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
YCFN Potluck

March 7, 2018: YCFN Potluck and Pollinator Habitat presentation

When: 5:00, potluck supper; 6:00, presentation

Where: Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME  04083

   Welcome to this Wednesday Potluck, all YCFN members and guests! Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist will speak on Pollinator Habitat with an agricultural focus.  Learn more about the natural resources conservation program for farmers, EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program).  Ample question and answer period following the talk. One BPC pesticides applicator recertification credit is available for attendance at this presentation.

   In case of inclement weather, check cancellations at News Center Maine (WCSH6).  Questions? Contact: Frank Wertheim (frank.wertheim@maine.edu) or Becky Gowdy (rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu) at UMaine Extension, 207-324-2814.   

March 8, 2018:  2018 Maine Grain Conference

Where: Spectacular Events, Bangor, ME

Cost: by March 2, $30; after March 2, $40. Register here

   The Maine Grain Conference features topics related to the production and processing of small grains, pulses, and oilseeds for food and feed markets. This year's conference includes presentations on expanding crop options, seed production, and disease management, with additional talks on cultivation, green manures, and variety trials.  FMI, contact Terri Eldridge at theresa.eldridge@maine.edu or 207.581-3878. Guest speakers include:

   David Mol is a pedigreed seed producer and leading grain producer in Price Edward Island, Canada. He grows wheat, fall rye, barley, flax, and soybeans on approximately 1300 acres, and also manages about 70 acres of organic barley, soybeans, and field peas. David regularly hosts research trials on him farm, is the president of the PEI Federation of Agriculture, former president of the Canadian Seed Growers, and a member of Atlantic Grains Council.  He will give an overview of his operation and talk about the grain and seed industry on PEI, adapted varieties, storage and processing considerations, and organic production practices. 

   Dr. Heather Darby is Agronomy Specialist with University of Vermont Extension.  She runs a diverse research and outreach program including forages, grains, pulses, oilseeds, hops, hemp, and even milkweed. Heather will speak on alternative crops, organic grain disease management, and supplying livestock feed markets.

Maine Vegetable & Fruit School
Maine Vegetable & Fruit School

March 13, 2018: Maine Vegetable and Fruit School

When: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Seasons Event Center, 155 Riverside Street, Portland, ME 04103

Cost: $45 per person by February 26; $55 after February 26, includes lunch. Registration deadline: March 2, 2018.

  FMI on the event and the day's agenda, and to register, see: Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2018. Questions, contact Pamela St. Peter at  207.933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Grazing Conference
Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Grazing Conference

March 16, 2018: Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference

When:  9 am to 3 pm

Where: Kennebec Valley Community College Alfond Campus, Route 201 N/Skowhegan Road, Hinckley, ME

Cost: $60, includes lunch; see additional info below for discounts

FMI and to register: 2018 Annual Grazing Conference; Preregistration required by March 12.

   The Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) annual grazing conference's keynote address will be delivered by Jeremy Engh, owner of Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia. Cornell Extension agricultural marketing specialist Matt LeRoux will discuss profitable meat marketing. Over 10 grazing and livestock experts will lead sessions suitable for both novice and experienced graziers. MGFN is co-sponsored by UMaine Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

   The $60 fee includes lunch; each additional person from the same farm is $25. Discounts are available for students and MGFN or Maine Beef Producers Association members. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County, 207.342.5971; 800.287.1426 (in Maine); or contact Rick Kersbergen at richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

YCFN Breakfast
YCFN Breakfast

March 21, 2018: Off-the-Farm YCFN Breakfast

When8:00 am - Note, this is a Wednesday!

WhereMike's American Diner, 1132 Portland Rd, Arundel, ME 04046 (Mike's American Diner FB page)

CostFree to YCFN members, generously sponsored by Farm Credit East!

   Welcome back to the YCFN Off-the-Farm Breakfasts: don't miss this one at Mike's American Diner in Arundel.  Join fellow YCFN members and enjoy this breakfast gathering free of charge, thanks to Rob Horne and Farm Credit East.

   Be sure to check NewsCenterMaine (WCSH6) for any cancellation due to weather issues.  Questions? Call the UMaine Extension York County office at 207-324-2814.

March 29, 2018: Green Manures talk by Will Bonsall

When: 10:30 am

Where: Eldredge Lumber, 627 Rt. 1, York, ME  03909

Pre-registration required, limited seating; call 207-363-3004 or contact mclaesson@eldredgelumber.com.

  Will Bonsall is director of the Scatterseed Project and author of Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening.  He lives in Industry, ME, and has 40 years' experience with sustainable farming. His talk will focus on how home-made compost and green manures can reduce or avoid  reliance on off-site inputs, and how composting minimizes our contribution to landfills. Will questions why we would import soil fertility from somewhere else when our garden and its surroundings can produce the ingredients to maintain its own tilth.   

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.