Great Maine Apple Day
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Great Maine Apple Day

  • 294 Crosby Brook Rd Unity, ME, 04988 United States (map)
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Sunday, October 13, 2019
12 noon to 4 p.m. rain or shine
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Common Ground Education Center
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine

$4 general admission
$2 MOFGA members
Children are free!

People who volunteer at the Common Ground Clean-up Day on Saturday, October 12, can attend Great Maine Apple Day for free, and we have a few slots available for volunteers to help with registration on Sunday. For details, visit https://mofga.volunteerhub.com/

WORKSHOPS

  • Cider Making

  • Choosing apple varieties to grow

  • Harvesting fall nuts and seeds

  • Working with an existing orchard

TASTINGS AND CONTESTS!

  • Cider tastings

  • Apple variety tastings

  • Apple pie and dessert contest

GOING ON ALL DAY!

  • Ciderpressing

  • Educational fruit displays

  • Vendors – including Fedco Trees and Organic Grower Supplies

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


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STEMports AR Workshop @ Apple Camp
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

STEMports AR Workshop @ Apple Camp

  • Ickaticker Road Tremont, ME, 04653 United States (map)
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DO YOU KNOW A TEEN INTERESTED IN AUGMENTED REALITY (AR), GAMING, DESIGN, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND/OR HANDS-ON COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS?

[ ...if so, please send this opportunity their way!

Participation is free, though spaces are limited... ]


HALF-DAY AUGMENTED REALITY WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS

The Maine Math & Science Alliance’s STEMports Project is hosting a series of FREE HALF-DAY AR WORKSHOPS around the state this summer for youth 13+. The workshops are designed as an opportunity for teens to build their understanding of augmented reality technology and to explore the science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) in our rural communities through hands-on collaborative projects using innovative applications of digital technology. 


WORKSHOP DATES & LOCATIONS

--> [Western Foothills Region]

MONDAY, JULY 29, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
at Bryant Pond 4H Center, Bryant Pond
Hosting partner: Bryant Pond 4H & Telstar High School


--> [Central/Midcoast Region]

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 9:00 – 2:00 PM

at Camp NEOFA, Liberty

Hosting partner: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)


WHAT TO EXPECT at the EVENT
>> Hands-on AR activities, demos and collaborative project in a supportive, outdoor environment
>> Beta testing of the new STEMports game!
>> Q&A with game co-design team and STEM experts
>> Digital devices will be available for any who need them
>> Free and open to all interests and skill levels


TO SIGN UP

Complete the online application at http://bit.ly/STEMportsSummer or contact me via email or phone for assistance or a paper copy.

The program is FREE and open to any participants 13 years and older, though an application is required as each session is limited to 20 attendees.

We strongly encourage youth of all skill levels, interest areas and backgrounds to apply. Selection is based on assembling a cohort of enthusiastic participants with diverse interests and perspectives rather than preferencing particular STEM- or gaming experience.

Participants will be informed by July 15 whether they have a spot in the program.



PROGRAM CONTACT & MORE INFO
For more information about STEMports, any of our regional Youth Co-Design Hubs, or to receive notice about upcoming game days, workshops and community AR projects please contact Daniel MacPhee at <stemports@mmsa.org> or visit our project website at http://mmsa.org/projects/stemports.


If you'd like to collaborate on a project with any of our youth co-design teams, or are curious about hosting a game day or other activity in your community or organization, I'd love to hear from you!

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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 Preserving Heritage Varieties • New England Cider Revolution • Fungal Duff • Foraging Wild Fruit • Marketing the Crop • Cider Tasting • and more!

MAC 2019 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

Noon Lunch @ Mofga in the Exhibition Hall
(294 Crosby Brook Rd Unity, ME 04988)
1:00 and 2:00 Tours of Maine Heritage Orchard @ MOFGA, Tom Vigue and Laura Sieger
(85 Crosby Brook Rd Unity, ME 04988)

4:00-6:00pm Check-In @ Camp NEOFA
(213 North Trotting Ln, Montville, ME 04941)
4:00-5:30pm Summer Apple Tasting (bring apples from home to share!)
5:30-7:00pm Dinner
8:00-10:00pm Cider Club (bring a bottle to share)


SATURDAY

7:00-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-10:00am History of Apples in Maine, John Bunker
Processing Summer Apples, Emily Skrobis and Kate Wallace
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-Noon Foraging Wild Apples (round table discussion), Matt Kaminsky
Orchard Innovations Across the Universe, Mike Biltonen
Noon-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Scything the Orchard; Snath Making, Sy Schotz
Marketing the Crop, Jack & Polly McDougal
2:30-3:00pm Break -or-
School & Community Orchards (short presentation), Richard Hodges
3:00-4:00pm Growing Apples in Australia—co-op’s, climate change & organic adaptation (presentation), Katie & Hugh Finlay
Malus Storytelling: Unusual Apples on Social Media, William Mullen & Sean Turley
4:00-4:30pm Break
4:30-5:45pm The Apple Family Tree, Cameron Peace
6:00-7:30pm Dinner
7:45-8:30pm Guided Cider Tasting, Khris Hogg & Chase Rochon
8:30-10:00pm Cider Club (bring a bottle to share)


