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September 2018

Forever Farm Party at Romac Orchard & Goat Hill

September 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Romac Orchard & Goat Hill, 1149 H Rd
Acton, ME 04001 United States

Wednesday, Spetember 12th 4-7PM Romac Orchard & Goat Hill was protected last summer through a collaboration between MFT, Three Rivers Land Trust, and the Town of Acton The orchards have produced apples for the wholesale market for 80 years, and the hilltop has long been a cherished destination for year-round and seasonal residents of the region. Come celebrate farmland protection and community collaboration in Acton. Music will be preformed by Darlin' Corey, a duo made up of Erica Brown and Matt…

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I Went to the Animal Fair – Finding Common Ground Art Show

September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MFT Gallery’s new show, I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground, features Belfast artist Kerstin Engman’s oil paintings on the first floor, with works by Andre Benoit, Frances Hynes, Leslie Moore, and Julie Cyr on the second floor. Kerstin’s works for this show are inspired by the animals, goods, and people at the Common Ground Fair Country Fair. To create her signature style, she applies paint in layers of darks, lights, and color to add texture and depth…

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September Open Studio Day at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm

September 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348 United States

Artists in summer residence at Fiore Art Center share their work with the public. Studios open for viewing and visiting with the artists. Fiore Art Center and exhibit open for viewing, grounds open for walking. Live music and free ice cream. Featured Artists: Clif Travers: Travers grew up in the mountains near Sugarloaf. One of his current bodies of work, The Medicine Cabinets, grew from three years of interviews with people around the country. Travers asked each person: “What would…

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October 2018

Decision Making for your Farm’s Future

October 3, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
University of Maine, Machias: Science Building, Room 102, 116 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, ME 04654 United States

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Program will be putting on an informative farm succession workshop for wild blueberry growers thinking about retiring, selling, or passing the farm on. Existing farmers are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch provided! Guest speakers from MFT, Land for Good and Greenhorns. Register for FREE HERE or by calling Colby Darling at 207.581.2892. Questions? Email Lily, lily.calderwood@maine.edu     The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,…

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November 2018

Selling Up: Business Succession in Maine’s Food-Based Economy

November 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Selling a food-based business while maintaining its essential character and role in the local food economy is no small task. It's never too early to start planning! Come learn from Maine experts and food-based business owners, farmers, and fishermen who have successfully transitioned their businesses, be it to their employees, their children, or to unrelated buyers. Choose from break-out sessions on worker ownership models, legal and financial considerations, family dynamics, and more. This event is associated with the Food Studies…

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Farm to Glass for Portland Beer Week

November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave.
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join Oxbow for a night to celebrate & educate about Maine's interconnected beer & farming industries. Get a taste of what it takes to make Maine-grown ingredients in Maine-made beer. We will have tasting flights of 5 all-Maine ingredient beers. Proceeds to benefit MFT! Join us for panels & presentations by grain farmers, hop growers, and brewers. The event is free and open to the public. Flights are $10. Ages 21+ Oxbow Blending and Bottling  (49 Washington Ave, Portland)

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2018 Annual Meeting

November 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011
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A lunch & learn meeting to hear more about the key role dairy farms play in Maine’s agricultural landscape. See the premiere of MFT’s new short video about a multi-generational dairy farm in Skowhegan, and hear from a panel of dairy farmers. Brief board business will include board elections. This year’s meeting will be held midday to be accessible for dairy farmers. ***Lunch will be provided*** 11am - 1pm Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011 Parking situation: There are a…

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The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St
Portland, Maine

Maine Historical Society Thursday, November 15, 6:00 pm No matter how many seasons they have been with their soil, farmers develop a strong connection with their land. For each farmer, this relationship is unique and therefore, manifests differently into the food we eat and the communities we live in. MFT will host three storytellers for live event at the Maine Historical Society to explore these relationships. The yearlong exhibitions, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, will be open and available…

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Calling all farmers: We need your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine!

November 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 17, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Calling all farmers: We need your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine! How can state government and other service and education providers better support YOU? Please help us develop an assessment of farmer needs and priorities to inform program development, state government, and service and education providers supporting farmers and Maine’s agricultural economy. Attend an upcoming work session to share your thoughts about what you need to strengthen your farm business and grow Maine agriculture.…

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December 2018

4th Annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference

December 3, 2018
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr
Augusta, ME 04330 United States

For farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners & service providers. Join us for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. Are you a farmer wondering what will happen when you're ready to stop farming? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner thinking about making your property available for farming? Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?…

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Belfast Holiday Art Walk and Artist Talks

December 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artists featured in our current exhibit, HOMELAND, will give talks that will coincide with the Belfast Holiday Art Walk on Friday, December 7th at 5pm, with a reception following from 5:30-8pm. HOMELAND will be up in our Belfast Gallery from November 12th, 2018 through March 1st, 2019. For more information on the show, read here.

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January 2019

20th Anniversary Kick Off!

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The United Farmer’s Market, 18 Spring St
Belfast, ME 04915 United States

Join us for a festive hometown gathering to look back at MFT's many milestones since 1999, and celebrate the founders and members who helped to shape the organization along the way.  Learn about exciting plans for our 20th year and how you can get involved! Thursday, January 24th, 2019 6-8PM United Farmer's Market of Maine 18 Spring St., Belfast (snow date January 31st) There will be hearty snacks, local beer & wine, an interactive timeline of MFT's history, a new…

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