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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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Anne Devin 2019 Keynote

Sarah Alexander (left; MOFGA’s executive director) introducing Anne Devin. English photo   United We Grow: Veterans in Agriculture Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine After 27 years on active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Anne Devin transitioned to full-time farming in 2016 with the vision of replicating an

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Jonathan Rosenthal’s Keynote Speech

Common Ground Country Fair keynote speaker Jonathan Rosenthal talked about new economies that use strategies such as cooperatives and public ownership to give power back to communities. John Williams photo From Local to System and Rural to Urban: Building a New Economy Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine   During

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Sherri Mitchell’s Keynote Speech

Richard Silliboy (left), vice chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, introduced keynote speaker Sherri Mitchell (center), shown here with April Boucher, Common Ground Country Fair director. English photo A large crowd gathered on The Common to hear Mitchell’s heartfelt speech. John Williams photo Standing on Indigenous Rights Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Common Ground

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Jill Agnew’s Keynote Speech

Common Ground Country Fair keynote speaker Jonathan Rosenthal talked about new economies that use strategies such as cooperatives and public ownership to give power back to communities. John Williams photo From Local to System and Rural to Urban: Building a New Economy Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine   During

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Will Allen’s Keynote Speech

Will Allen described Growing Power Inc. during his keynote at the Common Ground Country Fair and said the program is growing farmers because, in part, “it costs 10 times more to send somebody to jail than to help fix their life.” English photo Will Allen lunching and talking veggies with MOFGA member and Exhibition Hall

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