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God Bless World Seed Diversity

Vandana Shiva was enthralled with the diversity of crops, especially of beans, in the Exhibition Hall when she attended Common Ground in 2001. Martha Gottlieb took this wonderful photo of Shiva with an artichoke. By CR Lawn Martha Gottlieb, for 25 years the inspiration of the Common Ground Country Fair’s Exhibition Hall, calls Fair days

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Wellscroft Farm

Left to right: Colin, Julie and David at their booth near the sheepdog demos at the Common Ground Country Fair. John Williams photo Sheep and goats keep the land open at Wellscroft Farm in Harrisville, N.H., affording a view of Mount Monadnock, thanks to modern fencing systems and sheepdogs. English photo Sheepdogs help the Wellscroft

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Memories of Fairs Past

Will Bonsall has been sharing his homesteading and seed saving wisdom with fairgoers since the second Common Ground Country Fair. English photo Common Ground favorites Will Bonsall with Martha Gottlieb, co-coordinator of the Exhibition Hall. Nancy Bowker photo Common Ground and the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad – a wonderful symbiosis. English photo   By

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The Joy of Tasting at the Hayloft Tent

Apple varieties displayed at the Fair. English photo Voice your opinion about apple varieties in the Hayloft Tent at the Fair. English photo By John Bunker In 1993, needing something to spruce up the brand new Fedco Seeds tent at the Common Ground Country Fair, we assembled three modest displays. One featured assorted potatoes; the

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Percy Editorial Fall 2015

By Alice Percy, MOFGA President The fair is 6-1/2 years older than I am, and I have enthusiastically attended almost every single one from the time I was a babe in arms. (I missed two, in the early oughts, because my father – Jim Torbert, the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s representative to the board –

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Curra

Peter Curra at the Common Ground Country Fair Farmers’ Market. English photo Celebrating Five Decades of Farming By Holli Cederholm Peter and Susan Curra are not from Maine, although they have been farming here long enough that no one thinks otherwise. The farm and family history is rooted in Massachusetts soil, where they met, married,

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Ravenwood

Hank Colletto talks about raised bed gardening and green manuring during a farm tour at Ravenwood. English photo. Sustainability Education on a Small Farm in Searsmont By Jean English Inch by inch, row by row, sustainability project by sustainability project, teachers and students at Ravenwood, an education-focused small farm in Searsmont, Maine, have created an

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Potatoes

Ara Dedeian, a POW during WW II, recalls the diet he survived. Photo by John Koster. How Spuds Saved American GIs in Nazi Prison Camps During World War II By John Koster Numbers don’t lie: 28 percent of American and other prisoners of the Japanese died in captivity during World War II, and 90 percent

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