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Chief Barry Dana

Chief Barry Dana of the Penobscot Nation speaks with fairgoers after his keynote address. The simple Penobscot prayer, “All my relations,” symbolizes the Native view of nature, said Dana. English photo. Keynote Address by Chief Barry Dana at the 2001 Common Ground Country Fair Barry Dana, Chief of the Penobscot Nation, grew up on Indian

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Ronnie Dugger

Ronnie Dugger with Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who, when she was 89 years old, walked 3200 miles across the United States to promote campaign finance reform. “Don’t waste your time!” said Granny D to fairgoers. English photo. Keynote Address by Ronnie Dugger, Founder of the Alliance for Democracy On Friday, Sept. 21, Ronnie Dugger, founder

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2001 Teach In

2001 MOFGA Public Policy Teach-In Saturday, 1 p.m., YEZ Tent How does the Maine legislative process work and how can citizens participate most effectively in the process? A teach-in organized by MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee will address these questions on Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the YEZ Tent at the Common Ground Fair

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Parade

The Children’s Vegetable Garden Parade at the Common Ground Country Fair. Shown here: the potato costume. English photo. Twenty Years of the Children’s Garden Parade at Common Ground By Jean English In 1990, MOFGA member Beedy Parker wanted to spread the message that the Common Ground Country Fair “means common ground. There’s a lot of

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CR Lawn Keynote

By CR Lawn, Fedco Founder and MOFGA Treasurer Thank you. I am deeply honored and moved to be here. A quarter century ago, in February, 1975, while I was living in a neighbor’s barn and building my house, I plunked down five bucks to join MOFGA and shared my intentions to start an organic market garden. I’ve

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Cooking

For many years, John Bunker has identified and described the wealth of Maine’s apple varieties at the Great Maine Apple Day (Saturday, Oct. 24, this year, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center). Recently, demonstrations of the best ways to cook with different apple varieties have added even more flavor to the event. English photo. By

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Guzzi Keynote

In his Common Ground keynote speech, Mark Guzzi described the days and seasons on his Peacemeal Farm and his efforts not to feed the world, but “just” to feed his friends, family and community. English photo. By Mark Guzzi One of the region’s most successful young farmers, Mark Guzzi has been growing and direct marketing

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Miller Keynote

Lynn Miller was accompanied by Jon Fishman of Phish on the vacuum cleaner at the start of his speech at the Common Ground Fair. Miller and others have started a Small Farms Conservancy to promote and protect family farming. English photo. Lynn Miller, editor of the Small Farmer’s Journal, gave a surprise speech – accompanied

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Public Policy Teach In

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Department of Health and Human Services, nearly three out of every five Mainers are obese or overweight. Obesity rates in Maine have risen 100 percent in 17 years. Between one and five people die every day in Maine from causes related to being obese or overweight.

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Sandra Steingraber

Noted author and biologist Sandra Steingraber talked about economic and ecological collapse – and about rescuing a farm – at a teach-in at the Common Ground Country Fair. English photo. By Sharon Tisher What if we paid as much attention to our global ecological crisis as we do to our global financial crisis? With this

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