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January

January 14, January 28, and February 11
The Business of Farming for Wholesale

Are you an experienced Maine farmer who wants make more money wholesaling your products? The Business of Farming for Wholesale could help you get there!

Farming for Wholesale 101

This track is for experienced farmers who want to start or expand their wholesale markets. Farmers enrolled in this track will attend 3 daylong workshops and receive technical assistance tailored to their farm.

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., January 14, January 28, and February 11

Where: The Hub in Unity

Cost: $500. Upon completion of all three sessions and your successful participation in technical assistance, farms will be awarded $1,000 in seed money. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm! Scholarships are available: please contact Alex for details.

Register by January 6, 2017! Register Now


January – February 2017
2017 Labor Management Series

Come join the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension for an interactive, four-session, workshop to better understand labor management issues: employment law, employee training, goal-setting, employee recruitment and job description writing. Customize your training by attending all four sessions or choose only those that are applicable to you and your farm! We welcome farmers of all knowledge levels to help enhance the educational experience for all! Information and registration can be found here UNH Extension Labor Mgmt Series (PDF).


January 29, 2017
Maine Farmers’ Market Convention

The 9th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention will take place Sunday, January 29th at the Alfond Campus of Kennebec Valley Community College. Market vendors, managers, and volunteers from across the state will convene for the conference, the theme of which is “Taking the Lead.” Participants will choose from a dozen sessions throughout the day, focusing on how to cultivate collaborative markets and how to strategize for growth. The convention is hosted by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM), and is the primary opportunity for people interested in Maine’s markets to come together for inspiration, guidance, and networking opportunities.

Registration to the convention closes January 26th (cost is $65-75). Scholarships are available to participants from Washington and Aroostook counties. For more information or to register, call 207. 487.7114 or email assistant@mffm.org. Online registration is also available at mainefarmersmarkets.org.


February

Nationwide Study of Intermediated Marketing Channels for Regional Food Systems

We need farmers to participate in this study!

We are currently looking for farmers to take part in a national study (through a survey) being led by Syracuse University, The Pennsylvania State University, New York University, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

The study seeks to examine seeks to examine local and regional agricultural production and intermediated markets, and will examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities for farmers — direct-to-consumer, direct-to-institution, direct-to-retail, and selling to intermediaries (such as distributors or food hubs), who in turn sell the products as local food.

We are interested in all farmers’ perceptions of these markets, whether currently selling to these markets or not. A national outreach and technical assistance program will be developed based on the results of this research.

The online survey for farmers should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey or have any questions, contact Lydia Oberholtzer, Penn State, at 301.891.0470 or lso3@psu.edu.

Thank you in advance for helping out this important study!

This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant #2016-68006-24739 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


February 27, 2017
Are You a Farmer in Southern Maine? 

farmer holding plantIf you are curious about the farmland property tax program, protecting your farmland with a conservation easement, or in need of a specific agricultural or business service, this information session is for you!

Monday, February 27, 2017
1:00 – 4:15 PM
Shaw Brothers Construction
341 Mosher Rd/Rte 237, Gorham, ME

Join Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Farmland Trust, and University of Maine Cooperative Extension for an afternoon of information about services that can help your farm business:

  • How to Apply for Farmland Property Tax Program: Stephanie Gilbert, MDACF
  • Conservation Easements as a Tool to help Fund Farm Purchase or Improvements: Nina Young & Chris Cabot, Maine Farmland Trust
  • Finding Agricultural Service Providers: Stephanie Gilbert, MDACF; Jason Lilley, UMaine Cumberland County Cooperative Extension; Phelps Turner, Legal Services Food Hub; Dale Rines, Ag Engineers, Inc.; Ben Hartwell,  Sebago Lake Ranch

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Gilbert for more information ay stephanie.gilbert@maine.gov or  207.287.7520.

Parking: Turn off Route 237 at the large granite sign for the “Office Entrance” on Westerly side of the building. There is overflow parking on Easterly side. Enter at the main entrance.

Shaw Brothers Construction is dedicated to supporting Maine’s farms and farmers and has generously donated use of its Training Room for this meeting.


March

Monday, March 13
2017 Maine Grain Conference

Little School and Agriculture Museum, Littleton, Maine (just north of Houlton)

This year’s conference will focus on alternative crops and precision, guided cultivation systems.  Guest speakers will include among others:

Willie Hughes of Janesville, Wisconsin. Willie will talk about his family’s split conventional/organic, 5000-acre operation. Hughes Farms grow grains (wheat, rye, soybean, corn) and processing vegetables (sweet corn, peas, and snap beans).

Jeremiah Evans of Merced, Manitoba. Jeremiah has used Robocrop, a video-guided hoe to cultivate between crop rows. He grows 450 acres of organic spelt, winter wheat, red spring wheat, field peas, and condiment mustard, as well as red clover and biannual sweet clover for plow-down.

Peter Scott, Crop Development Specialist, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture.  Peter will give an overview of results from his cereal and oilseed research program.

Mark Monday, March 13th on your calendar, and look for upcoming info on the full agenda and registration details!


March 26, 2017
Maine Maple Sunday

Maine Maple Sunday® is just around the corner! Maine Maple Sunday® will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2017 and several of Maine’s maple producers will open their doors for this annual event to showcase their productions through education demonstrations, tours or sampling. In order to help the public locate participants in Maine Maple Sunday®, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will be promoting this event on our website www.getrealmaine.com with an electronic listing.


May

Thursday, May 25 and Thursday, July 6, 2017
2017 Poultry Processing Workshop

MOFGA’s Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $75. $60 for MOFGA members

Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office – 207. 568.4142

Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s Livestock Specialist and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We’ll discuss poultry management, equipment, and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home an organic bird.

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? For the May 25 workshop, please fill out a scholarship application form by March 1st. For the July 6 workshop, please fill out a scholarship application by May 1st. Register online.


Ongoing

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.

Learn which courses would be best for youread about our team of experienced instructors , see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and view the calendar of course offerings.

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.

Learn more:  www.wolfesneckfarm.org/organic-dairy-farmer-research-training-programWe’re accepting trainee applications on a rolling basis.


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