UNITY, Maine — Join MOFGA this summer as we explore homesteads and more!
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is hosting a new series of tours this summer called Gather & Grow, which will explore Maine gardens, homesteads, a seaweed nursery and a coffee roaster. MOFGA members, gardeners and the public are invited to attend, and entrance is by donation. Here is the schedule:
Garden Pest and Disease Walk at a Community Garden
July 12, 6 p.m., 195 North Street, Portland
Join Eric Sideman, MOFGA’s organic crop specialist, as we explore one of Cultivating Community’s community gardens and learn about summer insects and diseases in the garden. Meet at 195 North Street in Portland, near the Eastern Promenade.
Tour a Coffee Roaster
July 19, 5:30 p.m., 44 North Coffee, Deer Isle
Founded on the principle that fresh and ethically sourced coffee sips best, MOFGA-certified organic 44 North custom roasts 100 percent Arabica coffee beans on a small island off the coast of Maine.
Seaweed Nursery Tour
July 26, CCAR, Franklin
The sea vegetable nursery at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) supports development of the new sea vegetable aquaculture industry in Maine through research, development and seed provision of native sea vegetable species, including sugar kelp, skinny kelp, winged kelp, dulse and laver. The nursery, MOFGA-certified organic since 2016, will be offering organic seed for sale this year.
Garden Walk with MOFGA Members June and Adam
August 7, 5:30 p.m., Avant Gardens, 751 High Street, West Gardiner
Avant Gardens is an experiment in retirement homesteading. On just less than 2 acres, Adam Tomash and June Zellers have fruit trees, berry bushes, grapes, asparagus, bees, pollinator gardens and a thriving organic vegetable garden. They aim to grow almost all of their own produce in a sustainable manner.
Explore a Fiber Farm
August 15, 5:30 p.m., Friends’ Folly Farm, Monmouth
Join us for an evening at a fiber-focused farm. Meet the Angora goats, tour the fiber processing mill, visit a yurt that includes fiber products and vintage treasures. Then sample a light meal featuring goat meat chili and homemade bread and cheese. The farm is just off Route 202. For directions, see friendsfollyfarm.com.
Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts
September 5, 5:30 p.m., Super Chilly Farm, Palermo
Join famed apple expert John Bunker and Cammy Watts at their homestead in Palermo to explore their orchards and learn more about Maine’s apple heritage.
—Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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