SUNDAY

7:00-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:00am Book Reading from Uncultivated with Q&A, Andy Brennan
10:00-Noon Unstructured: continuing discussions, swim, crafts, etc.
Noon Maine Apple Camp Ends

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION

questions? email apples@mofga.org

Accommodation

Camp NEOFA is a traditional summer camp set-up with cabins with 10 bunks each. We will be designating cabins in several ways for the weekend:

  • Women's cabins

  • Men's cabins

  • All genders cabins (* good for couples)

  • Family cabins (* good for families with kids)

If you would like to have your own space we recommend camping in your own tent. There are lovely camping areas by the water and in the woods. We also have a limited number of tents ready-to-use, with a basic bed set up inside – please email events@mofga.org for details on this option.

Food

Meals will be cooked on site from high-quality ingredients and served at the central eating area at camp, amongst the pine trees. Please let us know in your registration form whether you have any specific dietary needs.

Programming for Teens

STEMports Half-Day Augmented Reality Meet-up

This is special program for teens that will take place at Camp NEOFA during Apple Camp. On Saturday August 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., teens aged 13+ can learn about augmented reality in a fun and open workshop. They can beta test the new STEMports game, get involved in hands-on activities and demos, and participate in a Q&A with the game co-design team and STEM experts – all while their parents participate in Maine Apple Camp workshops!

The Maine Math & Science Alliance’s STEMports Project is designed as an opportunity for youth to build their understanding of augmented reality technology and to explore the science, math, engineering and technology (STEM). These workshops are happening in rural communities all across Maine. This workshop is free but registration is limited so please follow this link to register: https://airtable.com/shr7mWxKYQTjxJx2V. Questions? Email stemports@mmsa.org


Speaker & Facilitator Biographies

Andy Brennan – "Story Time" (Sunday morning)
Andy Brennan will read from his new book, "Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living" (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019). He is the owner of Aaron Burr Cidery, a small homestead farm located in New York state’s Catskills region that supplies cider to some of New York’s most renowned restaurants, including 11 Madison Park, Blue Hill/ Stone Barns and the Gramercy Tavern. He has been featured in The New York Times, on CBS Sunday Morning, in Wine Enthusiast magazine and in numerous other publications. As a prominent figure in the growing U.S. cider movement he frequently speaks at museums, events, radio and on podcasts advocating for a more traditional, ecological, and ethical approach to cider production.

Mike Biltonen – presenter of "Orchard Innovations Across the Universe" (Saturday morning)
Mike has farmed his entire professional career. He has horticulture degrees from Virginia Tech (BS ’86) and Cornell (MS ’92) as well as over 35 years of practical farming experience. Although his career started in the trenches at a large conventional orchard in Virginia, during his time at Cornell he became more aware and focused on sustainable orcharding and the need for greater ecological well-being of farms. Over the past 20 years he has worked as a practicing orchardist and consultant for growers looking to grow more holistic food, revealing the difficulties of doing so and what the path towards a biodynamic future looks like. His energies are now focused on helping growers navigate these transitional waters while becoming better farmers and maintaining viable businesses. He currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he is crop a consultant, advisor, mentor, writer, philosophizer, rabble-rouser and farmer with Know Your Roots, a small holistic company he owns and operates with his wife Debbie.

John Bunker – presenter of "History of Apples in Maine" (Saturday morning)
John Bunker is an apple historian, gardener and orchardist. His passion is tracking down, identifying and preserving rare apples. His recent book, "Apples and the Art of Detection" will be available this summer. He lives with Cammy Watts on Super Chilly Farm in Palermo Maine. To contact John or to learn more about John and Cammy’s activities, go to outonalimbapples.com.

Khristopher Hogg – guide for cider tasting (Saturday evening)
Khris Hogg is the chef/curator at Perennial Cider Bar + Farm Kitchen in Belfast. Prior to opening Perennial in 2019, Khris has worked as an organic farmer, writer and farm to table cook in northern New England and the Pacific Northwest. He was drawn to cider by the diversity of the apple, the idea that every seed can beget a new variety, the stories attached to the varieties we've already named, and the potential for each cider to connect to its place and time in its own way. He also just likes how traditional cider tastes (most of the time).  He lives with his wife and baby boy, Pippin, on their woodland homestead in Swanville, where he tends an ever-growing number of trees, mushroom logs, and other Perennial food crops, as well as miscellaneous other projects.

Casimir Holeski – leading roundtable discussion "Identifying & Preserving Varieties" (Saturday afternoon)
Casimir Holeski is a fruit explorer and grower living in Boundary County, Idaho. He is the founder of imagarden, a collaborative venture; I.M. Tree Crops, a permaculture-oriented nursery; and Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project. As a father of four, Casimir is actively inspired to think about future generations in the actions he takes today. Casimir is passionate about creating local food systems and believes the time is right for a shift in focus back to a locally based economy. It is his vision and intention to build a network of fruit explorers, growers and collaborators in north Idaho, the inland Northwest and beyond.

