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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
Will it be rain-sodden fields forever?
Kennebec Journal - 6/23/2009.
By Colin Hickey – Chuck Underwood sang "Anchors Aweigh" on Monday as he watched more rain soak his Benton strawberry fields. "I have 60 to 80 feet of fields where the strawberries literally are floating," he said.
For early crops, a wet blanket
Portland Press Herald - 6/23/2009.
By Beth Quimby – Last June, Ralph Turner harvested 6,000 peony stems at his Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport. This year, thanks to gray mold, he'll be lucky to harvest half that number. Tomato plants are turning black at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough. Carrots and string beans have failed to sprout at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton. All the rain and cool temperatures are to blame, say farmers across southern Maine. This is the second summer they are getting washed out. Many say they are having one of the toughest early growing seasons in recent memory.
Gov. Baldacci signs 2 ecofriendly bills
Bangor Daily News - 6/23/2009.
By Kevin Miller – Gov. John Baldacci held a ceremonial signing Monday for bills that would establish an industry-funded recycling program for compact fluorescent light bulbs and create a registry for those who want notification about aerial pesticide applications.
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Scientific American - 6/23/2009.
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say.
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