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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
Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay
National Public Radio - 3/18/2013.
By Adam Allington - The market for locally-grown food has seen dramatic growth over the last decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests that the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer.
How We Could Prevent Massive Bee Deaths and Save Our Food
Alternet - 3/18/2013.
If you like almonds, then 2013 brought some bad news. Each year, honeybees from across the country make the trek to California, which grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, to pollinate the almond crop. But bees have been dying in unusually large numbers for several years now, and this year appears worse than most.
Stopping a CAFO: The Biggest Victory You Never Heard About
Grace - 3/18/2013.
By Chris Hunt - An unprecedented win: a small group of concerned citizens called Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards (HOMES) successfully prevented industrial dairy magnate A. J. Bos from building what would have been the state’s largest dairy - despite the fact that construction of the facility had already been more than halfway completed.
Belfast food hub creates market for local vendors
Mainebiz - 3/18/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - The world almost didn't get to taste Julie Romano's salsa. "Because it was a fresh product, I couldn't make it in a home kitchen," she says. Then she heard about plans to retrofit the old Moss manufacturing building on Route 1 on the outskirts of Belfast and convert the space into a food storage and processing center.
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September 25-27 - Thank you to all who attended the Common Ground Country Fair!

October 9-12 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

October 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity

October 18 - Great Maine Apple Day

October 19 - "Women Owning Woodlands" workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

November 6-8 - MOFGA's 2015 Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 19-22 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops

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