Thursday September 05, 2013 | 07:55 AM

Don’t miss out on these upcoming programs and events.

Cultivating Community Farm Stand. Every Monday, from 1 to 5 p.m. in front of Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine through growing season (usually ends by October 21 or 28). For more on Cultivating Community’s farm in Lisbon, Maine go here

On Thursday, September 5 Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, located at 75 Market Street in Portland, Maine, will open their doors at 4 p.m. To celebrate they will be offering an extended Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and will be open, serving drinks and food, until 1 a.m. Their regular hours will be 7 days a week from 4 p.m. - a.m., with a daily Happy Hour and Late Night menus. Co-owner Andrew Volk collaborated on the Root’s distilling series featuring New England Distilling, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, and Bartlett’s Spirits of Maine Distillery.

Maine Fare: A Celebration of Maine Food and Farming
Belfast, Maine Friday, September 6 thru Saturday, September 7. A Maine Farmland Trust initiative. Farming forums (including “Maine Food Roots, Traditions, and Trends” and “Meat, Milk, and the Future of Livestock Farming in Maine”), classes, books sales and signings. Last year an estimated 1,000 people attended the event. General admission is free. To purchase tickets to the meals go here. or day of the event visit the Maine Fare table on High St.

Lily Piel’s photographs of two dozen persons who have helped revive farming in Maine will make up a solo exhibition September 6 - October 1 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery at 97 Main Street in Belfast, Maine. Opening Reception Friday September 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

The list of subjects ranges from cheese-maker Caitlin Hunter (portrait below) to Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) for almost twenty years. Piel’s project was commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust, which works to support Maine farmers and protect farmland, but has also successfully used art work and films to help educate people about farming’s challenges and opportunities. “Lily is a gifted photographer with a keen eye for the essence of her subjects,” said John Piotti, the Trust’s executive director. “Her portraits capture these remarkable people so well.” More information can be found here

MOFGA depends on volunteers to make each Common Ground Fair a success. It's easy to register for a volunteer shift using their online system. To register or retrieve your password please visit here.  Or, if you'd like to learn more about volunteering at the Fair, just visit their webpage MOFGA.org for more information. Please contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at alibby@mofga.org with any questions you may have. Fair dates are Friday, September 20 thru Sunday, September 22. Volunteers have already helped coordinate everything from the contradances, draft horse demonstrations, and Harry S. Truman Manure Pitch to the rabbit exhibit and Wednesday Spinners. 

Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine will host the 17th Annual Harvest Dance featuring the Mallett Brothers Band on Saturday, September 28 6-11 p.m. Must be 21+ Advance tickets $15, at door $20. New to this year's event: local food trucks El Corazon and Love Cupcakes. Cash bar from Gritty’s. For more information go here.  

(pic by Kate McCarty)

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam, and vegetables. Learn from the experts. Fresh produce and canning jars provided.

The schedule is posted here. Not yet listed are the following:
10/3 Scarborough Adult Ed - pressure canning
10/24 Falmouth (for Maine Food Day)
11/7 Scarborough Adult Ed - fermentation

Fedco’s 2013 Fall Bulb and Plant Sale is Friday, October 11, both for preorder customers picking up orders and the general public to shop. Their warehouses will be open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. In addition to Surplus Flower bulbs they will have an assortment of 
Trees
, Fruiting Plants
, Woody Shrubs, Potted Plants
, Herbs & Perennials
, and other plants not offered in the FedcoTrees catalog.

Sunday, October 13, Fore St. restaurant will host a dinner at Dandelion Spring Farm at 30 Brick Hill Road in Newcastle, Maine.. This is the 2nd annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm dinner. Festivities will begin with a farm tour at 2 p.m. and dinner seating at 3 p.m. Chefs from Fore Street Restaurant will prepare a five-course meal with paired drinks from food grown right on the farm. Fare will include lamb, pork, dairy and vegetables. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to MOFGA in honor of Russell Libby. By reservation only; tickets $100. For more information and to purchase tickets go here

Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine will host their 3rd Annual Cheese Fest to celebrate the 3rd Annual American Cheese Month on Saturday, October 19 from 12 – 2 p.m.

The schedule for MOFGA’s Farmer to Famer Conference has been announced.  Saturday, November 2 thru Monday, November 4 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport, Maine. The event will feature prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals. Workshops will include 90 minutes dedicated to talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and 90 minutes to a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance. Registration fees (per person) range from $150
 for the full conference or $75 each session.

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