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Sign Up Now to Volunteer at the Fair

Did you know that each year over 2,000 volunteers contribute their time and energy to make the three days of the Common Ground Country Fair possible? We rely on volunteers to direct traffic, greet fairgoers, sort compost and recycling, entertain children and perform countless other tasks that make the Fair a success. The Fair couldn’t

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The Common Ground Country Fair Schedule is Online!

The 2023 Common Ground Country Fair schedule is now available online! Every year the Common Ground Country Fair hosts over 700 scheduled events ranging from educational talks about farming and gardening to livestock demonstrations to yoga classes to performances by Maine-based entertainers. This year we are excited to offer many of the staples of the

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Keynote Speakers at the 2023 Common Ground Country Fair

MOFGA is pleased to announce the keynote speaker lineup for the 2023 Common Ground Country Fair. Each day of the Fair, keynote speeches are presented from 11 a.m. to noon on the common. First up, on Friday, September 22, is Ryan Parker, farmer, writer, and FoodCorps Impact and Partnerships Lead, Maine. Parker’s keynote “Kids Learn

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Tickets are now on sale for the Common Ground Country Fair!

Tickets are on sale now for the 47th annual Common Ground Country Fair at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. The fair, the premier event of MOFGA, will take place on September 22, 23 and 24.  MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living offers something for everyone. This year, MOFGA is excited to welcome

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MOFGA Denounces Mills’ Veto Of Farmworker Minimum Wage

MOFGA is astounded by Governor Mills’ last minute veto of a bill (LD 398) that would ensure a farmworker’s right to minimum wage. Under current federal and Maine law, farmworkers are ensured of only $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage — unchanged since July of 2009), no overtime and no protected right to engage

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MOFGA’s Summer Reading List

Looking for a book to read this summer? Here’s a look back at some of our favorite books reviewed in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in 2023. The short list includes cookbooks and deep dives into some of the most pressing issues of our time, from climate change to biodiversity loss. For the full

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This Farm Bill Must Go Big on the Health of the Planet

The Senate and House Agriculture Committees of Congress are well into discussions on the 2023 Farm Bill, the country’s enormous spending package that strives to secure our nation’s food supply, support our farmers, and protect the natural resources on which our food and agriculture systems depend. It’s difficult to comprehend the scope and size of

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Read the Summer MOF&G

The summer issue of MOFGA’s publication, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, is now available. In it, you’ll find tips for the farm, garden and homestead. Topics include bundle dyeing with plant materials, overwintering peas as a cover crop and for spring harvests, building a cold frame, and record-keeping on the farm. Plus, our annual Daytripping list highlights farms

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Daytripping: Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

At farm and garden tours this summer, learn about seed saving, organic vegetable gardening, no-till practices, permaculture, growing fruit trees organically, raising rabbits, building a stone wall, and much more. For more farms to visit this summer, please check the event calendar on MOFGA’s website, where you’ll find Farmer to Farmer in the Field events,

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