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 the Extension office admin. between 8:00am and 4:30pm at 207-324-2814 or email elizabeth.clock@maine.edu  extension.york@maine.edu or, check News Center Maine (WCSH 6) Cancellations





Are you Considering Buying or Selling a Farm in Maine?

When: February 26, 2019 Potluck 5:30 PM, Talk at 6:15 PM

Where: Downs Conference Room, 15 Oak St. Springvale, ME 04083

 

Presented by Nina Young—Designated Broker for Maine Farms Realty

and Project Development Specialist at Maine Farmland Trust.

Nina will explain the process by which one can successfully buy or sell a farm in Maine. Aspects of both processes will include pricing, financing, marketing and agricultural conservation easements. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.



NxLevel Tilling the Soil Opportunity Course

Sessions: December 12, January 16, January 23, February 6, February 13, February 27 

Where:  Kennebec Valley Community College - Farm Center in Hinckley, Maine

Cost: $275 per Farm for all 6 sessions or $50 per Session

 

The instructor, Jed Beach of FarmSmart Business Services, has designed this course for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Maine Farms for the Future Program. The course is certified to provide Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training Credit. In the six sessions you will learn and discuss :  Update your business goals - compare where you are now with where you want to be, Determine which crops are helping or hindering your goals, Evaluate existing & potential markets, Improve your time & people management skills, Create production and marketing plans that meet your goals, Evaluate potential financing opportunities and identify your best options, Write your new business plan - then make it a reality! Click here to learn more!



 Off the Farm, Winter Breakfast

When: February 19, 2019 at 8AM 

Where: Mikes American Diner

               1132 Portland Rd, Arundel, ME 04046

 

    Join your fellow farmers for an informal sponsored breakfast gathering by Farm Credit East, Ethan Robertson.  The meetings have been well attended and a wonderful farmer-to-farmer networking opportunity over the past few years. The purpose of the meetings is to socialize, enjoy breakfast together, informally share ideas and discuss what we want to see happen with the York County Farmers’ Network activities in 2019. 



 Off the Farm, Winter Breakfast

When: March 19, 2019 at 8AM 

Where: Mikes American Diner

               1132 Portland Rd, Arundel, ME 04046

 

    Join your fellow farmers for an informal sponsored breakfast gathering by Casella Organics. The meetings have been well attended and a wonderful farmer-to-farmer networking opportunity over the past few years. The purpose of the meetings is to socialize, enjoy breakfast together, informally share ideas and discuss what we want to see happen with the York County Farmers’ Network activities in 2019. 



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.

Register now! https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/got-hayfields-and-pastures/  



Soil Health for Vegetable Crops : 2 Sessions

When: April 11, 2019 time TBD

             April 25, 2019

Where: TBD 

Presenters: Frank Wertheim and Jason Lilley 

 



 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. For more information and to register please click here!

 


Please Note Our New Mailing Address:

York County Extension Association (YCEA)
York County Extension Office
15 Oak Street, Suite 302
Springvale, ME 04083

 

In Maine Phone: 800-287-1535

Local Phone: 207-324-2814

email the YCFN office

Share this page on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

Click "York County Farmers' Network" below to visit our Facebook page.