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Kit Whited
Kit Whited
Linda Knowles
Linda Knowles
Diane Schivera
Diane Schivera

New Faces in the MOFGA Office
Farmer to Farmer Conference – 1998


New Faces in the MOFGA Office

Kit Whited – Office Assistant

One of MOFGA’s earliest employees has joined the MOFGA staff once again. Kit Whited started in May as a part-time office assistant. Her contributions to the Common Ground Country Fair office have been invaluable since she started, as she has a great historical perspective on MOFGA and the Fair itself. Twenty years ago Kit worked in the MOFGA office in Hallowell. She also volunteered at the earliest Common Ground Country Fairs in Litchfield.

Over the years, Kit and her five children have volunteered for the Fair’s Draft Horse Show, Children’s and Recycling Areas. Gabe, the second of Kit’s children, was born on Friday of the 1982 Fair and has attended every Fair since his birth. Kit’s oldest son, Tucker, spent the summer working at MOFGA’s permanent home, helping to prepare the site in time for this year’s Fair. When you walk around MOFGA’s new grounds, take note of the beautiful flower beds and landscaping which Kit and her children and helped plan and plant.

Kit is a superwoman. Despite the demands that MOFGA places on her time and energy, she has returned to school this fall to work toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. She also works part-time with the Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, speaking to groups of low-income women about Family Development Accounts. She and her children reside in Unity.

Linda Knowles – Secretary/Receptionist

If you call the MOFGA office you may be surprised by the new voice answering the phone. Linda Knowles started working as MOFGA’s secretary/receptionist in May. Linda has taken over for Gail Flagg who had the position for the past 10 years. Gail left MOFGA just before giving birth to her second son, Jonathan.

Before coming to MOFGA, Linda worked for the Bonney Training & Staffing temp agency. After doing all kinds of jobs for many different companies, she’s glad to be settled in at MOFGA, and hopes to stay for quite some time.

“Almost every day brings something new to learn, and I love the MOFGA working environment,” said Linda. “Although I’ve never made it to the Common Ground Country Fair, I eagerly look forward to participating and enjoying it this year.”

Linda resides in West Gardiner with her husband, Bryan, and their two daughters, Alexandra (8) and Deserae (4).

Diane Schivera – Program Assistant

MOFGA’s Certification Program finally has a much-needed assistant – Diane Schivera who began working in the office in May. Diane’s position involves working with dairy farmers, doing farm inspections and helping Eric Sideman with the certification process.

Diane is committed to growing much of her own food completely organically. She raises her chickens and her dog organically too! MOFGA members in the mid-coast region may recognize Diane’s face from the Good Tern Food Co-op in Rockland where she holds down a full-time job. Diane decided to add the work with MOFGA to her busy schedule in order to promote sustainable living in a more active way.

For several years, Diane has danced with the Highland Mary Morris Dancers. Look for her on Saturday at the Common Ground Country Fair this year.

Diane lives on a farm in Appleton.

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Farmer to Farmer Conference – 1998

MOFGA will host the 9th annual Farmer to Farmer Conference on November 6, 7 & 8 at Atlantic Oakes-by-the-Sea in Bar Harbor, Maine. Presentations and workshops at the conference allow enough time to really discuss subjects, speakers have actually gotten their hands dirty doing what they're talking about, and interaction among participants during non-scheduled hours is part of the plan. Food served at the conference is mostly organic and locally-grown. We hope that this conference can be a mini-vacation as well as a learning opportunity for farm families. Farmers interested in attending the conference should contact the MOFGA office for a registration brochure. Write to: Farmer to Farmer Conference, PO Box 2176, Augusta, ME 04338. Or call: 207-622-3118. Or email: mofga@mofga.org.

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