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MOFGA's Common Ground Fair - 2013

http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/ScheduleofEvents/tabid/106/Default.aspx

The 2013 MOFGA fair schedule of workshops is finally available.


Friday, September 20
9:00am
Bike Trailer Builder Forum;
Native American Games;
Compost & Recycling Paper Project;
Compost & Recycling Tent Tours
Vegetable, Flower & Fruit Judging
Farm Activities with Kids: Grind Grain, Make Butter, Cider, and Bread! Play Chess Too!
Fleece Sale Spinning Demo

9:30am
Seed Germination
Directional Felling with a chainsaw
Goat Milking Demonstration
Oxen Demonstrations
Mowing with a Team

10:00am
HUmanure: Its a Resource!
Farmstead Tour
Goat Milking Demonstration
Harnessing a Horse
People Powered Bike Parade: Celebration of Wheeled Mobility
A Restorative Approach to Everyday Living
Return of American Chestnuts
Mowing Techniques for European Scythes
Root Cellaring: Design, Store, and Cook From Your Land
Garlic planting demonstration
Grafting Tomatoes and Other Vegetable Crops
Pumpkin Varieties
Q&A: Organic Crops - Drop by & Ask the Experts
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
What Forests & Prairies Can Teach Us
Choosing the Right Fleece
Perspectives on Innovative European Forestry
Creating Healthy and Happy Families
Nourishing the Nervous System
Clipping Cattle for Show
Goat Hoof Trimming
Goat Milking Demo
Listen Carefully: understand your horse and get to ÒworkÓ
Meet the Icelandic Horse, a Versatile Breed
Raising Heritage Breed Pigs
Raising Turkeys
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
Learn to Play the Spoons
Cold Weather Housing in Alaska
Ash Log Pounding Demo
Bow-Making Demo
Knitted Garment Closures Class
Make a Leather Pouch, Class: $10
Quills on Birch Bark Class
Soundings Life Breath
Agricultural/Forestry Projects at MeANS
Bioleveraging: Advanced Soil Building
Tour of Low Impact Forestry Harvest in Progress: Draft Animal and Human Powered Options at Work
Plant Weaving
Wilderness Expedition Activities
Woodland Exploration
Woods Skills and Activities
Food & Farms Quest
Bark Dyeing
Horse Drawn Rides
Spreading Compost with a Team

10:30am
Garden Parade (arrive 15 min. early to dress)
Raw Foods: Raw Corn Chowder

11:00am
Drop Spinning Workshop
Forestry for Kids
Top Bar Bee Hives: the How and Why
Gear Up YOUR Community! Get Bike Friendly
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Investing in Maine to Make Maine a Better Place
Making Molded Maple Sugar
Beginning Seed Saving for Home Gardeners
Changing weather for farmers and gardeners
Chinese Therapeutic Movement
Fermentation and Food Relocalization
4-H Youth Development, how to become involved
Games on Horseback that Teach
Hoof Care for Sheep
The Morgan Horse in Maine
Serving Beanhole Beans
Fully-Automated Wood Pellet Central Heating
Basket Weaving Demo
Cinnamon Rolls Over Campfire
Felt a Sampler, Class: $12
Foraging & Wild Plant Walk
Processing Acorns into Flour
Clearing Chakras to Restore Balance and Vitality
Connecting Youth with the STEM in their Community

12:00pm
Easy Bike Fit Forum
Cooperatives 101
Intro. to Vermicomposting (Worm Composting)
Making Mead in Maine
Why I Enjoy The Common Ground Fair
Mowing Techniques for European Scythes
Advanced Seed Saving
Conserving Farmland for the Next Generation
Q&A Meet Up: Farm Apprenticeships
Soil Trench Overview
Alpaca: Choose The Best Fleece For Your Handspun Project
Building Woods Roads & Trails
Transformative Power of Story
Women's Herbs, Women's Health
Calm the Nervous Horse
Gould Academy: Our School Farm
Guinea Hen Breeding
Routine Sheep Hoof Trimming & Care
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
Trimming the Fijord's Mane
DEFFA Sing-Along
Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes
Kolunkayowan Wikpiyik - Protecting the Ash for Future Generations
The Tarot: a Glimpse into the Cards
Creating Garden Ecosystems Using Permaculture

