Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 20, 2018 – The Free Press – The 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair will take place at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity this weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 21 to 23.

Ten tips to help you get the most out of this year’s Common Ground Fair

September 12, 2018 – By Avery Yale Kamila, Portland Press Herald – Entering through the stone Rose Gate at the Common Ground Country Fair, I feel it immediately. It’s a visceral sensation formed by the heady scent of the fair’s signature herb Sweet Annie (carried in bouquets and worn as crowns) mixing with the faint smell of wood smoke and fried potatoes; the clang of the forger’s hammer punctuating the live bluegrass music; the mosaic of vegetables, crafts and art that spins out in all directions; and finally the taste of every exquisite morsel of organic, vegan food I can get my hands on.

Our Friend and Champion Paul Birdsall has Passed On

September 20, 2018 – Small Farmer’s Journal – Our dear, gentle friend farmer Paul Birdsall had the countenance of an old Maine lobsterman-wood cutter mixed with a toy maker’s spirit. He had that long true visage of a man at sea, it started ‘neath the cap bill and waved out and away just as far as need be. He had the posture of a man poised to turn and move onto the next thing that needed doing. No hesitations, no wasted steps.

Why Maine farmers and gardeners are saving seed from this year’s crops

September 19, 2018 – By Abigail Curtis, Bangor Daily News – Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.

Big city swing at the Country Fair

September 19, 2018 – By Dagney C. Ernest, Knox Village Soup – Autumn arrives, symbolically and astronomically, with the annual Common Ground Country Fair, running Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21 through 23, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center off Crosby Brook Road. The MOFGA event celebrates organic country living, so contra dance is de rigueur. This year, though, the rural event will embrace a little city sophistication.

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

September 16, 2018 – By David Sharp, AP, Las Vegas Sun – There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.

Figs are Jesse Stevens’ jam

September 16, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Jesse Stevens owns Sy’s Trees, a nursery and orchard in Sweden. He has a collection of 70 fig trees old and strong enough to be bearing fruit and is testing varieties to see what can thrive in Maine’s not exactly Mediterranean climate. We called him up to learn more about his tendency toward “weird zone pushing kinds of things” in advance of his talk “Figs, Kiwis and Honeyberries” Saturday at the Common Ground Country Fair (from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hayloft).