Category: Keynotes

Ross Gelbspan

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan was researching global climate change for his book, The Heat Is On, he was hit by two revelations: First, he was bewildered by the lack of interest in the subject by the general public, even though we experience a “new, record-setting weather event virtually every week;” Second, he learned

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Keynote Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith of Grassland Organic Farm told how people of all income levels can eat healthy foods, during her keynote speech at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair. English photo. Sarah Smith and her husband, Garin, own and operate the MOFGA-certified Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan, where they milk 45 cows and raise 3 acres of mixed vegetables as well

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Keynote Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes talked about the division – and reuniting – of consumers and producers during her keynote speech at the Common Ground Country Fair. English photo. Blending storytelling, farm humor and a knack for stirring up trouble, Shannon Hayes examines the history of consumerism in America, how it played out in the household, its effects

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Keynote Jay Feldman

Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides told Common Ground Fairgoers that organic is necessary to get off the pesticide treadmill. English photo. By Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides September 22, 2012 I am honored to be here and share this great occasion with you – in a state and with a people who have always

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Keynote Kathleen Merrigan

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture for USDA, noted the advances the department has made in supporting organic agriculture under the current administration. English photo. Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of USDA, asked MOFGA’s executive director, Russell Libby, if she could come to the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair. “This is something that would not have

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Hardy Keynote

Keynote speaker Kerry Hardy talked about “The Dawn Diet” of the Native people of what is now Maine. Hardy noted that 400 or 500 years ago, everyone here was on the hundred-mile diet “and living quite nicely.” English photos. Common Ground Country Fair Keynote Speech Kerry Hardy grew up in Lincolnville, Maine, exploring the outdoors

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Levin Keynote

High school student Sam Levin, who started a student-run garden at his school, told Common Ground Fairgoers, “We can change the world. It’s just going to have to happen one plate of bomb tomatillo salsa at a time.” English photo. By Sam Levin A junior at Monument High School in Great Barrington, Mass., Sam Levin

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Guzzi Keynote

In his Common Ground keynote speech, Mark Guzzi described the days and seasons on his Peacemeal Farm and his efforts not to feed the world, but “just” to feed his friends, family and community. English photo. By Mark Guzzi One of the region’s most successful young farmers, Mark Guzzi has been growing and direct marketing

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Miller Keynote

Lynn Miller was accompanied by Jon Fishman of Phish on the vacuum cleaner at the start of his speech at the Common Ground Fair. Miller and others have started a Small Farms Conservancy to promote and protect family farming. English photo. Lynn Miller, editor of the Small Farmer’s Journal, gave a surprise speech – accompanied

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Jay Feldman Keynote

Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides told Common Ground Fairgoers that organic is necessary to get off the pesticide treadmill. English photo. Common Ground Country Fair Keynote Speech By Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides September 22, 2012 I am honored to be here and share this great occasion with you – in a state and

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