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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

Get ready to get dirty! Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The focus at F&H Day at MOFGA is on skills ancient or modern that use readily available items and can be learned with no previous experience. (Courtesy Photo)

UNITY, Maine — Join us for a day of collaborative, hands-on skill building! Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) is a 100 percent hands-on, FREE event where people of all ages come together to share and learn about resilient skills handy for the modern farm and homestead. It’s for anyone looking to live simply and close to the earth.

Here’s a peek at what you might find yourself participating in, with over 50 workshops scheduled:

  • Repair a sweater with needle felting or rewire a small electrical appliance.
  • Carve a wooden spoon.
  • Put together a worm-powered compost bin to take home.
  • Forage for an herbal first aid kit.
  • Make cheese, butter, pita bread, sauerkraut and more…
  • Learn to drive a pony cart or teach goats to pull.
  • Work together to plant a pollinator garden.
  • Slaughter and butcher a chicken and we will cook the meat in our stone soup.

The focus at F&H Day at MOFGA is on skills ancient or modern that use readily available items and can be learned with no previous experience.

Farm & Homestead Day takes place on June 17 at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity, Maine. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with tea and crumpets (and at 7 a.m. for those who want to help scythe a berm), with skill-sharing workshops running from 9:30 to 4:30. No pre-registration is necessary.

Join together for a potluck picnic lunch at noon. Enjoy freshly baked bread and butter, made from flour ground and cream churned during a morning workshop, along with bean-hole beans and scrumptious stone soup (with vegan, gluten-free and meat versions). Bring a dish from home to share – something that does not need to be heated or refrigerated.

There will be an ongoing plant swap, so please bring your extra seedlings or divided perennials to share (don’t forget to label your plants).

Participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their own trash and to come prepared to “pack it in, pack it out.”

A schedule and list of workshops will be posted before the event at www. mofga.org (click on Events > June > Farm & Homestead Day).

Volunteers are welcome and appreciated, with opportunities to help the day before, the day of and after the event. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt! To volunteer, contact Anna Libby at alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.

For more information, contact the Farm & Homestead Day Committee atfarmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net or 207-568-7597.

—Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

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