12:30pm
Cooking with bean flour, and baking with cooked beans

1:00pm
What to Look for When Purchasing an Older Tractor
Honey Bee Swarms: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know
Women's Tyre Repair
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Growing Medical Cannabis in Maine
Making Hard Cider
Sharpening the European Scythe
Building the Modular Moveable Hoophouse
Soils of Maine
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
Methods of Shearing an Angora Rabbit
Thinning For Value
Preventing Cesarean Birth
All About St John's Wort
Birthing Lambs and Improving Survivability
Clipping Cattle for Show
Fitting the Driving Harness
Q&A: Organic Livestock - Drop by & Ask our Expert
Raising Backyard Beef
Learn to Play the Spoons
Sustainable Home Heating Options for Maine
Home Funeral How-To
Astrology 101 - the Basics
FoodCorps and Farm to School Programming in Maine
What's the impact of the proposed E/W Corridor?
Saw Mill Demonstrations

1:30pm
Canning and Freezing Basics
Directional Felling with a chainsaw
Log Scooting Contest

2:00pm
People Powered Bike Parade: Celebration of Wheeled Mobility
Maine Feminist Herstory
Tree Crops You Didn't Know You Could Grow in Maine
Backyard Grain Growing
Felt Ball Making
Spinning in the Grease
Identifying & Managing Invasive Plants
Natural Ways to Deal with Depression
Medicinal Herbs and the Chakras
Driving & Riding the Draft Horse: Special Considerations
General Goat Care and Knowledge
Improving Internal Parasite Resistance in Your Flock
Pasture Renovation
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
How to Eat Local All Year Long
Certified Organic Demystified
Changing Maine's Carbon Future with Solar Energy
Cornelia 'Flyrod' Crosby
Foraging & Wild Plant Walk
Knitted Thumb Gussets Class
Knots & Lashings Class
Make Wooden Spatula, Class: $10
Wilderness Camp Setup
Dispelling the Myths of Wicca
Unschooling
Mowing with a Team Continues
Plowing Demonstrations

2:30pm
Garden Parade (arrive 15 min. early to dress)
Mrs. Thrift Cooks w/ Herbs!

3:00pm
Trike Forum: Stable, Accesible, and Liberating
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Israel & Palestine: Getting to Peace
Apple Tasting: Come Vote for Your Favorites
Cover Crops for Northeast Farms and Gardens
Frame-less Raised Beds/Low Tunnels-Roll Up Sides
Indoor Gardening and Sprouting
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
Bringing Fiber Work to Market
Q & A With Low Impact Forestry Professionals
Urinary Incontinence
Buying a Draft Horse and Harnessing a Team
Cows on Parade
Draft Goats: Raising, Training, Outfitting
Teaching Your Riding Horse to Drive
Q&A: Organic Certification - Drop by & Ask the Experts
Solar Heating technologies for home and business
Bow Drill Fire Class
Felt a Sampler, Class: $12
Homemade Outdoor Kids Clothes
Waldorf Schools: An Organic Education
Mediumship

3:30pm
Veggies and Eggs

4:00pm
Goat Hoof Care
Time Banking State Initiative
MOFGA's New Maine Heritage Orchard - Saving Maine's Traditional Apples and Pears
Old World/New World Crops
Homeopathy and Cancer Treatment
Raising Sheep & Goats Organically
Heat Local - Advances in Maine Pellet Technology
Mushrooms of forest and field

4:30pm
Electric Bike Forum

5:00pm
Beekeeping for Beginners
Thinking for Collaboration
Small Mesh Hay Nets: Less Waste, Healthier Horse


So many great topics to consider this year. It should be lots of fun.

The 10am Garlic talk will be done by Mark Guzzi. He is very knowledgeable on the topic. He produces garlic for a living.

There will also be a demo on grafting tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. Done by a guy from Johnny's. I have never tried to graft these plants. That might be interesting.

The 11am workshop on local investing might be interesting also.

At noon there is a Q&A for Farm Apprentices, I bet that will be interesting to hear their experiences. Also for anyone who has considered being an Apprentice. Maybe going on to start-up a new farm. I know a couple people who got into Apprenticeships this year.

12:30 Bean Flour Demo; I know that lady. Pizza from beans, breads, cakes, cookies, last year she figured out how to make chocolate brownies that were gluten-free. Good stuff. Can't wait to see what new recipes she has for us this year :)

The 2pm workshop on tree crops should be interesting. I already have lemons, figs, bay-laurel, pomegranate, and I am working on producing olives in Maine. I wonder what other crops they have worked out for us?

Will Bonsall is always a great speaker sharing his experiences with grain crops.

3pm John Bunker's Apple Tasting often includes sampling 30 to 40 different varieties of local apples.
 