Matt Kaminsky – leading roundtable "Foraging Wild Apples" (Saturday morning)
Matt Kaminsky is an orchardist, cidermaker and arborist from western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley. He works for grower-producer Carr's Ciderhouse, where he also co-manages a sheep and goat silvopasture, as well as a nursery. His moniker, Gnarly Pippins, is also the name of his website, where you can find more writings on his apple-related projects and a variety of products from custom made pruning saws to wild apple scion wood and nursery stock seasonally. Keep up with him on Instagram: @gnarlypippins

Cameron Peace – keynote speaker, "The Apple Genome" (Saturday afternoon)
Cameron Peace is fascinated by fruit, genetics, history, and what breeding offers future generations. His research program at Washington State University brings the benefits of natural diversity and the genomics age to fruit breeding via "DNA-informed breeding." His current mission is to figure out how each apple tree is related to every other, putting them all onto a single apple family tree. He oversees the student-run Palouse Wild Cider Breeding Program in Pullman, Wash., that provides hands-on experiences for future scientists and is churning up interesting genetic combinations with much use of wild crab apple species. He is an associate professor in tree fruit genetics at Washington State University.

Chase Rochon – guide for "Cider Tasting" (Saturday evening)
Chase is a born and raised Mainer who has spent the past 10 years in the hospitality industry all around New England. After returning home from some time spent in Boston's cocktail scene, he took the role as front of house manager at Liquid Riot Bottling Company, Maine's only brewery/distillery/restaurant. Chase fell in love with cider at a young age and has been an avid supporter of the Maine craft cider movement. You can find him @ciderpedia on Instagram or in the heart of the Old Port mixing up cocktails and pouring out some of Maine's highest quality fermented beverages.

Sean Turley – facilitating the Summer Apple Tasting (Friday afternoon) and "Malus Storytelling" (Saturday afternoon)
Sean Turley is the former apple columnist for the Portland Press Herald who maintains a compendium of apple varieties on Instagram at @therighteousrusset. He has conducted an annual apple tasting in Portland over the last five years, focusing on traditional New England varieties. Sean is also a fledgling lawyer, fruit forager and amateur cidermaker who is always down to try the most righteous russet.

Tom Vigue – leading the tours of Heritage Orchard and "walk and talk" on "Fungal Duff and Companion Planting" (Friday afternoon)
Tom has a B.S. in agricultural science (1975) and has been a farmer/gardener and seed grower since then. He has been growing fruit since the mid 1980s, including less common fruit such as kiwi berries, cornelian cherries and sea berries. Tom is also a professional stone mason. He has been involved with the Heritage Orchard in Unity, Maine, since its inception.

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Apple Tree Restoration - Cabling an Ancient Tree
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Apple Tree Restoration - Cabling an Ancient Tree

  • Ickaticker Road Tremont, ME, 04653 United States (map)
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Fee: $30; $20 for MOFGA members

Registration

Do you have a mature fruit tree on your property that you want to restore to its former glory? With some careful work, you may be able to extend its life for many years. Join us for this workshop about restoring mature trees, taught by Phil Norris of Clayfield Farm in East Blue Hill. We will demonstrate how to restore an old tree by working specifically on one very old tree on Mount Desert Island. Phil will discuss a variety of techniques used in tree restoration and will demonstrate how to use cables to restore an older tree – in this case, one which has split down the middle. We will work on a much-loved apple tree known as Jake 1829, which is thought to be about 190 years old.

Meet at the large tree located on Ickaticker Road (other side of the property.) See map (attached) for specific location of the tree and workshop.

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Annual Planting Day
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Planting Day

PLANTING DAY POSTPONED TO SUNDAY APRIL 28th DUE TO RAIN

Join us for the Maine Heritage Orchard's 6th annual Planting Day on April 27th, 2019

With your help we will plant 10 apple trees and several herbaceous & woody companions, including willows, red osier dogwood, sweet fern, American cranberries, hops, horseradish and purple coneflower.

Meet at the Maine Heritage Orchard, 85 Crosby Brook Rd.

Tree guards will be removed from all of the trees in the Heritage Orchard, and prunings will be collected for chipping

What to 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 will be at MOFGA’s Annex building at 12:30

LUNCH & CIDER WILL BE PROVIDED
PLEASE RSVP USING VOLUNTEER HUB

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Seed Swap &amp; Scion Exchange
Mar
31
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! Fedco Trees generously supplies an immense variety of apple, pear & plum scionwood for this exchange.

Labels, tape and markers are available at the event for your use.

Fedco will have t-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock available for purchase.

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MOFGA Organic Orcharding Classes
Mar
9
to Apr 13

MOFGA Organic Orcharding Classes

See MOFGA’s website for details

A series of workshops, covering theory and hands-on practice in organic fruit tree and orchard management.

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Renovating Old Apple Trees

Grafting Fruit Trees

Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

Top Grafting Fruit Trees

Summer Orchard Care

Bud Grafting

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

Annual Orchard 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 (&amp; 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.

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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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Annual Planting Day
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

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.

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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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