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2022 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Released

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently unveiled the 2022 Common Ground Country Fair poster at its annual membership meeting. The artwork for the fair’s promotional materials is selected from contest submissions each year and the winning design is highly anticipated. This year’s artwork by Morgan Cameron is titled “Raven with Blackberries.” A

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Food Justice is More than Growing Food and Feeding People

By Karen Washington Food justice is more than growing food and feeding people. Knowing this led me and others to question the food system and its policies. How in the greatest country in the world, where we grow enough food and waste enough food, is that food not getting down to the people who need

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Common Ground Country Fair Status Update

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has announced that the organization will not move forward with an in-person Common Ground Country Fair this year. Executive Director Sarah Alexander said, “The ongoing pandemic, rising COVID-19 cases throughout Maine and valuable feedback from our community have led us to this point. We did not come to

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Common Ground Country Fair Planned As In-Person Event

The Common Ground Country Fair, the signature event of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity, Maine, is moving forward as an in-person event this year. April Boucher, Common Ground Country Fair director, said, “After months of discussions, research and planning to determine if we can meet our primary goal of supporting

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Tristan Noyes 2018 Keynote

Tristan Noyes at the Common Ground Country Fair with Sarah Alexander (left), MOFGA’s executive director, and Heather Spalding (right), MOFGA’s deputy director. English photo Growing Together: Reaping the Rewards of a Passionate Interconnected Community Sunday, September 21, 2018 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine   Tristan Noyes is executive director of the Maine Grain

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Baldemar Velasquez 2018 Keynote

Baldemar Velasquez described the efforts needed to create a more just food system. English photo   Our Food System: The Tie to Immigration, Migrant Workers, Exploitation and Human Trafficking Sunday, September 22, 2018 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine   Born in 1947, Baldemar Velasquez grew up in a migrant farmworker family based in

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Hanne Tierney 2018 Keynote

Hanne Tierney of Cornerstone Farm in Palmyra is a strong proponent of farmers’ markets. English photo   Farmers’ Markets and Strong Communities Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine   Hanne Tierney has been farming in central Maine for 17 years. She owns and operates Cornerstone Farm, a hog and organic

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Craig Hickman 2019 Keynote

Craig Hickman. English photo   Fumbling Toward Prosperity: Family, Community and the Maine Food Economy Friday, September 20, 2019 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine Winthrop, Maine, farmer Craig Hickman is serving his fourth term in the Maine House. He twice chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. His keynote speech

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