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Here is the second day's schedule:

Saturday, September 21

9:00am
Easy Tyre Repair
Thinking for Collaboration
Plarn - Crochet with Plastic Yarn
Grass fed vegetables
Medicinal Herbs and the Chakras
Compost & Recycling Paper M‰chŽ Project
Compost & Recycling Tent Tours
Art, Crafts, Canned Goods & Dried Foods Judging
Farm Activities with Kids: Grind Grain, Make Butter, Cider, and Bread! Play Chess Too!
Fleece Sale
Spinning Demo
Plowing Demonstrations
Spreading Compost with a Team

9:30am
Seed Germination
Food processing made simple and quick
Directional Felling with a chainsaw
Goat Milking Demonstration
Oxen Demonstrations

10:00am
Goat Milking Demonstration
Harnessing a Horse
People Powered Bike Parade: Celebration of Wheeled Mobility
Permablitz: communities creating edible gardens
Sock Darning OR Rethinking 'Trash'
Growing Grapes in Maine
Mowing Techniques for European Scythes
Garlic Planting Demonstration
Q&A: Organic Crops - Drop by & Ask the Experts
Soil Block Demonstration
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
What Forests & Prairies Can Teach Us
Harry S Truman Manure Pitch - Distance Toss
Green Up Your Clean Up
Work Hard Pain Free
Herbs for Curious Kids
Clipping Cattle for Show
Equine Acupressure & Shiatsu Demonstration
Equine Dentistry
Git That Bug! Fun With Biological Control
Goat Hoof Trimming
Goat Milking Demo
Raising Heritage Breed Pigs
Raising Rabbits Organically
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
Learn to Play the Spoons
Monolithic Heated Slab Foundations
Bow-Making Demo
Knitted Garment Closures Class
Processing Acorns into Flour
Quills on Birch Bark Class
Nia: Movement for Health, Wellness, & Fitness
4-H Youth Development: How to Become Involved
Mainers Working to Bring Back the Navajo Churro
Tour of Low Impact Forestry
Harvest in Progress: Draft Animal and Human Powered Options at Work
Donkey and Mule Show
Wilderness Expedition Activities
Woods Skills and Activities
Bark Dyeing
Horse Drawn Rides
Fleece Judging

10:30am
Garden Parade (arrive 15 min. early to dress)
Mrs. Thrift Cooks w/ Herbs!

11:00am
Inkle Weaving
ELF. The Future of Short Commutes!
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Toxic-Free Tips and Taking Action
What's the East-West Corridor really all about?
Intro. to Vermicomposting (Worm Composting)
MOFGA Orchard Tour: What We Do & Why
MOFGA's New Maine Heritage Orchard - Saving Maine's Traditional Apples and Pears
Making Molded Maple Sugar
Beginning Seed Saving for Home Gardeners
Firewood Production & Mgmt.
Strengthen Your Immune System: Choose Health
Integrative Herbalism for Menstrual Difficulties
Honoring Women Farmers and Gardeners, Locally and Globally
Basic Horselogging: Is your horse ready?
Preparing Sheep for Show
Use & Care of Mules
Women With Wings
Solar 101 & Heat pumps
Beadwork Demonstration
Cornelia 'Flyrod' Crosby
Felt a Sampler, Class: $12
Foraging & Wild Plant Walk
Homemade Outdoor Kids Clothes
Make a Canoe Paddle Demo
Wood Splitting for Camp
Qigong: Harmonizing Body and Earth Energies
Mindfulness Helps Children Thrive
Guard Animals in Sustainable Farming
Four Abreast Mule Hitch
Riding Cultivator Demonstration

12:00pm
Sharpening the European Scythe
Honey Bee Colony Collapse and Organic Solutions
Cargo Bike Forum
The Cuban Five are political prisoners
Starting a Home Orchard
Why I Enjoy The Common Ground Fair
Advanced Seed Saving
Food Hubs: Creating new opportunities for Farmers
Q&A Meet Up: Farm Apprenticeships
Soil Trench Overview
Human Scale Woodlot Tools and Small Machines
Is a Birth Doula for You?
Herbal Greens for Health
Becoming the Horse's Human
Dairy Goats for Mutual Profit & Joy
Gould Academy: Our School Farm
Loosening up Neck & Poll Tension in Horses
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
Serving Beanhole Beans
Maine Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers
A Small House For Barbara
Ash Basketweaving Demo
Make a Leather Pouch, Class: $10
Healing with Nature
Youth Putting Change on the School Lunch Menu
Seed Exchange

