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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
New study details dramatic growth of Canada's organic market
Fresh Plaza - 11/22/2013.
From farmers' markets to mainstream retail, Canada's organic market has grown to become the fourth largest in the world, valued at over $3.5 billion per year. The Canadian organic food and beverage market alone is worth $3 billion per year, and has grown dramatically since 2009, when the Canadian government put in place mandatory organic standards, import restrictions and labelling requirements.
Supreme Court affirms Monsanto pollution settlement in Nitro
The Charleston Gazette - 11/22/2013.
By Ken Ward Jr. - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday upheld approval of the settlement in a landmark lawsuit over pollution of the community of Nitro with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant.
The Unnatural Death of ‘Natural’
Newsweek - 11/22/2013.
By Matthew Mientka - A bill introduced in Congress would legally define the term ‘natural’ used on foods. Some big food companies are already removing the label from their products.
Forget the Food Industry: Rediscover the Pleasure of Buying, Cooking, and Eating Real Food
Yes! - 11/22/2013.
By Arun Gupta - As a graduate of New York’s French Culinary Institute and former chef, I’m obsessed with great food. I can remember the first time I tasted chocolate mousse, pine nuts, and avocados. Years, even decades later, I can recall the succulence of fresh prawns on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, and the fiery savoriness of street food in India.
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October 9-12 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

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