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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
Espousing the benefits of biochar
Bangor Daily News - 3/7/2009.
By Reeser Manley – Like most of us, Eastport resident George Hoche waits for the thaw. Waiting, he thinks about his vegetable garden and his greenhouse. George also thinks about firing up a self-made oil-drum furnace that now stands buried under ice and snow across the driveway in front of his home. He is eager to make more biochar.
Free-range eggs contain more Vitamin D
Mother Earth News - 3/5/2009.
By Cheryl Long – "Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and more healthy, humane conditions for the birds.
Eat locally, or eat differently?
Organic Consumers - 3/4/2009.
By Erika Engelhaupt – Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews of Carnegie Mellon University examined the environmental benefits of eating locally grown foods and found them a bit lacking in the carbon-footprint department – eating less red meat and dairy turned out to be a better way to reduce greenhouse gases than an all-local diet, according to the pair's life-cycle assessment.
Food-backed local money
The Oil Drum - 3/4/2009.
By Jason Bradford – As a kid did you ever fantasize about Monopoly game money becoming real? I know I did. Perhaps that’s why I left the printer shop the other day with a sense of bemusement. I had just designed and printed $6000 of money called Mendo Credits. I felt confident that people would accept it, and I also proudly considered that Ben Bernanke doesn’t make money as good as this.
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