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Online ticket sales for the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair are CLOSED.

Ticket prices at the gates are increasing to help support improved services and higher operation costs. You may still buy Advance Tickets at any of the OUTLETS LISTED HERE up until Fair time.

Our Store is now closed except for memberships, donations and registrations for events and workshops so that we may focus on getting our new inventory ready for the Country Store on the fairgrounds. 2014 Fair T-shirts, tote bags, aprons and more will be available online by October 1.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm Bill expiration puts forward-thinking food policy at risk
Civil Eats - 10/3/2012.
By Ferd Hoefner – As of this week, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement. There are many who see this as a better course of events than the passage of one of the new bills passed by the Senate and proposed in the House. Others view congressional inaction as no big deal. We beg to differ.
Land acquired over past decade could have produced food for a billion people
The Guardian [UK] - 10/3/2012.
By John Vidal – International land investors and biofuel producers have taken over land around the world that could feed nearly 1 billion people. Analysis by Oxfam of several thousand land deals completed in the last decade shows that an area eight times the size of the UK has been left idle by speculators or is being used largely to grow biofuels for US or European vehicles.
Organic farming: resilience in the time of drought
Common Dreams - 10/2/2012.
While the historic drought that has plagued the Midwest for months wreaks havoc upon many conventional farmers' soil, organic farmers are saying that organic farming is the best way forward to be resilient in the age of climate change.
How to manage a constellation
Doors of Perception - 10/1/2012.
By John Thackara – Over the last hundred years, ecosystems of the Baltic Sea have been poisoned almost to death by outputs from a multitude of industries and farming activities in the nine countries that surround it. Action plans to address elements of the problem have been launched, but progress in restoring Baltic ecosystems has been modest. What’s really needed is a way for all the stakeholders involved – municipalities, farmers associations, research institutes – to collaborate around a shared objective: bringing the sea back to life.
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September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

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