MOFGA 2015 Growers Meetings
MOFGA Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services are pleased to announce this year’s Growers Meetings, which will take place in Cooperative Extension offices in Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock and Lincoln/Knox counties. Arrive in the morning for an opportunity to take the Pesticide Applicator License exam and join us from 1 to 4 p.m. for this year’s programming and to provide feedback on MOFGA’s Agricultural Services and Certification programs. You don’t need to be a MOFGA certified grower to attend the meeting; all are welcome, and staff will be available to answer questions about certification.
2015 Organic Growers Meetings Schedule
10:30 a.m. – Arrive if you are taking the Pesticide Applicator License exam
11:00 a.m. – Pesticide Applicator License Testing (Must RSVP at least 8 days prior to exam date)
1:00 p.m. – Introductions
1:15 p.m. – Certification. Staff from MOFGA Certification Services will highlight important changes regarding the National Organic Program as well as our own program. We will go over frequently asked questions and common mistakes made by producers seeking certification. A Q&A will follow. Staff will also be available for individual conversations with producers about their application paperwork.
2:00 p.m. – Soil Health. More than half a century ago, William Albrecht began talking about “feeding the soil to feed the plants,” and J. I. and Robert Rodale made this the king-pin of organic agriculture. The thesis is that healthy soil leads to healthful crops and healthy consumers. We will talk about what a healthy soil looks like and how to build and maintain it.
2:45 p.m. – Crop Planning. Crop planning is integral to a successful farm operation. Determining how crops will follow in a rotation as well as the ability to work green manures and cover crops into a rotation can be overwhelming. At each meeting local county farmers who have successfully created a crop rotation plan will present their strategies and the elements involved in the planning routine.
Our meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Cumberland County Growers Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Cumberland County Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth
Franklin County Growers Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Franklin County Extension Office, 138 Pleasant St., Suite 1, Farmington
Hancock County Growers Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hancock County Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Rd., Ellsworth
Lincoln/Knox County Growers Meeting
Friday, March 27, 2015
Knox-Lincoln County Extension Office, 377 Manktown Rd., Waldoboro
For more information and to RSVP, visit mofga.org and select the Growers Meeting option under the Events tab. We will send you the Pesticide Applicator License core manual if you indicate on your RSVP that you would like to take the exam.