By Sharon Tisher, 1999 MOFGA President
I’m deeply honored to be elected President of MOFGA. To the membership I’d first like to say that I hope you’ll always let me know your thoughts and concerns about the organization and its work. Call me anytime at 581-3158 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To MOFGA’s staff and all of its volunteers I’d like to add my personal thanks and congratulations for the miracle that was the first Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. When the Board voted in late 1997 to move the Fair to Unity, we said we hoped to have “some semblance” of a Common Ground Fair the first year. I know I wasn’t the only one whose sleep was disturbed over the following months with nightmares about what that “semblance” might look like! But as I rounded over the hill Saturday morning and looked down over the colorful tents gleaming through the morning mist, I knew that our field of dreams was not only real but also very fine. The Fair has always been to me a wonderland of beautiful things from the land, the hand, and the mind. This year it was bigger, and better, and our very own.
Finally, I’d like to dedicate this letter and this issue of The MOF&G to the the woman who is at the heart of our connection to you, our membership. That’s Jean English, who this year celebrates her tenth year as editor of this publication. As someone who contributes frequently to The MOF&G, I can tell you that Jean is the best editor I’ve ever had: Jean knows the nuts and bolts of the English language. But insuring that this newspaper is professional and readable is only the beginning. Jean knows and is deeply committed to MOFGA’s mission, and is better informed than anyone I know about the issues that concern us. One only needs to read her editorials or her articles (e.g., “Alternative Fibers for Paper,” June-Aug. ‘98, “Growing Christmas Trees Organically,” June-Aug., Sept.-Nov. ‘98, Dec.-Feb. ‘99) to know the depth of her commitment. Before putting together each issue, Jean delves deeply into countless journals and publications, and navigates the internet, to bring us the most current information about what’s happening in organics, sustainable agriculture, pesticides and biotechnology, nutrition and healthy food. The MOF&G is the only publication I subscribe to that I keep, and go back to again and again. It puts words into action. Every issue gives me new ideas of things I want to do in my home, my garden, my kitchen, and my life. Thank you, Jean.