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Online ticket sales for the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair are CLOSED.

Ticket prices at the gates are increasing to help support improved services and higher operation costs. You may still buy Advance Tickets at any of the OUTLETS LISTED HERE up until Fair time.

Our Store is now closed except for memberships, donations and registrations for events and workshops so that we may focus on getting our new inventory ready for the Country Store on the fairgrounds. 2014 Fair T-shirts, tote bags, aprons and more will be available online by October 1.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
EU Commission wants restrictions on pesticides that can harm bees
Reuters - 1/31/2013.
By Claire Davenport - The European Commission said on Thursday it wanted EU member states restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the decline of bees.
Organic begins with seed
The Washington Post - 1/31/2013.
By Barbara Damrosch - A seed purveyor needs to be right on top of the trends, and Renee Shepherd is no exception. She sells seed packets to home gardeners online at Reneesgarden.com and through gardening retailers. The “hot new trends” she identifies in her spring media kit include heirlooms, rainbow vegetables, container plants and ones that nurture beneficial insects. Leading the list is organic seed, of which she has a new line.
Big cuts in catch bring 'sad day' for fishermen
Portland Press Herald - 1/31/2013.
By Jessica Hall - Portsmouth, N.H.: Fishermen say drastic catch limits endorsed by regulators Wednesday will destroy New England's groundfishing industry. In its most dramatic move yet to protect dwindling stocks of cod, the New England Fishery Management Council passed a 77 percent reduction in the catch limit for Gulf of Maine cod.
Places Birds Sleep
Treehugger - 1/31/2013.
By Chris Tackett - Protecting birds is a worthwhile cause for many reasons, but it doesn't hurt to remember the many ways they benefit humans. Birds keep insect populations under control, spread seeds, pollinate plants and in cities, they even help keep things clean by eating dropped food or picking up pieces of trash to use in their nests.
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