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Margie Shannon

Here’s a memory from Margie Shannon: “I have been interested in flax since I as 8. When I became an adult I grew it, got tools at flea markets and learned all I could about processing flax. Finally, about 5 years ago I was able to grow, ret, break and hetchel it, and then spin

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Seraphina Erhart 2

Here’s a memory from Seraphina Erhart: “Chris loved the stilts at the fair, later he went on to do a local circus, riding a unicycle and juggling at MDIHS. Chris would volunteer in the children’s area back then, stilts were his favorite but also hammering nails, etc. As a group in our neighborhood we eventually

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Melinda Corey

Here’s a memory from Melinda Corey: “We knew the fair was magical from the first time we attended, when our now 13-year-old was an infant. It’s now our favorite weekend of the year. Living without these past two years has been rough! We’ve developed a tradition of making a weekend of it with some of

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Nicolas Lindholm

Here’s a memory from Nicolas Lindholm: “I really can’t emphasize enough just how significant the impact of MOFGA has been on my life … That’s as a farmer, a gardener and homesteader, and landowner of both prime farmland, wild blueberry land and forest land, and as an eater and consumer … It’s just been such

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Amy Bigelow “First Frost”

This story appeared in the 2021 fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in response to the theme “first frost.” Transferring to a new high school brings a world of new traditions, opportunities and experiences. My move from a rural public high school in New Hampshire to the Maine School of Science and

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Dwight Gagnon “First Frost”

This story appeared in the 2021 fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in response to the theme “first frost.” In the fall of 1969, I was 14 and my family had moved to my great-grandfather’s abandoned homestead in Benton, Maine. It was supposed to be temporary. My family had come here after

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Jack Kertesz “First Frost”

This story appeared in the 2021 fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in response to the theme “first frost.” Frost, you say? Probably one of my least favorite aspects of fall is this landscape-altering feature. Over the years of gardening on MOFGA’s fairgrounds, I have learned to associate the approach of the

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Audrey Zimmerman “First Frost”

This story appeared in the 2021 fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in response to the theme “first frost.” Back in the late 1980s, we had our eyes on a piece of land in southern Aroostook County and our dreams set for gardening and farming there. But we had never lived much

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Nancy Galland “First Frost”

This story appeared in the 2021 fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in response to the theme “first frost.” We scrambled among the rambling, leafy vines, crating squash as fast as we could and trucked it to the tractor shed for storage. We piled the 50-pound crates, totaling about a ton, full

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Seraphina Erhart

Here’s a memory from Seraphina Erhart: “I was only 10 and not old enough to volunteer yet but I wanted to hang out with my neighbor/childhood friend Jen who was 4 years older, so I would always spend her children’s area shifts with her. Here you can see she had painted my face. A few

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