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Did you know...

...it takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt?

Organic isn't just for food! Use these resources to find out more:

Pitch For Organic Fiber (Word doc)

Why Organic Cotton

Articles by Alex Owre


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Welcome to the Youth Enterprise Zone and Youth Enterprise Transition Zone
of the Common Ground Country Fair

YEZ is on Friday and Sunday of the Fair

For more information about the

Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop

(this workshop has now passed, stay tuned for 2016!) Click here.

Common Ground grows the future in the Youth Enterprise Zone (YEZ) and the Youth Enterprise Transition Zone (YETZ), where young entrepreneurs combine their exuberant creativity with the bounty of nature, be it metal, fiber, wood, glass, plants or food.

Come see what the talented “earth magicians” of the next generation have their hands into this year—all things hand-made, from books to beeswax candles, clothing to cutting boards, flatbreads to firestarters, jewelry to juggling balls, gnomehomes to note cards, plants to pouches, sachets to sailboat models, and wishbone mice to walking sticks. The YEZ/YETZ tent, across from the Children’s Area, buzzes with youthful spirit and creativity. Talented young entrepreneurs (ages 11 to 17 in YEZ, 18 to 21 in YETZ) test their products and skills and give you a sneak preview of the next generation of artists and craftspeople. Be at YEZ on Friday and Sunday to join the fun and see the future.

Vendor Information for the Youth Enterprise
and Youth Enterprise Transition Zones


The 2016 Youth Enterprise and Youth Enterprise Transition Zone Application is available here.

The application deadline is Friday, March 25th 2016

The actual booth application is an online form, please contact the office if you need a paper form.

You can use the online form on a Windows, Mac or Linux computer as long as you're using a supported web browser and have an Internet connection. The supported browsers are:

You must also have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.

Complete guidelines and application forms are available to download via the link below or by contacting the MOFGA office at commonground@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.


2016 Youth Enterprise and Youth Enterprise Transition Zones Guidelines Packet (PDF)

This year we will have YEZ and YETZ on Friday and Sunday of the fair. If accepted, we will try to honor everyone’s first choice of either Friday or Sunday. That said we may be able to accommodate everyones preferences.

FOOD:  All food sold at the Common Ground Country Fair (including food sold in the YEZ Area!) must meet the MOFGA Food Policy. Food vendors must have liability insurance as well. Group insurance is available for Common Ground food vendors. If you wish to sell food, please download the additional materials linked below for review and submission with your application.

COTTON:  If your enterprise makes use of cotton, MOFGA also strongly encourages you to use organic cotton.  While this is not a requirement for participation in the YEZ Area, in consideration of the benefits of using organic cotton and damage caused in the production of conventional cotton, preference is given to applicants using organic materials when available.

For more information about the Youth Enterprise Zone or the Youth Enterprise Transition Zone, contact:

Sari Lindauer, Rose Whitehead, and Jeff Cotton



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