12:30pm
Crafting and Canning Jams and Preserves

1:00pm
Children's Pie & Natural Dessert Judging
What to Look for When Purchasing an Older Tractor
Recumbents Forum
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Rural Economic Development through Renewables
Craft Beer in Maine
Mowing Techniques for European Scythes
Biodynamics & Permaculture
Building the Modular Moveable Hoophouse
Organizing for our Collective Success
Restoration Agriculture
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
Choosing the Right Fleece
Directional Felling with a chainsaw
Stress: What it is and does, what to do about it
Women's Herbs, Women's Health
Backyard Chickens 101: Basics for Beginners
Calm the Nervous Horse
Clipping Cattle for Show
Exploring Small Heritage Poultry
Improving Internal Parasite Resistance in Your Flock
Q&A: Organic Livestock - Drop by & Ask our Expert
Training Your Horse When You Have No Time
Folk Dance and Balkan Women's Choir
Fueling Your Home with Solar Electricity
Burnurwurbskek Drum Performance
Home Funeral How-To
Zero waste and sustainability at Chewonki
Saw Mill Demonstrations

1:30pm
Log Scooting Contest
Plowing & Harrowing Demonstrations with Horses, Mules, and Oxen

2:00pm
HUmanure: Its a Resource!
Common Ground Country Fair Poster Signing
Top Bar Bee Hives: the How and Why
People Powered Bike Parade: Celebration of Wheeled Mobility
A Slow Money Conversation
Building a Diverse Movement for Change
Food Waste in the US
Intro. to Fermentation
Commercial Cider and Wine Production in Maine
Backyard Grain Growing
Farmland Accessibility: A Community Issue
Dyeing with Indigo
10 Common Landowner Mistakes
Harry S Truman Manure Pitch - Basket Fill Toss
Medical Cannabis 101
Relieve Stress & Anxiety with Native Botanicals
Basic Ground Driving
Birthing Lambs and Improving Survivability
Equine Acupressure & Shiatsu Demonstration
Forecart, Arch, Hooks and Chains- Draft-drawn Tools to Help Get Jobs Done
General Goat Care & Knowledge
Multi Species Grazing
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
Maine Made Wood Pellets
Foraging & Wild Plant Walk
Homemade Rocket Stove Demo
Knitted Thumb Gussets Class
Kolunkayowan Wikpiyik - Protecting the Ash for Future Generations
Choosing the right sleepaway camp
Public Policy Teach-In: MaineÕs GMO Labeling Campaign Ð Where We Go From Here

2:30pm
Garden Parade (arrive 15 min. early to dress)

3:00pm
Farmstead Tour
Film: Return of the Scorcher
Anti-Globalization Storytelling
Give me liberty: Fostering freedom in 2013
Home Composting
Seasonal Salads
Apple Tasting: Come Vote for Your Favorites
Bootstrappin: Everything a new farmer needs to know but was afraid to ask
Root Cellaring: Design, Store, and Cook From Your Land
Wet & Dry Seed Saving
Afghanistan's Wool Revival
Q & A With Low Impact Forestry Professionals
Feels Like You Got Hit By A Bus...
Medicine Trees
Cows on Parade
Driving the Pony Wagon
Helping the Draft Horse Break Old Habits
Raising Geese
Routine Sheep Hoof Trimming & Care
Teaching Donkeys to Drive
Logging and River Driving Songs
Q&A: Organic Certification - Drop by & Ask the Experts
Sustainable Home Heating Options for Maine
Bow Drill Fire Class
Felt a Sampler, Class: $12
Make Wooden Spatula, Class: $10
Animal Communication
Climate Reality: What each of needs to know and do

4:00pm
Film: Return of the Scorcher
Goat Hoof Care
Successfully Wintering Honeybees in Maine
History of Radical Journalism in Maine
Intro. to Vermicomposting (Worm Composting)
Nicaraguan Cabbage Trick
Fermentation Q&A
Old World/New World Crops
All About St John's Wort
Driving 4 Draft Horses Abreast: Demonstration
Farming with Carnivores
Navigating Renewable Energy Options
Bake Date Squares over Campfire
Wat the Masters know and Understand about Life, Love
What's the impact of the proposed E/W Corridor?
Living Gluten-Free

5:00pm
Israel & Palestine: Getting to Peace
Edible Landscaping
Managing Soil
Organic Matter
Turkish Delights: A WWOOFers Odyssey in Asia Minor
Draft Goats: Raising, Training, Outfitting
Keeping Horses Barefoot Successfully
 

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On Saturday I am looking at these;
10:00am-
a. Permablitz: communities creating edible gardens. I know the folks doing this, I have been helping them a bit by sharing a few tonnes of manure with them and with some of their projects. One lady's peach trees are producing a huge crop of peaches this year. So I really should attend this to support them. Man I love Maine peaches :)

b. Growing Grapes in Maine. I put in a dozen grapes last year, this year I trained them onto a row-trellis. I would really like to extend it a few more dozen vines.

c. Monolithic Heated Slab Foundations. This is usually a good discussion on the benefits of radiant flooring, with a side of Btu math for heating the envelope.


