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2015 Fair Poster


Common Ground
Country Fair

Presented by the
Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Association

September 25, 26 & 27, 2015
Unity, Maine

Thank you to all who
attended the Fair!

Consider helping the post-Fair cleanup crew. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Anna Libby for information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Less tasty—and not as good for you
Grist - 1/27/2009.
New study from HortScience documents lower levels of nutrients than fifty years ago in many vegetables.
A low-tech treatment for bee plague
The New York Times - 1/27/2009.
As I climbed the final slope, I could see that two of the hilltop hives were already thrumming with activity: bees lifted off from the entry holes, catching the light and rising like sparks on a wind; and bees spiraled in for a landing, returning already from their first outings. The third hive, however, was conspicuously quiet — its entrance a small dark hole offering no sign of life. Colony Collapse, I thought: The bee plague.
$40,000 grant to benefit grain project
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2009.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine - A $40,000 grant will help a local group expand local grain production, building on a gristmill plan already in action with the recent purchase of the former Somerset County Jail. Heart of Maine Resource Conservation and Development in Bangor, and the Kneading Conference in the Skowhegan area have been awarded the grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation.
EPA releases new report on toxins in sewage sludge
Organic Consumers - 1/26/2009.
What's the downside to clean water? Dirty sludge. A nationwide survey of sewage treatment plants shows that the sludge they produce – the residue from cleaning up wastewater – contains a wide variety of toxic metals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other compounds, including some antibiotics in surprisingly high concentrations.
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October 9-12 - Four-day Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

October 10-12 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing, Unity

October 18 - Great Maine Apple Day

October 19 - "Women Owning Woodlands" workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center

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