Common Ground Country Fair Keynote Speaker Index

Barbara Damrosch

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”

Power to the People: Drawing Strength from the Pandemic

Sunday, September 27, 2020

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Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years.

Farming While Black

Saturday, September 26, 2020



Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous economics, food, and energy policy.

Relocalizing and Restoring Traditional Food Varieties: Building a Regional Indigenous and Local Food System

Friday, September 25, 2020



Anne Devin

Owner and operator, Chase Stream Farm; veteran outreach coordinator, Maine AgrAbility and MOFGA

United We Grow: Veterans in Agriculture

Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Carey Gillam

Research Director of U.S. Right to Know, investigative journalist and author of “Whitewash – The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science”

Decades of Deceit – A Critical Eye on Pesticides, Science and Industry

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Representative Craig Hickman

Organic farmer, State Representative, House Chair – Committee on Agriculture Conservation and Forestry

Fumbling Toward Prosperity: Family, Community and the Maine Food Economy

Friday, September 20, 2019

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Hanne Tierney

Owner and operator of Cornerstone Farm, a hog and organic vegetable farm in Palmyra, Maine

Farmers’ Markets & Strong Communities

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Baldemar Velasquez

President and Founder, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)

Our Food System: The Tie to Immigration, Migrant Workers, Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Tristan Noyes

Executive Director of the Maine Grain Alliance and Co-Founder of Gromaine Organic Farm

Growing Together: Reaping the Rewards of a Passionate Interconnected Community

Friday, September 21, 2018

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