11:00am
a. What's the East-West Corridor really all about? I think this should be a great discussion.

b. Solar 101 & Heat pumps. I think this should be really good too. The tech in 'mini-split heat-pumps' are coming along really well for use in the Maine climate region.


12:00pm
a. Honey Bee Colony Collapse and Organic Solutions. As a beekeeper, this is a topic that really buzzes with me.

b. Q&A Meet Up: Farm Apprenticeships. Two friends of mine went into Apprenticeships this year. I really want to show them support, and to hear their experiences as they learn to become farmers.

c. Seed Exchange. How can anyone resist swapping free seeds?


1:00pm
a. Craft Beer in Maine. I know these guys also. I should support them. Most of their functions include free beer [they can not give-away beer at the fair though] :(

b. Biodynamics & Permaculture. again I know these guys.

c. Improving Internal Parasite Resistance in Your Flock. I should brush-up on this topic.

d. Fueling Your Home with Solar Electricity. I am in 'mid-build' of our solar array, so this should be very topical.


2:00pm
a. HUmanure: Its a Resource! What we all need to know.

b. Commercial Cider and Wine Production in Maine. Also very topical for me.

c. Backyard Grain Growing. This guy is great. If you go to anything at the fair, you have got to listen to him. He runs a non-profit seed-bank of over 4,000 ancient heritage species.

d. Public Policy Teach-In: Maine's GMO Labeling Campaign; Where We Go From Here.


3:00pm
a. Medicine Trees. I bet this should be interesting. I have a few.

b. Sustainable Home Heating Options for Maine


4:00pm
a. Successfully Wintering Honeybees in Maine. I have not mastered this skill yet.

b. Farming with Carnivores. Should be interesting.


So you see, for some of these hour slots, there are multiple workshops that I would like to attend. The hard part is deciding which one?
 

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This sounds like a great time :) Looks like a lot of cool stuff going on. I've never been to Maine, but if/when I travel there, maybe during the fair is the time to visit.

Hopefully you'll give an update FBK as to the happenings and maybe some pics too :)
 

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was ready to go then mapquest told me 240 one way for gas nope not going to happen looks great though will have to see if mi has something like this closer any one no of something closer to mi.? pm if you do.
 

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It started in the 70's when the communes were still big, and they were first forming the 'Certified Organic' paradigm. The last few years they have been getting between 20,000 and 25,000 through the gates each day. Parking lot attendants, ticket takers, grounds-keepers, etc is all staffed by volunteers. Do a 4-hour shift working and they feed you a meal. There is a large crowd of folks who hitch-hike to the fair and camp in the woods nearby.

For folks who are homesteading, trying to support themselves by making goat cheese, or growing veggies, it is a great benefit.

I attend all three days, and I am usually in workshops all day long. Each year I fill a notebook with ideas.

For anyone in this region, trying to make a go of off-grid sustainable homesteading, it is a must attend event.
 

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HUGE crowd !

Great day

I sat in a presentation about grafting tomatoes. I thought it was going to be a stupid topic, but it sounded like the most interesting workshop they had for the time-slot. The guy works p/t for Johnny's and p/t time running his own greenhouse and marketing tomatoes. He [they] have developed tomato varieties that have strong rootstock totally resistant to all soil-borne disease. He grafts heirloom tops onto these rootstock and produces plants that are twice as big with huge crops. My Dw and I both found it very interesting. We have no plans to begin grafting tomatoes, but it is a neat idea.

We attended a presentation on germinating seeds. Which was pretty good.

I assisted with a demo of recipes developed using bean-flour. A lady grows beans herself, dries them, grinds them to flour. She has developed recipes to make breads, pizza, cookies, snack crackers, and chocolate fudge from beans. It was a much larger crowd from last year. They were all very complementary of her baked goods.

I went to a presentation on tree crops. I had thought that I had planted every possible edible tree that would grow in Maine. But, I was in error. Now I know of a few more types of trees that produce food. On the other hand, I have a few things that none of them are growing. Now I have a list of other trees I must find.

Lastly I attended a workshop on solar-heating. I am not done with our solar-power yet, I still hope to finish it this year and get off-grid before spring. Then my next big project will be solar-heating for our home. I should be able to reduce our fuel consumption to less than a cord.

It was a productive day.
 
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