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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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2004 Poster Winner Genny Keller – Fifth Try Never Fails!

2004 Common Ground Country Fair poster art by Genevieve Keller. By Jean English Much like growing a garden, perseverance pays off for artists who enter the Common Ground Country Fair poster contest. Genevieve Keller of Whitefield, Maine, started entering the contest in 1992, and her fifth try won! Her design depicts a cawing black crow perched upon …

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2010 Fall Fair News

Welcome to the 34th Common Ground Country Fair! By Jim Ahearne The Fair has grown a lot over the last 34 years. More than 700 exhibitors, demonstrators, speakers and artists now participate in the Fair. Behind all this activity is a remarkable group of volunteers who continue to inspire and create. Planning Common Ground is a …

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2015 Common Kitchen Donors

The Common Kitchen is a hub of activity before, during and after the Common Ground Country Fair, feeding upward of 2,000 volunteers delicious and nourishing meals made with local and organic ingredients. Dedicated and talented volunteers transform the generous food donations from farms, markets, bakeries and food companies into nearly 6,000 meals for Fair volunteers …

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2003 Common Kitchen

Another wonderful Common Ground Fair has come and gone. This is my 27th as a volunteer and 14th as a co-coordinator of the Common Kitchen, and this was our best year ever! We added two new co-coordinators: Patti Hamilton planned breakfast the three days of the Fair and transformed our wholesome but boring breakfast fare …

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