|Rosa Libby has volunteered at the Common Ground Country Fair since it moved to Unity, and she helps at other MOFGA events as well. The young chef is already bringing her solutions to the problems of the world, and having fun at the same time. English photo.
from The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
Dec 07 - Feb 08
Rosa Libby –
Ready to Change (and Feed) the World
Yes, she’s the boss’s daughter, but Rosa Libby seems as if she were born to be a MOFGA member and volunteer. Her birthday, after all, almost always falls on the weekend of the Common Ground Country Fair – and that’s where you’ll find her celebrating as she volunteers in various areas.
This year Libby turned 17 on the opening day of the Fair, and her volunteer jobs included painting faces in the Children’s Area and prepping food in the Common Kitchen. Her first Fair volunteer job, 10 years ago, at MOFGA’s first Fair in Unity, was helping kids learn to walk on stilts in the Children’s Area, and “I always did face painting,” she adds. Libby herself became one of the tall stilt walkers seen around the fairgrounds.
As soon as (i.e., the day) she turned 16, she started in the Common Kitchen, where younger kids aren’t allowed to work because of the sharp knives. The Kitchen is the perfect place for this young culinary enthusiast, who has also volunteered at all of MOFGA’s Tastings fundraisers to date, helping with setup and just making sure everything runs smoothly during the event. The self-assured, energetic girl was a constant and cheerful presence at this year’s Tastings, as always, easily conversing with guests and chefs alike while keeping an eye out to see what needed to be done.
A Junior at Maranacook High School, Libby thinks she wants to pursue her culinary interests after high school, or at least study “something in the arts.” Her talents run from dancing (with Kinections in Readfield), to singing with her high school choir, writing poetry and, of course, cooking.
“I always cook for the [MOFGA] board meetings,” she says. She favors making desserts, especially chocolate truffles; lasagna is her favorite main course to make; and she loves grilling. “I’m the grillmaster of the house.”
Volunteering at the Fair “is a great opportunity to meet people your age who are usually passionate about what you are,” Libby explains. “It gives you a chance to start becoming the generation that can change the world, since we get it next – or what’s left of it.”
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