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SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

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Common Ground
Country Fair
Friday - Saturday - Sunday
Sept. 20, 21 & 22
Unity, Maine


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2013 Interactive Common Ground Country Fair Schedule Online

Read our colorful online schedule of presentations for all three days of the Common Ground Country Fair. Pop-up descriptions show speakers and full titles of each presentation along with notes about the presentation. Create your own schedule and share it with others using email or social media. Create a profile to join the list of attendees. Fun!

Read the schedule.

Keynote Speakers at the 2013 Fair  
Fermentation and Food Relocalization
Sandor Katz,
author of The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Honoring Women Farmers and Gardeners, Locally and Globally
Deb Soule,
Avena Botanicals
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cooperating with the Future
George Siemon,
CEIEIO and Co-Founder of CROPP Cooperative / Organic Valley
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Read about the keynote speakers.

Eliot Coleman and his daughter, Clara, preparing for their demonstration, Building the Modular Moveable Hoophouse, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. in the North Orchard at the Common Ground Country Fair.
Beds full of diverse and luscious fall greens, sown by Jack Kertesz in August, are ready for Common Ground Fairgoers to see.

Complete Fair Guide:
The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

Pick up your free copy of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener at the gate when you enter the fairgrounds! Inside is a complete Fair guide, with detailed information about every part of the Fair.

Join MOFGA and Get Into the Fair FREE

The Fair is MOFGA's premier event of each year - and you don't need to buy a ticket if you're a MOFGA member. Members get free admission to all three days of the Fair - September 20, 21 and 22 this year. In addition, MOFGA members receive a quarterly newspaper on organic farming and gardening, discounts on training sessions and the satisfaction of being part of a community that is passionate about healthy, locally grown food and sustainable landscapes. Please join MOFGA today. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

Advance Tickets for the Fair

Advance tickets cost the same as tickets at the gate but enable fairgoers to enter the Fair without waiting in line. List of outlets.

Public Policy Teach-In: Maine's GMO Labeling Campaign - Where We Go From Here

Come hear organic farmer Jim Gerritsen and a panel of speakers address the campaign to label genetically engineered foods at the Public Policy Teach-in at the Common Ground Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Spotlight Stage from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Details.

Volunteer for the 2013 Fair

Here at MOFGA, we depend on all our volunteers to make each Fair a success. It's easy to register for a volunteer shift using our online system. To register or retrieve your password please visit: http://www.VolunteerMatters.com/login/mofga. Or, if you'd like to learn more about volunteering at the Fair, just visit our webpage on MOFGA.org for more information. Please contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at alibby@mofga.org with any questions.

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October 13


to Benefit MOFGA!

2nd Annual
Fore Street Restaurant/
Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner


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CSA Raffle to Benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee

The MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee, which partners with Salvadoran organizations similar to MOFGA, is raffling two CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, with winners to be drawn at a MOFGA CSA Fair in early March.

Tickets are available for $5 each or six for $25 at www.mofgastore.org (but not at the Country Store at the Common Ground Country Fair), at the MOFGA booth at the Common Ground Country Fair, or people can send a check to MOFGA, P.O Box 170, Unity, ME 04988, with "El Salvador Raffle" written in the memo line. Please include an address and phone number so that MOFGA can mail your tickets.

The following farms are participating in the raffle. One ticket will be drawn for Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen and another for a CSA share of the winner's choice, selected from the farms listed here.

Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine
Carding Brook Farm, Brooklin
Farmer Kev's Organic Produce, Winthrop
Fisher Farm, Winterport
Full Circle Farm, East Vassalboro
Happy Town Farm, Orland
Hatchet Cove Farm, Warren
King Hill Farm, Penobscot
Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle
New Beat Farm, Knox
No View Farm and Bakery, Rumford
Shalom Orchard Organic Farm and Winery, Hancock
The Pick Up CSA, Skowhegan
Tide Mill Organic Farm, Edmunds
Village Farm, Freedom

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Sign up for MOFGA's Fall Events!

Register via the MOFGA Store or by calling the office.

  Low Impact Forestry, Level II Draft Animal Logging
October 18, 19, 20, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Prerequisite: LIF Level I
  Low Impact Forestry Workshop
November 14 to 17, Thursday to Sunday

Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Three options for participation
  MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Saturday, November 2 to Monday, November 4
Point Lookout Resort, Northport
  Chainsaw Safety Course - Level I
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
  Kitchen Licensing Workshop
December 4, Wednesday
Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen

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Maine Residents: Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides

In October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable. This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Registration by September 27, 2013, is mandatory - drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at thinkfirstspraylast.org, or call 207-287-2731.

