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Winter Regional Growers Meetings Scheduled for February 2019

You’re Invited!

Winter Regional Grower Meetings – Four Locations in Maine

  1. Southern Maine: February 14th, York County Extension Office, Springvale, ME
  2. Maine Highlands: February 16, Sangerville Grange, ME
  3. Downeast: February 27th, Ellsworth City Hall, Ellsworth, ME
  4. Aroostook County: February 28th, Littleton Snowmobile Club, Littleton, ME
Approximate timing of events will be from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm*
These events will provide regional communities of farmers an opportunity to connect with one another, to hear about MOFGA technical services and programs for commercial growers, and to learn more about and from local service providers and farmer networks. Our intent is to offer both high value content and to hear more from local farmers about how we can better support one another in your region.
A local foods lunch will be provided. Please RSVP so we can ensure there is enough food for everyone, but registration is not required to attend! All commercial growers are welcome.
Topics for the day will include business support services for farmers, making organic certification more accessible (using standard operating procedures), time for topics specific to local farmer interests, and more! We hope to see you there!
*Sample agenda
10:30 Welcome and Introductions
11:00 Organic certification and SOP’s: making certification record-keeping more efficient
12:00 Business support services: Where to turn when your farm needs to adapt and evolve
12:30 Lunch and meet with local service providers (NRCS, Maine Foresters, more!) 
1:30 Listening session: what are the trends and concerns for farmers in your region?
2:00 Specific programming based on input from farmers local to the region 
*Agenda will be different based on input from farmers in each region.