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The list of participants in the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair is available from the MOFGA office

Sari Lindauer

March 2018 – Empowering children to take charge of their own educational experience seems to be the overarching theme of Sari Lindauer's professional life. From her work teaching science at the Breakwater School in Portland to her co-coordinating the Youth Enterprise Zone (YEZ) at the Common Ground Country Fair, Lindauer is constantly looking for ways to help kids experience the joys of being "makers."

Start Planning for the Fair

Here are some things you can do now to start planning for the 2018  Common Ground Country Fair:

  • Volunteer as an area coordinator to help manage a part of the Fair that resonates with you.
  • Create a design for the 2019  Common Ground Country Fair poster design contest. Details are posted on the Fair Poster page at www.mofga.org.
  • Order seeds and start plants for your garden. Results could be entered in the Exhibition Hall displays or offered to the Common Kitchen to help feed volunteers during the Fair. Grow Your Own Organic Garden classes are taught throughout the state in early April to help get you started.
  • Work with your local schools and teachers to plan a student field trip to Common Ground. It's never too early to ask, especially because the Fair comes right after the start of the school year. All student groups get into the Fair free on Friday, and we also increased the reimbursement amount for school group travel expenses this year.
  • Work with your local Adult Education Program to organize a community bus trip to Common Ground. It’s a terrific way to help conserve resources while getting preferred parking near the Rose Gate! 
  • Tune your bicycle and body to bicycle, partway or all the way, to the Fair. Each year nearly 600 cyclists pedal to the Fair. 

 

MOFGA Centerpieces Featured at Banquet

March 1, 2018 – This year the Common Ground Country Fair crew had the honor of providing the centerpieces for the annual Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs banquet in Portland. Our goal was to have all the centerpiece components be edible, reusable, educational or recyclable. As a result, our 65 centerpieces featured organic local vegetables from farms that were in the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair Farmers’ Market or Food areas. We also included recipes and issues of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener newspaper. These were taken home and will feed and educate Fair organizers and volunteers, from all across Maine. People loved them!

2017 Common Kitchen Donors

December 1, 2017 – It's said that an army travels on its stomach. That was never truer than for the Common Ground County Fair (CGCF). Morning, noon and night, the Common Kitchen is there to feed the hundreds of hungry, tired, dedicated volunteers, planning team and paid staff members who make CGCF happen. The kitchen accomplishes this with hard working, creative volunteer cooks and the generosity of a multiplicity of certified organic farmers, natural food stores, food vendors, businesses, individuals and international corporations. Here is the roster of food donors to the 2017 Common Kitchen.

Josiah Orm Hansen

September 2017 – Folks of a certain age often say, "Oh, if only we had some young volunteers in this organization." MOFGA has always been lucky in that regard, and the organization is one of the main reasons the average age of farmers has fallen in Maine – the only state with that distinction. Josiah Orm Hansen is a great example of that youth involvement in MOFGA and in rural Maine communities.

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