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MOFGA Staff Changes – January 10, 2019

Ryan Dennett, previously MOFGA’s beginning farm programs coordinator, is MOFGA’s new educational programs director. “She was the stand-out candidate from a thorough process that had a very competitive national applicant pool,” says Sarah Alexander, MOFGA’s executive director, adding, “I look forward to working with Ryan in her new role, and know that her wealth of experience in managing programs at the state and national levels will propel her to success with the education department.”

We are also excited that Anna Mueller, previously our educational events coordinator, is now our farmer professional development specialist. In this role she will create more opportunities for farmer professional development by managing our new Maine Farm Resilience Program while continuing her work on current programming for farmers, including our Farmer to Farmer Conference and Farmer to Farmer in the Field.

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Join the 2019 Volunteer Team and Make a Difference at Common Ground

Do you love the Common Ground Country Fair? Maybe you’ve been coming each year since you were young, or maybe you volunteered for a few shifts last year and want to do so again. We are looking for some dedicated individuals to join our volunteer team. Each year many individuals work hard to ensure that the different pieces of the Fair run smoothly. From the parking lots to the kitchen to the speakers’ tents, volunteers take the lead. Do you love wool and yarn, are you up for taking on a shift in the parking lot, or are you excited about alternative ways to get to the Fair? Perhaps you’ve volunteered many times in a particular area and are interested in becoming one of our hardworking area coordinators, organizing volunteers and scheduling events in a particular area of the Fair. Current area coordinator openings are posted at www.mofga.org/The-Fair/Fair-Volunteers. Whatever your interests, you can have a positive impact on the Fair. Online volunteer registration will open in early June. Contact Andrew Graham, MOFGA’s community engagement coordinator, at agraham@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 with any questions.

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MOFGA Accepting Applications for Exhibitors and Presenters for the 2019 Fair

Would you like to be a vendor, exhibitor or demonstrator at the 2019 Common Ground Country Fair? Do you know of a presenter, artisan or Maine enterprise that would be a good fit for Common Ground? The application process for vendors, exhibitors and speakers for the 2019 Fair is underway.

If you are interested in participating in the Fair as a vendor, exhibitor, demonstrator or speaker, but unsure of which area at the Fair is appropriate for you, call us at 207-568-4142 or review the area descriptions and guidelines on the Fair pages of www.mofga.org.

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Start Planning for the 2019 Fair

Here are some things you can do now to start planning for the 2019  Common Ground Country Fair:

  • Volunteer as an area coordinator to help manage a part of the Fair that resonates with you.
  • Create a design for the 2020  Common Ground Country Fair poster design contest. Details are posted on the Fair Poster page at www.mofga.org.
  • Order seeds and start plants for your garden. Results could be entered in the Exhibition Hall displays or offered to the Common Kitchen to help feed volunteers during the Fair. Grow Your Own Organic Garden classes are taught throughout the state in early April to help get you started.
  • Work with your local schools and teachers to plan a student field trip to Common Ground. It's never too early to ask, especially because the Fair comes right after the start of the school year. All student groups get into the Fair free on Friday, and we offer mileage reimbursement to help with travel costs.
  • Work with your local adult education program to organize a community bus trip to Common Ground. It’s a terrific way to help conserve resources while getting preferred parking near the Rose Gate! 
  • Tune your bicycle and body to bicycle, partway or all the way, to the Fair. Each year nearly 600 cyclists pedal to the Fair. 

 

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USDA Gives Consumers Sham GMO Labeling Program for the Holidays

Creates Giant Loopholes, Encourages Barriers to Information and Confuses Terminology

December 24, 2018 – Amidst the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its final standard for labeling foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 63-page report, entitled the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, falls far short of ensuring the public's right to know about GMO-foods.

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