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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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Carey Gilliam 2019 Keynote

Carey Gillam. English photo   Decades of Deceit – A Critical Eye on Pesticides, Science and Industry Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine Investigative journalist Carey Gillam has covered corporate and political news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters. In 2018 her book “Whitewash – The Story

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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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Keynote Address Ken Geiser

Maine farmer Ken Geiser directs the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He spoke about progress in green chemistry during his keynote at the Common Ground Country Fair. English photo. Exciting Alternatives to Hazardous Technologies Ken Geiser, director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of

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Keynote Address First Lady Karen Baldacci

Our Future Is In Sustainable Agriculture First Lady Karen Baldacci has worked hard to promote Maine foods and healthful eating. She gardens and saves seeds at the Blaine House. English photo. Maine’s First Lady, Karen Baldacci, was Common Ground’s keynote speaker on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006.  Russell Libby, executive director of MOFGA, introduced her, explaining

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Keynote Address Cynthia Thayer

In her keynote speech at the 2006 Common Ground Country Fair, Cynthia Thayer talked about the delicious foods produced locally – mostly on her farm – that make up family meals at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. English photo. Another Way to Eat For 28 years, the highly diversified Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro has been MOFGA-certified,

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On Common Ground

By Kami Pendleton Everyone comes to the Common Ground Country Fair for a reason. Whether for the food, the animals, the agriculture or the crafts, you can always learn something new here. The Fair is about education and appreciation. I have been coming to the Fair almost all my life, but I had a chance

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EarthLooms Weave Community at MOFGAs Common Ground Country Fair

Susan Barrett Merrill’s husband, Richard, made the old cedar EarthLoom that stood in the pocket park and dye garden at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center for many years. English photo The new granite EarthLoom. English photo Joe Auciello of the Maine Stoneworkers Guild created the new EarthLoom. Merrill designed the EarthLoom and makes Zati masks

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Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch Power to the People: Drawing Strength from the Pandemic By Barbara Damrosch Barbara Damrosch is a farmer and co-owner of Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine; author of “The Garden Primer” and “Theme Gardens” and co-author of “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook”; and a past MOFGA president. Her keynote address at the

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