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Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch Power to the People: Drawing Strength from the Pandemic By Barbara Damrosch Barbara Damrosch is a 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”; and a past MOFGA president. Her keynote address at the

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Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman Farming While Black: Part I – African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice By 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. Author of “Farming While Black: Soul

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Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke Relocalizing and Restoring Traditional Food Varieties: Building a Regional Indigenous and Local Food System By Winona LaDuke Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous economics, food, and energy policy. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and is the executive director

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On Common Ground

By Kami Pendleton Everyone comes to the Common Ground Country Fair for a reason. Whether for the food, the animals, the agriculture or the crafts, you can always learn something new here. The Fair is about education and appreciation. I have been coming to the Fair almost all my life, but I had a chance

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EarthLooms Weave Community at MOFGAs Common Ground Country Fair

Susan Barrett Merrill’s husband, Richard, made the old cedar EarthLoom that stood in the pocket park and dye garden at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center for many years. English photo The new granite EarthLoom. English photo Joe Auciello of the Maine Stoneworkers Guild created the new EarthLoom. Merrill designed the EarthLoom and makes Zati masks

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Mather Keynote

Mort Mather, involved in MOFGA since it began 40 years ago, talked about the history of the organization during his keynote speech at the Common Ground Fair. English photo. By Mort Mather Mort Mather was MOFGA’s third president and soon after served as president for two more years. He was among the first certified organic

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Libby Keynote

Russell Libby. English photo. By Russell Libby, MOFGA’s executive director Russell Libby was a keynote speaker at the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair. Following is his speech. Good morning. It’s an honor to be here. For 35 years, since the first Fair in Litchfield, it’s been a pleasure to be with so many of you

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Damrosch Keynote

Barbara Damrosch. English photo. By Barbara Damrosch, MOFGA president and keynote speaker, 2011 Common Ground Country Fair Since the theme of the Fair this year is climate change, we arranged for the weather to change every 20 minutes on Friday and Saturday and the temperature today to get up to 80, to illustrate the point.

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Teach In

Climate change panelists, from left to right: Stephen Mulkey, John Jemison, Sharon Tisher (moderator), Lou McNally, Dylan Voorhees and Andy Burt. English photo. Maine gardener Beedy Parker notes that we are experiencing generally longer growing seasons, but they are unpredictable and undependable due to extremes of temperature, moisture and storm intensity. Parker was the moving

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1998 Teach In

Tokar and Lawn on Tape What You Can Do About Genetic Engineering in Our Food System “Never before have the results of new scientific discoveries been so heavily promoted and so rapidly rushed to market. Never before has the course of basic scientific research been so thoroughly and single-minded­ly driven by commer­cial considerations.” – Brian

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