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Three people pose in front of the packed common at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Farmer Mental Health

2023 Common Ground Country Fair Keynote: Sunday, September 24 By Jaclyn Wypler MOFGA aims to transform the food system by advocating through organic agriculture, highlighting its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production and thriving communities. I believe that sexuality and mental health are also intricately tied to food systems; queerness and wellness are […]

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Ryan Parker stands on a podium in front of the common to deliver his keynote address.

Kids Learn Best When They Learn by Doing — Experiential Learning for All Maine Students

2023 Common Ground Country Fair Keynote: Friday, September 22 By Ryan Parker FoodCorps was formed in 2011 with a mission to connect kids to healthy food through experiential learning with school gardens and cooking. Since then, many of our partner schools in Maine, particularly in the past five years, have been successful; meaning the schools

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An educational display by the Maine School Garden Network

School Garden Grown!

Connecting Maine’s School Gardens with Agricultural Fairs By Susan Sager, Maine School Garden Network School Garden Grown!, a program of the Maine School Garden Network, has been connecting Maine’s school gardens with local agricultural fairs around the state since 2016. To date, over 500 entries from school gardens have been viewed, judged and awarded ribbons

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Maulian Dana delivers a keynote speech from a wooden podium adorned with a canvas banner, which bears the green tree logo of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Tribal Sovereignty in Wabanaki Homeland: History, Policy, Connectedness and the Next Generations 

By Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador I am honored to be able to share some of the recent efforts from the Wabanaki Alliance and tribal government administrations regarding policy and reconciling deep generational harm. I titled this talk with the goal in mind to impress upon you the impact that the struggles in Maine

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Amara Ifeji

Food Insecurity and its Interconnectedness to the Climate Crisis

By Amara Ifeji The ever-encompassing tree in the yard of a modest D.C. home was no stranger to a young Amarachukwu Ifeji. There, a climate justice activist was born. Her most formative experience tied culture to her forthcoming environmental passion in a most formative way. Today, she offers up her story to you all in

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Leah-Penniman

Farming While Black: Part 2 – Farming and Food Justice at Soul Fire Farm

By Leah Penniman Leah Penniman is the author of “Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land,” and serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color-led project that works toward food and land justice. The first part of Penniman’s 2020 Common Ground Country Fair

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Year 2020

Artwork by Joy Grannis A strong combination of nature, nurture and determination led Joy Grannis to create the winning design featuring native bee balm (Monarda didyma) flowers and honeybees for the 2020 Common Ground Country Fair art contest. Grannis comes for a family of artists. Her uncle was a talented goldsmith, her grandmother was a

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