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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
Russell Libby, Organic Farming Advocate, Dies at 56
The New York Times - 12/12/2012.
By Dennis Hevesi – Russell Libby, one of the nation’s leading advocates for organic farming, died on Sunday at his farm in Mount Vernon, Me. He was 56. What began with his fourth-grade teacher handing out packets of vegetable seeds to her students in Sorrento, Me., nearly five decades ago, evolved into a lifelong passion for Mr. Libby and a deep concern about industrial farming and its use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?
Chemistry World - 12/12/2012.
By Harriet Brewerton – Scientists in Denmark have compared how organic and non-organic diets affect dietary mineral uptake in humans, focusing on copper and zinc. They found that there is no difference between the two diets when it comes to uptake and how the minerals are processed in the body.
Pig farm pollution linked to higher blood pressure
Environmental Health News - 12/12/2012.
Synopsis by Virginia T. Guidry and Wendy Hessler – Air pollution and strong odors emanating from large-scale swine operations may affect blood pressure of people who live nearby, according to new research.
Eat local all winter? That's a big CAN DO
Portland Press Herald - 12/12/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Cheryl Wixson is a businesswoman on a mission. After just one year, Wixson has a growing company that offers a unique way for Mainers to eat locally-grown food in the winter. "My goal is to help the farmer get the best price and help the customer eat local all year," said Wixson.
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October 9-12 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

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October 18 - Great Maine Apple Day

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