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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
To Hemp, Hops and Haskap, Add a Portion of Hope
Rustik Magazine - 1/24/2013.
Good info from a recent conference in Nova Scotia about these three crops. Haskap is Lonicera caerulea, honeyberry or edible honeysuckle. Fedco sells it.
Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again.
Pesticides Action Network - 1/23/2013.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that workers in Iowa and North Carolina exposed to certain organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides had significantly higher prostate cancer risk. The organophosphate pesticides fonofos, terbufos and malathion, one of the most commonly used organophosphate insecticides in the United States, was linked to increased prostate cancer risk; and a family history of prostate cancer combined with exposure to organochlorine pesticides (such as aldrin and lindane) was significantly associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Maine Food Strategy reaching out to reap ideas
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila - Eating local gets a lot of lip service, but according to research done by Mark Lapping, only about 10 percent to 14 percent of the food eaten by the average Mainer comes from Maine. "Right now Maine imports the vast, vast majority of its food and most of it comes in on trucks," said Lapping, who is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Policy.
Chef Sam Hayward Goes to Bat for Sockeye Salmon
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Meredith Goad - “If we’re going to hope for support for our efforts in the northeast to conserve and rebuild and renew and revitalize our fisheries and our fishing communities, then I also think we have to be actively involved in supporting fisheries and communities elsewhere,” says Sam Hayward of Fore Street, one of Portland’s best-known chefs.
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