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NODPA’s 10th Annual Field Days And Producer Meeting
October 7 and 8, MOFGA's Common Ground Fairgrounds in Unity Main

Save the dates! NODPA Field Days will be October 7th and 8th at MOFGA's Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity, Maine and is shaping up to be a great educational and social event. Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) will be attending and has been invited to address the group at NODPA’s Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday evening and to lead a Q & A session on the Final Access to Pasture Rule on Friday.

Renewable energy strategies and opportunities will be the main focus of our educational program, in both our workshop sessions and for our tours. Thursday afternoon, we plan to visit NODPA President Henry Perkins’ farm where he will highlight his sunflower oil operation and the farming practices that save energy in his operation. We will then tour the MOFGA headquarters at the Common Grounds fairgrounds where sophisticated renewable energy strategies are incorporated into their building design and operations. Mary Ann Hayes of Main Rural Partners has been invited to address the group about Maine’s progressive renewable energy activities that can be implemented on the farm. We’ve asked Heather Darby to talk about small grains, oil seed and renewable energy, and Jerry Brunetti to focus on the nutritional aspects of oil seed byproducts in rations for ruminant animals. In addition to our focus on energy, but no less important, we will have a presentation and discussion on Supply Management for Organic Dairy.

NODPA members are invited to bring information and displays on their innovative practices. So far, Siobhan Griffin, Raindance Farm, Schnevus, NY will display her solar hot water system; Dave Johnson, Provident Farm, Liberty, PA will bring pictures of his trailer-based solar water pumping system for watering animals anywhere; and we will invite Organic Valley’s Jake Wedeberg to talk about the renewable energy program that he’s spearheading for OV members.

Despite a very full educational program, we are building in plenty of time for conversation and sharing of ideas. We are hoping to have a lobster dinner on Thursday evening as well as plenty of great local food throughout Field Days. A full tradeshow is planned again this year with additional space for innovative renewable energy practices, products and procedures. For more information about the tradeshow and sponsorship opportunities, or if you are interested in sharing innovative practices on your farm, please contact Nora Owens, 413-772-0444, or email: