Registration open for MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Confernce Nov. 2-4

UNITY — The annual Maine Organic Farmes and Gardeners Association Farmter to Farmer Conferene will be held Nov. 2 and 3, at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport. The conference includes Saturday farm tours, as well as more than 60 speakers from Maine, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. Saturday’s tours are of Snakeroot Farm, a mixed vegetable, fruit and culinary herbs farm growing on five acres, and Balfour Farm, an off-the-grid 100-acre diversified organic dairy farm, both in Pittsfield. A bus will be available, seats are limited. Keynote speakers at the conference are Christa Alexander and Mark Fasching of 150-acre Jericho Settlers Farm in Vermont, which produces certified organic vegetables, flowers and herbs for their year-round CSA programs, farm stands and wholesale customers. They manage long rotations between vegetable production and livestock forage on over 100 acres, and maintain over an acre of crops in their hoophouses and greenhouses year round. They specialize in year round vegetable production, primarily salad greens, tomatoes and root vegetables. They will talk about scaling up their business, their successes and failures along away, and how they’ve learned to prioritize to stay profitable.
MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference:
* is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics and discussions * is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners * features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators and other agricultural professionals * features a unique three-hour workshop session format, in which half is dedicated to talks by agricultural service professionals or farmers, and half to a roundtable discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all farmers in attendance * serves meals featuring local organic food * is a rare and wonderful opportunity to get off the farm and catch up with fellow farmers
For the complete schedule, session descriptions, information about accommodations, and to register, visit mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/farmer-to-farmer-conference-2019. Direct any questions to MOFGA at 207-568-4142 or amueller@mofga.org.