MOFGA manages all 250 acres at the Common Ground Education Center according to either organic crop certification standards or green forestry standards. Inside the main gate, our Farmers-in-Residence grow about two acres of certified organic market crops around the Farmhouse, in the field plots nearby and in the South Orchard. Part of their field plots are used for draft animal demonstrations during the Common Ground Country Fair, which Farm Committee volunteers Donald Nickerson and Paul Birdsall help to coordinate. Various members of MOFGA's Landscaping Committee grow demonstration gardens in the tilled plots within our Maine Heritage Apple Orchard and elsewhere on the grounds. The rest of the gardens and plantings on the grounds are managed by Joe Dupere, our Landscape Coordinator on staff, and the Volunteer Landscaping Committee. Outside the main gates to our property and along Crosby Brook Rd., neighboring dairy farmers mow roughly 80 acres of hayfields and use the forage to feed their dairy cows.
We cut and bale about 300 bales of hay from our fields, for use at the Common Ground Country Fair.