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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
Lead-tainted ginger case: State sues Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, others
San Jose Mercury News - 5/31/2013.
By Heather Somerville - The state attorney general has accused several large California grocery stores, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, of selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies in a case that underscores how little consumers know about the food they eat.
GM foods: Population and climate change sway debate
Mail & Guardian (South Africa) - 5/31/2013.
By Sipho Kings - South Africa has been an early adopter on a continent that has been hostile to the corporate power behind genetically modified organisms. Diplomatic cables “show that the US State Department has actively pressured countries to adopt GM seeds.”
FDA: Hepatitis A outbreak linked to Oregon berry farm, 30 illnesses reported in 5 states
The Washington Post - 5/31/2013.
By Mary Clare Jalonick - The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.
Maine Non-Profit Gears up to Join ACA Health Insurance Market
Maine Public Broadcasting - 5/30/2013.
By Patty B. Wight - On Oct. 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace will officially open across the U.S. and in Maine. It's a component of the federal Affordable Care Act that creates an online site that allows consumers to shop and compare different insurance plans. One non-profit organization that will offer new health insurance options celebrated its grand opening today in Lewiston.
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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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