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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
How your Tax Dollars are Helping Distort the GMO-Labeling Debate
Food & Water Watch - 9/23/2014.
By Tim Schwab - Our nation’s taxpayer-funded cooperative extension program, created by Congress 100 years ago with a mission to conduct education and outreach around important agricultural topics, has been largely silent in the raging public debate on the potential labeling of GMOs. If so desired, the USDA and our fifty states could marshal their army of extension officers and specialists to weigh in. Perhaps wisely, extension has not taken a position.
Joe McGurn: Common Ground Country Fair, 2014
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 9/22/2014.
Photographer Joe McGurn spent Sept. 20 at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity and captured faces and scenes. The three-day fair is one of the most popular early fall destinations for visitors and locals alike, with nearly 60,000 making the trek western Waldo County. Almost the entire fair is held outside in the open, or under cover in a tent or barn, and usually, foul weather has no bearing on fair goers' motivation to get out and enjoy the varied experience.
Thousands attend Common Ground Country Fair in Unity
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2014.
By Ashley Conti - Unity, Maine: Thousands of people flocked to Unity to enjoy the 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair on Saturday. The celebration of Maine’s agricultural traditions brought many to the 50-acre fair, where they could enjoy a farmer’s market, local shop and food vendors, live music, sheepdog demonstrations, and hear many talks on various agricultural topics.
A slice of history at the Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2014.
By Doug Harlow - Deep inside the crossroads of organic food, whole life events, crafts, medicinal herbs, political tents and agricultural demonstrations at the Common Ground Country Fair is Michael Beaudry, a master timber framer who builds log homes, sheds and barns using axes and hand tools, some of which are replicas of 11th century cutting tools.
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