2018 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 News Center Maine (WCSH 6) Cancellations

YCFN Potluck: Food Safety for Farmers
YCFN Potluck: Food Safety for Farmers

April 24, 2018: YCFN Potluck and Food Safety for Farmers Workshop

When: 5:30 pm, potluck dinner; 6:00 pm, presentation

Where: Extension office building, 21 Bradeen St., Nasson Heritage Room (basement level), Springvale, ME 04083

Cost: Free, potluck items welcomed; beverages provided.

   Learn about on-farm hazards that may lead to food-borne illness as well as the practices that all farmers can implement to minimize risks.  Farmers produce food to provide healthy sustenance for their communities. Yet there are a number of ways disease-producing organisms can enter the food stream.  Join UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Professional, Jason Lilley, to discuss this and the basics of the Food Safety Modernization Act and who must comply. (Does not meet FSMA training requirements.)

    Questions? Contact: Frank Wertheim (frank.wertheim@maine.edu) at UMaine Extension, 207-324-2814. 


QuickBooks Pro for Farmers Intro
QuickBooks Pro for Farmers Intro

April 26, 2018: Introduction to QuickBooks Pro for Farmers (rescheduled from Feb. 8)

When: 9 am to 12 noon

Where: UMaine Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, #104, Falmouth, ME 04105

Cost: Free, pre-registration required

Contact: Pamela St. Peter, 207-233-2700 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu

   This free workshop, presented by QuickBooks ProAdvisors from Austin Associates, is for farmers who are first-time users of QuickBooks, or with less that one year's experience. The instructors will introduce the basics of QuickBooks Pro, including setting up a chart of accounts, customers, vendor bills and bank reconciliation. They will demonstrate QuickBooks Pro™ using the Desktop version for PC's, and will also answer questions about the online version of QuickBooks. It's not necessary to have the software as this is an introductory workshop. No computers are necessary, but you may bring your laptop if you'd like. 

   Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. To register or request a disability accommodation, contact Pamela St. Peter, 207-933-2700, pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

Ag Labor Field Day Invitation to Exhibit
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May 3: Agricultural Labor Field Day

When: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; register as exhibitor/provider by April 26, 2018.

Where: Alfond Rec Center, Kennebec Valley Community College Hinckley Campus, Hinckley, Maine 

   Join agricultural service providers, employers, labor industry groups, and KVCC staff to find or prepare for a professional or academic career in a variety of agricultural areas. Workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and the Department of Labor (DOL) will be available to participants to review resumes and offer job searching advice. DOL staff will also be available to employers to offer technical assistance in developing job descriptions, recruiting skilled employees, posting job opportunities, find funding for training, increase employee engagement, and much more. In addition, KVCC will also provide farm tours during the event. See Farm Labor Link Network for more details, and to register for this event.

   Questions about registering as a provider at this event? Contact Yvette Meunier, 207.287.7625,  Yvette.Meunier@maine.gov.