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Learn, Eat and Share at the Farmer to Farmer Conference!

Farmers from around the state will gather at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine, November 5-7 to learn from their peers and agricultural experts from around the Northeast. Participants can join with their fellow farmers at this year’s conference for three days of offerings including 30 educational sessions, farm tours and delicious local food.  The

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Celebrate Annual Harvests at Great Maine Apple Day

Join the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for Great Maine Apple Day, a celebration of the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples. We will celebrate the fall season together while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. This annual event takes place on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 4 p.m., at

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A Recording-Breaking Fair

With a total of 67,848 fairgoers, the 2022 Common Ground Country Fair was a record-breaking event (the previous record was 65,098 in 2015). Fairgoers poured in from around the Northeast and beyond to enjoy live music, organic food, Maine artisan crafts and a variety of educational opportunities, with over 500 presentations.  “We were so excited

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Grandy Organics Donates to PFAS Relief Fund

MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) are jointly administering a PFAS emergency relief fund to support any Maine farm dealing with potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. This fund is meant to serve as a safety net for farms. It provides funding for initial PFAS testing on farms that choose to do their own

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Read the Fairbook Online

The fall issue of MOFGA’s publication, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, is now available to read for free online. You can also download the publication. Inside, you’ll find tips for the farm, garden and homestead. Topics include building a compost bin from pallets, managing perennial weeds and cooking with heritage fruits. This issue also

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A Message from the Fair Director

After two long years, everything is aligning for a great in-person Fair. It will be wonderful to see everyone! The volunteer planning team and MOFGA staff have been working over the past two years to prepare, and we are thrilled to debut a more spacious layout on the fairgrounds. Please be sure to consult the

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Volunteering at the Common Ground Country Fair

Thank you to the many volunteers who make 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 happen without you! We have volunteer shifts available before, during and after

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Join Us in the Exhibition Hall at the Common Ground Country Fair

All farmers and gardeners, new or experienced, young or old, commercial or backyard, are invited to bring the bounty and beauty of their crops and preserved foods to display at the Common Ground Exhibition Hall. Art, photos and crafts are also welcome. The Exhibition Hall at the Common Ground Country Fair maintains one of the

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The Common Ground Country Fair Schedule is Now Live

A Thousand Ways to Experience the Common Ground Country Fair The wait is over: The Common Ground Country Fair schedule for 2022 is now available! With a comprehensive list of exhibitors, workshops, vendors, musicians, speakers, children’s activities and more at this year’s Common Ground Country Fair, it is not too early to start planning how

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Maine Heritage Orchard Crew Co-Authors Report on Apple Identity

“What’s in a name? The importance of identity in heirloom apple tree preservation” is a brief report detailing the latest conversations around DNA analysis of fruit trees and how DNA will tie into the preservation of heritage fruit. It’s a great read for fruit explorers, apple lovers and orchardists alike.  Some familiar names you might

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