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2015 Fair Poster


Common Ground
Country Fair

Presented by the
Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Association

September 25, 26 & 27, 2015
Unity, Maine

Thank you to all who
attended the Fair!

Consider helping the post-Fair cleanup crew. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby for information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
What my garden told me in 2013
Living Low in the Lou - 12/14/2013.
By Claire Schosser - Back in May I posted about using the scientific method to conduct a dialogue with my garden in my effort to learn to work more skillfully with Nature’s patterns. While I want to grow a lot of food in a small space, I also want to leave that small space better than I found it.
Half Moon Gardens Donated to Unity College, Gift to Spark Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bangor Daily News - 12/13/2013.
By Mark Tardif - Unity College has received a transformative gift that will enhance teaching, research, experiential learning and programs in sustainability science. Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson of Brooks have gifted Half Moon Gardens of Thorndike, a multifaceted greenhouse operation featuring conventional and certified organic products. The property, along with five years of financial support, is valued at over $1.2 million.
Will Brazil's Vote on 'Terminator Seeds' Be a Christmas Gift to Monsanto?
Common Dreams - 12/13/2013.
By Jacob Chamberlain - They'll be back. 'Terminator' seeds, banned across the globe following massive protests in India, Latin America and south-east Asia in the 1990s, may be sprouting up in fields soon following the likely passage of a bill in the Brazilian legislature this month that could unravel a global moratorium on the technology, The Guardian reports.
China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban
Oregon Public Broadcasting - 12/12/2013.
By China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States – an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market. The restriction took effect last week and China’s government says it will continue indefinitely. It applies to clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested from the waters of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.
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