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Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm
in Skowhegan


Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sarah Smith, who, with her husband, Garin, owns and operates MOFGA certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan. Grassland produces vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, vegetable seedlings, pasture, dairy products, veal and beef. Their markets include The Pickup CSA in Skowhegan, Senior Farm Shares, farmers’ markets, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops and CROPP/Organic Valley. Keep up with the farm on Facebook and read Sarah’s keynote speech from the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Weed Dating’ aims to sow seeds of rural romance at Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - 9/18/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: Ah, farming. The romance of the fields; the beauty of the land. But sometimes it can be lonely at the (garden) plot. That’s why young orchardist Eliza Greenman of Mercer is organizing a special, free event at this weekend’s 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair: “Weed Dating.”
Farm Bill benefits Big Ag, not small family farms
Kennebec Journal - 9/18/2012.
Letter by Richard Rudolph and Nicole Karatzas – The biggest item on Congress' to-do list is how to deal with the farm bill before it expires at the end of September. The farm bill sets our nation's agricultural and food policy, including food assistance and rural development programs, but it also lavishes billions of taxpayer dollars on large, profitable agribusinesses.
Farmers pressure Congress on Farm Bill
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
Editorial – Washington: Farmers from Maine and other New England states were making the rounds on Capitol Hill last week as part of a last-minute campaign to pressure Congress to complete work on a new five-year Farm Bill before the current one expires at the end of the month.
Common Ground fair mapped out online
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
By Rachel Ohm – Waterville: Working as a cartographer for National Geographic has given Ross Donihue, 23, an appreciation for maps as a storytelling tool. The Waterville native's travels have brought him from the coffee plantations and canopies of Costa Rica back to his hometown to design an interactive online map for this year's Common Ground Country Fair, which opens Friday in Unity.
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