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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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2017 Poster for the Common Ground Country Fair

See You at the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair!

The schedule for the 2017 Common Ground Country Fair is posted at http://mofga.org/TheFair/ScheduleofEvents/tabid/106/Default.aspx. Make your plans now to enjoy some of more than 750 workshops, demonstrations, talks and other events at the September 22-24 Fair at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Remember that you can buy advance tickets until September 17 and that MOFGA members get in free all three days of the Fair. Those who volunteer for a 4-hour shift also get in free and get a Fair T-shirt and a meal in our Common Kitchen.

The poster is available online through our MOFGA Store.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farming boosts farmers markets
ABC News [Australia] - 1/29/2010.
By Simon Santow – In the rich soils of Byron Bay, farmer Alisdair Smithsom grows seasonal fruit and vegetables for local markets, and is helping to grow the local economy at the same time. Farmhand Beck was unemployed when she moved to the area, and found the best way to eat organic food was to volunteer on an organic farm for one day a week in exchange for a box of vegies. "A year and a half later, I'm living on the farm, working on the farm, and it's fantastic," she said.
Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels
The New York Times - 1/28/2010.
By Tara Parker-Pope – Although food labels are supposed to tell us exactly what’s in the food we’re buying, marketers have created a language all their own to make foods sound more healthful than they really are. Today’s “Consumer Ally” column on AOL’s WalletPop site explores misleading food-label lingo, noting that some commonly used phrases have “almost no meaning.”
Organic or conventional, farmers are working in unison
Kennebec Journal - 1/26/2010.
Op-Ed by Jon Olson, Maine Farm Bureau – Maine agriculture is on a roll. While the number of farms in the United States is declining, the number of Maine farms is growing. The last U.S. Department of Agriculture census counted 8,136 Maine farms in 2007. That's a gain of over 2,000 farms in the last 10 years. Farmers markets are increasingly popular and more and more people are signing up to buy directly from farmers through CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
And the winner of the USDA food safety sweepstakes is …
Grist - 1/26/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Dr. Elizabeth Hagen! No, you’re not expected to know who she is. Suffice it to say that, as anticipated, USDA Chief Tom Vilsack turned to an under-the-radar choice for Under Secretary of Food Safety. Hagen, currently the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, will, if confirmed, take charge of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is responsible for the safety of meat and poultry products. The interesting aspect of this pick is that she is an infectious disease doc and public health specialist who has been working at USDA for several years – and thus should have a good grounding in food safety methods.
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