UNITY – Part appropriate-technology movement redux, part re-skilling à la Transition Towns, and 100 percent experiential adventure, Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event in which ordinary people teach other ordinary people what they know how to do.
Farm & Homestead Day takes place on Saturday, June 13, at the Common Ground Education Center of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), at 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity.
The focus is on simple technologies that use readily available items and can be learned with no previous experience. Do you want to throw off the shackles of the consumer economy and get ready for the salvage economy? In order to use what you have, you need to know what to do with it!
No preregistration is necessary: Just show up, dressed to participate and ready to get your hands dirty! Bring friends and family — many activities are kid-friendly. The gates will open at 7 a.m. for sunrise mowing.
Please bring a dish to share for the Potluck Picnic Lunch, as well as fresh or dry ingredients to add to the Stone Soup Kettles, which will include vegan, gluten-free and meat versions. There will be an ongoing Plant Share, 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 come prepared to “pack it in, pack it out.”
More than 50 hands-on workshops are scheduled! The ever-popular fiber-arts area will feature spinning, weaving, carding and felting, as well as treadle sewing machines. Other workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, chisel-sharpening, clothes-mending, building and cooking in an earth oven and many more. A schedule and list of workshops will be posted before the event at www.mofga.org (click on Events > June > Farm & Homestead Day).
Volunteer opportunities are available to meet your schedule and skill level — and volunteers get free T-shirts! To volunteer, contact Anna Libby at [email protected] or 207-568-4142.
For more information, contact the Farm & Homestead Day Committee at [email protected] or 207-568-7597.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The purpose of the Association is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.