The Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), Greenhorns, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), will co-sponsor (Put Your) Hoe Down: A Raucous Square Dance Party on Saturday, July 26 8pm at the Topsham Grange in Topsham. The event will feature Vermont dance caller Will Mentor and Old Time
Fiddle Tunes by Sassafras Stomp. Admission will be on sliding scale from $5-$20 and all event proceeds will benefit MOFGA’s Educational Programs. Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis who are musicians, MOFGA Journeypersons and farmers at Songbird Farm in Starks, Maine have organized the event. Nordell and Davis see this gathering as an opportunity to celebrate Maine agriculture. “One of the beautiful things about the farming community here is the lack of a generation gap,” says Nordell. “The farmers that started in the 70s picked up the reins from the older, rural community, and now young farmers are learning a tremendous amount from those farmers. Square dancing is a piece of our national rural culture that our generation can reclaim and revitalize – it’s fun, it’s silly, and it reflects where we’ve been.” For more information, visit www.MOFGA.org.