2017 Events Calendar

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.

YCFN Meeting Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

Please contact Frank or Becky between 8:00am and 4:30pm at 207-324-2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu or, check WCSH Channel 6 Cancellations

NEVF 2017 Conference
NEVF 2017 Conference

December 12, 13, & 14, 2017: New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH

   The biennial New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics.  Farmer-to-Farmer meetings after each morning and afternoon session bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussions. For complete details on schedule, accommodations, exhibitors, educational credits, and more, and to register, see https://newenglandvfc.org/.

   Sponsored by the Cooperative Extension System at the Universities of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine; Cornell University; Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station; New England Vegetable and & Berry Growers Association; Massachusetts Fruit Grower's Association; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

January 9 - 11, 2018: 77th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show - Get Ready!

Where: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330


  • Tuesday, January 9:           9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday, January 10:   9am - 7pm
  • Thursday, January 11:       9am - 3pm

Admission is FREE!  This show provides an opportunity to educate the public and producers about different areas of agriculture and current agricultural products. Producers and consumers alike visit the three-day show to take stock of current programs, new technologies and to gather information on the agriculture industry. The event is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and provides promotion opportunities for businesses and organizations on the trade show floor, as well as housing various lectures, certification courses and annual meetings throughout its duration.

FMI: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/ag_trade_show.shtml.

Questions, contact info@getrealmaine.com or 207-287-3491.

January 22 - 23, 2018: Flowering in the North Flower Growers Conference

Where: East Bayside, Portland, ME

Cost: Full Conference: $110 per person. One Day: $75 per person


FMI:  https://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/flowering-in-the-north-conference/

Contact: Lynne Hazleton, lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu or (207) 781-6099. 

   This winter meeting is all about sharing knowledge about Zone 5 growing, wholesaling, retailing, and designing with farm fresh flowers.  Presentations will follow a farmer-to-farmer format.   Topics include:

  • Harvest and Post-harvest Efficiency
  • Growing Dahlia, Peony, Anemone and Ranunculus
  • Growth and Evolution, Scaling Up
  • Shoulder Season High Tunnel Production
  • Floral Design
  • Soils as the Foundation
  • Innovative Equipment
  • Varieties and Ordering: Succession Planting

   Sponsors are UMaine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.