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New MOFGA Fact Sheet Available

Our new fact sheet, An Introduction to the Physical Nature of Soils, is now available for download on MOFGA.org.

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John Pincince

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmer John Pincince, who, with his wife Lucy, grows vegetables, dry beans and herbs at their Ashgrove Farm & Gardens in Lincolnville. They sell their produce through their CSA, at their Route 1 farm stand and by trade or barter with neighbors. They also have a limited number of winter CSA shares, this year offering carrots, beets and onions. Contact Ashgrove at jpincince@myfairpoint.net.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGA.net

Our directory of MOFGA-certified organic products is updated monthly, so check the list often!


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

NOFA-New Hampshire Summer Series - A wide range of topics at workshops held throughout New Hampshire during the fall.

NOFA Vermont Summer Workshops - Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, a gardener or homesteader, or just want to deepen your connection to local farms, NOFA Vermont's workshop series has something for you. Workshops are held every few days at locations throughout Vermont

September 20, 21 & 22 - MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

September 25-27 - 2013 Farm Viability Conference, Middlebury, Vt. Details.

Sept. 26-27 - Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Annual Field Days program, Organic Dairy: Innovative Strategies to Stay Profitable.
Mansfield, Penn. Information.

September 28 - 2nd Annual Goat and Sheep Sale.
7 a.m. check-in, 1:00 p.m. sale. Somerset Auction Co., 174 Skowhegan Rd., Fairfield. Sponsored by the Boer Goat Breeders of Maine. Information: Nate Philbrick 207-557-5180 or Angie Philbrick 207-462-3361.

September 28 - Unity Hike. Join the Waldo County Trails Coalition for a hike on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to about noon. For more information, contact Buck O'Herin, buckoherin@fairpoint.net, or visit www.waldotrails.org.

September 28 - First Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tour will showcase an array of backyard chicken coops that display a variety of construction designs and materials, from recycled to custom designed coops. The tour is for anyone planning to start their own backyard flock, and/or curious about why keeping backyard chickens is so popular. It is free to attend and open to the public. Locations will be posted on the tour's Facebook page and Delicious Musings. For more information please email kitchens.sharon@gmail.com.

Dandelion Spring Farm
October 13 - MOFGA Fundraiser: Fine Dining - Down on the Farm. 2nd Annual Fore Street Restaurant/Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm Dinner.
Sunday, 2:00 farm tour, 3:00 dinner seating. Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, Maine. The chefs from Fore Street Restaurant, Portland's finest, will prepare a five-course meal with paired drinks from food grown exclusively on Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm in Newcastle. Fare will include lamb, pork, dairy and vegetables. All proceeds will be donated to MOFGA in honor of Russell Libby. Seating limited to 100, by reservation only. Tickets: $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased at www.mofga.org or by calling 207-568-4142.

October 27 - Great Maine Apple Day
Common Ground Education Center, Unity

November 2 to 4 - Farmer to Farmer Conference.
Saturday to Monday, Point Lookout Resort, Northport, Maine. Details.

November 14-16 - Soils Conference with Arden Andersen in Bangor

"Grow the Food the World Wants" - How Farmers Farm Determines How the Rest of the World Lives.
Dr. Arden Andersen will present the latest on nutrient-dense biological agriculture and how healthy soils make economic and environmental sense, at Heart of Maine's Annual Soils Conference in Bangor. MOFGA is cosponsoring this event. Information: www.heartofmaine.org, info@heartofmaine.org, 207-200-3603. Early-bird registration closes on Sept. 30.

November 16 and 17 - City of Bangor's Maine Harvest Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. Includes sampling and the chance to purchase from more than 125 Maine farmers and producers, hourly cooking demonstrations with Maine chefs and celebrities, sampling from Maine wineries, breweries and distilleries, live music from Maine musicians, and a presentation on Maine barns by author and builder, Don Perkins. Visit the MOFGA booth at the Festival! Website.

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Farmers and Landowners. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program, administered through Volunteers of America Northern New England, and co-sponsored by MOFGA, Land for Good and Maine Farmland Trust. Understand the negotiation process and techniques and skills to build a stronger negotiation base. Registration is limited and will close November 13. Registration.

Many more events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.


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