Maine Food Means Business 2016 Summit
Providing key education, camaraderie, and professional development to members. The Maine Food Means Business Summit brings together Maine’s food producers, grocers, service providers and food industry experts.
Maine’s food business community will discuss business best practices and trends, connect with like minded colleagues and celebrate each other’s successes.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE Sheep and Goat Parasitology Seminar
Kennebec Valley Community College: Carter Hall, Fairfield, ME
- Want to learn more about minimizing costs of worming?
- Confused about Scrapie control?
- Eager to learn how to get your flock or herd a “Clean” bill of health?
- Want to meet a small ruminant vet, and ask them some questions?
Please join us for an informative workshop about internal parasites of sheep and goats, especially our worst enemy, the “barberpole worm” (Haemonchus contortus). Many producers have benefited by learning whether this parasite is in their flock, and new results will help producers change their pasture strategies to reduce losses due to parasitism in their sheep and goats. We will also give a “live” parasite egg count demonstration. We’ll present guidance about the current scrapie program, and the difference between ID tags and scrapie tags. This seminar will include the “how-to” aspects of parasite management and disease prevention: please bring your questions! This is a FREE seminar, however registration is necessary. Please RSVP to Melissa Libby or 207.581.2788.
November 1st and 3rd
SAVE THE DATE — Sodexo Informational Meetings
The University of Maine & the University of Maine System in partnership with Sodexo will be holding two informational sessions in early November for farmers and food processors on how to sell their products to the University of Maine System. More information can be found at Maine Course — Save the Date (PDF).
New England Farm Succession School
Augusta, Maine: November 1; December 6, 2016 & January 24, 2017 at Viles Arboretum
Concord, NH: November 2; December 7, 2016 & January 25, 2017 at NH Farm Bureau
Randolph, Vermont: November 3; December 8, 2016 & January 26, 2017 at VT Technical College Enterprise Center
The Farm Succession School is a three-session program designed for farmers looking for a bit of structure and motivation to tackle succession planning. The program will bring you from thinking about the future to doing active planning. Your commitment of three winter days will help to guide you toward a successful planning outcome for you, your family and your farm.
You will come away with a concrete game plan for your farm business, your land and your retirement. Whether or not you have an identified successor, this program will give you information, tools and advice to build a realistic plan that meets your objectives and enables you to take next steps. More information can be found here LFG-Farm-Succession-School-2016-Flyer_FINAL (PDF).
November 4-6, 2016
MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference
The Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. The conference is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners, and features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals.
November 10, 2016
Slow Money Maine Daylong Gathering
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Attention local food producers, eaters and investors! Slow Money Maine needs all of you to join us in making change and building a vibrant local food economy. We’re doing it in many ways that you may not know about and we welcome you to find your own form of involvement.
Slow Money Maine (SMM) is a network of anyone from Maine and our region, who is inspired to be part of pioneering partnerships to bring local healthy food to all of our communities.
Learn to farm online this winter from NE Beginning Farmer Project
Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Dairy Training Program
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now accepting applications for their newly launched an organic dairy farmer training program on our farm in Freeport, Maine. This is an intensive, experiential 18-month residential paid program that offers a high degree of support to help new organic dairy farmers start their own operation.
Ideal applicants will have dairy farm experience and are certain that they want to be a dairy farmer. The curriculum provides a solid background in the fundamentals needed to start and manage a dairy farm (business management, pasture and soil management, and animal health are the main areas we’ll focus on). Our team of experts provides specialized support through training, securing financing, locating land, and during the first few years of operation.
Poultry Webinars Upcoming and Archived from eXtension
View free webinars on small and backyard flocks from eXtension!
Recently Archived Webinars
- Hatching and brooding your own chicks
- National Poultry Improvement Plan for exhibition poultry
- Composting for poultry
- Controlling internal parasites in small and backyard poultry flocks
- Establishing regulations for keeping urban poultry flocks
- Setting up a community chicken flock
- Predator management with small and backyard poultry flocks