September 19 - 21: Common Ground Country Fair, sponsored by MOFGA
Location: 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity, ME 04988
The 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will provide opportunities for farmers to share and visitors to enjoy a huge variety of crafts, produce, activities and skills from across the state. Livestock shows, agricultural demonstrations, foods and fibers galore, music, children's activities, environmental education, herbs and health, and much more will be included; see http://www.mofga.org/theFair for complete details.
September 21 - 27: Cumberland Fair
Location: 197 Blanchard Rd., Cumberland Center, ME
Large exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, midway. Animal pull events, harness racing, demolition derby, rodeo and bull riding, children's activities and events. See www.cumberlandfair.com for complete schedule.
September 28 - October 5: Fryeburg Fair
Location: 1154 Main St., Fryeburg, ME 04037
Maine's largest agricultural fair. Livestock shows, exhibit halls, petting zoo, museum, fiber and crafts demonstrations, harness racing. Plus over 200 musicians and other entertainmers share their talents throughout fair week. For complete schedule, map and details, see: www.fryeburgfair.org.
October 7: Beginners Christmas Tree Growing Workshop
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: Sanford City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor Sanford City Hall, 919 Maine St. Sanford, ME 04073
Cost: Free, but registration is required.
Growing quality Christmas trees is a complicated business or hobby. Come learn the basics from the experts at the Maine Forest Service and Tuckaway Tree Farm. Topics will include techniques for acquiring quality growing stock, picking a good site, planting trees, fertilizing, controlling pests and diseases, shearing, and marketing. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. The workshop will include a 2 hour field session at Tuckaway Tree Farm in Lebanon, http://www.tuckawaytreefarmmaine.com/. Please come dressed for the weather. Lunch will not be provided. For more information or to register, contact Ken Canfield at (207) 441-3712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15: Dairy Margin Protection Program Information Meeting
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Bag Lunch Optional)
Location: USDA Scarborough Service Center, 306 US Route One, Ste A2, Scarborough, ME 04074
Recommended for all dairy producers. For more information, contact Sandy Truslow at the Farm Service Agency, 207-883-0159 x 105, or email@example.com.
November 6: Farm Bill Information Meeting - Farm Service Agency Programs and Loans
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Buxton Town Hall, 185 Portland Rd., Buxton, ME 04093
November 20: Pollinator Health and Safety Conference
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Portland Marriot at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland, ME 04106
Cost: $50, register by Oct. 31; or $75, register by Nov. 14
Geared toward farmers in commercial agriculture, legislators and policy-makers, and co-sponsored by the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Topics at this one-day conference include:
- Factors Affecting Bee Mortality in Maine Agriculture
- Status of Maine's Native Pollinators
- Neonic Use in Maine and Pesticide Alternatives
- Best Management Practices for Pollinator Safety