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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
From offshore: behind the scenes at the fair
The Free Press - 10/6/2011.
By Eva Murray – This week, the Fryeburg Fair over in western Maine rounds out the year's agricultural fair season. As fairgoers, do we stop to think about all that goes into making a big event like that happen?,My husband, daughter and I volunteer at the Common Ground Fair and it is truly a labor of love. It takes a huge amount of work, in hundreds of specific areas of expertise, to make the fair look easy.
Our oceans are in dire shape, but without them all life on land – human, plant, and animal – is totally screwed
Alternet - 10/6/2011.
By Tina Gerhardt – Global warming has often been discussed with regard to its effects for life on land: increased temperatures and heat waves, increased weather extremes, less but more intense rainfall, drought and forest fires. Water, however, remains less considered. Even discussions of floods or rising sea levels, which focus on water, study mainly their consequences for land inhabitants.
Small-business coalition calls on Snowe, Collins to back Safe Chemicals Act
Bangor Daily News - 10/6/2011.
By Ryan McLaughlin – Bangor: A coalition of nearly 2,500 small businesses from across Maine is urging the state’s U.S. senators to support legislation that would overhaul the nation’s chemical safety laws and help businesses and their customers get accurate and timely information about deadly chemicals used in consumer products.
Exploring the American apple: new collaborative celebrates heirloom fruit
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2011.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, among other things, was an apple enthusiast and cider connoisseur. While he wrote the “Declaration of Independence” and “Jefferson Bible,” he also picked up a quill to map his orchards, record fruit varieties and write about developments in propagating budding American apple varieties.
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