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

NODPA’s Field Days marks its 10th anniversary on October 7th and 8th at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) Common Ground Fairgrounds and Education Center in Unity, Maine and we are planning a great event.

This 10th Field Days event focuses on the hottest topics in the Organic Dairy Industry, including the Final Rule on Access to Pasture; supply management discussions and presentations from an international panel of experts; and an extended focus on renewable energy on the dairy farm.
We are excited to welcome Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program as our keynote speaker. He’ll also lead a Q & A session on the Final Access to Pasture Rule on Friday morning. Lawrence Andres, highly regarded organic dairy farmer and owner and president of Harmony Organic Processing, Ontario, Canada, will join the supply management discussion as well as address the group on nurse cows and innovations in cow comfort. Maine’s rich history of cutting edge renewable energy projects will be on display as we feature the best of these projects, specifically as they pertain to organic dairy farmers and that are most practical in economically challenging times. And, Mary Ann Hayes, executive director of Maine Rural Partners, will help participants ‘think outside the energy box’ when she addresses our group. Last but not least, Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension, will connect all this information as she talks about the practical implication to our cows and soil of renewable energy and energy efficiencies on the farm.

We are fortunate to have access to so many innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, displays and mini-workshop opportunities in Maine, so we have changed our opening day format to include a full afternoon of these learning activities at the MOFGA fairgrounds rather than traveling long distances to each site. It will greatly enhance information sharing as well as expand the scope of our tradeshow.

Throughout the past ten years, we always hear that one of the most important reasons farmers and their families travel to Field Days is to get to see one another, learn about new resources, network, share ideas and the latest gossip. The great fresh, local organic food doesn’t hurt either!

For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring or being a part of the tradeshow, please contact Nora Owens, at 413-772-0444, or email:

noraowens@comcast.net.