-2 PM “Alcohol Production in Maine’s Small Farm Economy.” Panel discussion: Joel Alex, Blue Ox Malthouse; Bob Bartlett, Bartlett Winery; Bruce Olson, Tree Spirits; Andrew White, High Ridge Farm
2-3 PM "Garden & Orchard Drip Irrigation 101” John Paul Rietz
3-4 PM “Favorite Apples for the Home Orchard” Laura Sieger & John Bunker

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MOFGA Top Working Class
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

MOFGA Top Working Class

Two locations:

 

  • Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike, with John Bunker and Laura Sieger
  • Morning Glory Farm, Bethel, with Eric List


Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch


Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. In this workshop you will see how a professional topworks and will be able to try it on your own. Please remember to bring a bag lunch.

click here to register

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FEDCO Tree Sale
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

FEDCO Tree Sale

 

VISIT THE FEDCO SITE FOR MORE DETAILS
 

Friday May 4th & Saturday May 5th

9am-3pm both days

In July 2015, the editors of Downeast magazine selected the Annual Fedco Tree Sale as the Best Springtime Tradition

 

The street address of the Fedco Trees warehouse is 213 Hinckley Rd, Clinton, ME04927
Fedco Seeds, Moose Tubers and Organic Growers Supply are located at 688 Bellsqueeze Rd

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MEHO Annual Planting Day
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

MEHO Annual Planting Day

Join us for the Maine Heritage Orchard's 5th annual tree planting day on April 21st, 2018

With your help we will plant 30 apple trees, and several clumps of herbaceous perennial ground covers (yarrow, creeping thyme & lady's mantle).

April is a great time to weed and mulch around existing companions plants. We are taking a year off from planting more woody shrubs. During this year's planting day we will spend some time caring for the established woody and herbaceous plants in the orchard. 

Bring
-work gloves, muck boots, warm clothing (optional: shovel, trowel or digger) 
-friends, family, children & neighbors

Come for a few hours, or stay all day. We will begin at 9am, and wrap up by 3 or 4pm

 

LUNCH AND CIDER PROVIDED


PLEASE RSVP

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Organic Orcharding with Michael Phillips
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Organic Orcharding with Michael Phillips

Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it. Please bring a bag lunch.

click here to register

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MOFGA Grafting Class
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

MOFGA Grafting Class

Two locations:

  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
  • MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity


Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator in the Bar Harbor workshop, will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. Fee includes all supplies including rootstock, scionwood and handouts. Please bring a bag lunch. You will need to purchase a grafting knife in advance of this event! Any old knife will NOT do.This is the one you will need: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/ogs/search?item=8989.

 

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Seed Swap & Scion Exchange
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Seed Swap & Scion Exchange

For gardeners and orchardists, it's the most wonderful flea market in the world.
Not only that – most of the best stuff is free!

MOFGA, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, and Fedco will once again host the Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange at MOFGA’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall in Unity.

Please bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings you have to share freely with others. In recent years we have given away scionwood from well over 200 fruit varieties. These contributions make the day a success. If you don't have seeds or scionwood to share, don't fret and join us anyways - maybe bring some baked goods or fertile hatching eggs instead!

We’ll supply labels, tape and markers, and we’ll be selling t-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock.


Admission is free.
 

Schedule of Events:

ongoing  Seed Swap, Children's Activities with Seed Sensorium, Scion Exchange, on site Grafting by MEHO, & Hatching Eggs Exchange

11am  (South Orchard) Pruning Apple Trees, Sean Murphy

noon  (Upstairs Library) Tree Crops: Beyond the Apple, Aaron Parker
(Downstairs Office) Buying and Saving Seeds in a World of GMO's and Intellectual Property Restrictions, CR Lawn

1pm  (Upstairs Library) Grafting with Mark Fulford
(Downstairs Office) Getting Started: Simple Seed Saving, Sean Murphy

2pm  (Upstairs Library) Grafting with Mark Fulford
(Downstairs Office) Nut Trees, Jesse Stevens & Jacob Mentlik
 

Workshop Descriptions:

SEED Sensorium: Bridging art and science, the SEED Sensorium engages the five senses in learning about the remarkable world of seeds and their utmost importance in our lives. In this particular set of activities, school aged children are invited to look through the lens of the seed to explore their personal connections to the natural world. Activities include exploration of the seed dispersal methods that allow movement for rooted organisms, matching seeds to their fruits and plants, a magnification station as well as a hands on Sensorium. Information on how to develop SEED Sesoria will also be provided for distribution to educators. Learn more about SEED disperse at www.virtualvoices.org

Grafting: Join us for our annual grafting how-to workshop with Mark Fulford. Bring scionwood and rootstock from the exchange, come to the talk, and return home ready to try it on your own

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MOFGA Renovating Old Trees Workshop
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

MOFGA Renovating Old Trees Workshop

Three locations:

  • Morning Glory Farm, Bethel
  • Peggy Rockefeller Farm, Mount Desert (CJ Walke)
  • Kermit S. Nickerson School, Swanville

Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

 

click here to register for this event

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MOFGA Pruning Workshop
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

MOFGA Pruning Workshop

THREE LOCATIONS:

  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor (C.J Walke)

  • Morning Glory Farm, Bethel 

  • MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity (Sean Murphy)

Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Scionwood collection and storage will also be covered. Confirmation and directions will be sent a week prior to the start of the workshop.

Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required
**this course fills up quickly**

click here to register for this event 

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