YCFN member events and other events of interest to members
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, but we recommend that you contact the individuals shown or visit the website for each event to confirm dates, times, etc.
Got Hay Fields and Pastures?
When: April 9, 2019 9am – 12pm
Where: Downs Conference Room
15 Oak Street, Suite 302
Springvale, ME 04083
Cost: $10 per farm.
So, you have hayfields and pastures that are in need of some attention?
Are you feeding your animals good quality forages?
Do you want to learn what makes a good hay crop?
This 3 hour workshop is for you!
Join Rick Kersbergen and Gary Anderson, from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension covering topics including:
Improving pasture and hayfield yield and quality, Production basics for hay and baleage, Understanding forage quality and using a forage analysis
This workshop will be presented in 9 different locations across Maine.
Soil Health for Vegetable Crops : 2 Sessions
When: March 20, 2019
April 25, 2019
Where: Downs Conference Room,
15 Oak St. Springvale ME 04083
Presenters: Frank Wertheim and Jason Lilley
Wednesday, March 20 (April 11 snow date)
Intro to Soils for Farmers and Gardeners, participants will learn about identifying soil texture, improving soil structure, and practices for building soil health.
Thursday, April 25
Building Healthy Soil for Your Farm will be a detailed discussion of farm scale practices for building soil health, including advanced cover cropping strategies, cultivation equipment selection, reduced tillage considerations, and more.
Maine Pork Producers Swine Seminar
When: April 18, 2019 8:30AM- 3:00 PM
153 Hospital Street, Augusta
Cindy Kilgore, Livestock Specialist, Me Dept of Ag, C&F
Pork Quality Assurance Certification
Dr. Michele Walsh – State Veterinarian, African Swine
Fever and its risk to Maine producers
Dr. Colt Knight – State Livestock Specialist, Extension
Jesse Morris / Robin Dyer, Wildlife Biologists from USDA, APHIS
will talk on feral swine and their danger to your livestock
Producer profile – Green Bounty Farm, Albion.
Peter and Robert Dusoe will discuss their pasture fed swine program.
Cost of seminar/lunch is $25.00 per person. $20.00 if a member of Maine Pork Producers. Please make check payable to: Maine Pork Producers Mail to: Cindy Kilgore, DACF, 28 SHS, Augusta, Me 04333-0028. Lunch count needed by 4/12/19. Questions: contact firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 215-4968
Open Farm Day
When: July 28, 2019
Mark your calendar for 30th Annual Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 28th, 2019 to experience Open Farm Day throughout the State of Maine! Open Farm Day is the fourth Sunday in July!
Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state
Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.
Deadline to register and be included in promotions is: May 1, 2019.
Here is the online registration form: https://bit.ly/MaineOpenFarmDaySignUp