Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
1998 Common Ground Fair Plan
1998 Fair Plan by Kent Associates, Planning & Design, Gardiner, Maine.

Making MOFGA’s New Home: The Unity Site Plan
By Brian Kent
Planning the layout of MOFGA’s new site in Unity began in late 1996, when members brainstormed some rough plans, and began to define what the flat, featureless, 35-acre field and its surrounds would have to accommodate. The Permanent Site Planning Committee, led by Ellis Percy, set the agenda: Develop a plan to accommodate Common Ground Fair (and other fairs), MOFGA’s headquarters, a model farmstead (with fields and orchard), and large conferences and educational gatherings.

Icelandic Sheep in Maine
By Laurie Phillips

Oats Ease Tension, Nourish Skin – and Much More
By Deb Soule

Growing Christmas Trees Organically
By Jean English
This article appeared in the Spring, Summer and Winter 1998 issues of
The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Nezinscot Farm
Gregg and Gloria Varney of Nezinscot Farm.
Jane Lamb photo.

Nezinscot Farm: Organic Methods Save a Three-Generation-Old Maine Farm
By Jane Lamb
It’s one thing for back-to-the-landers to come to Maine to start a new life, as many of MOFGA’s founders did more than 25 years ago. It’s quite another for people with deep roots in Maine agriculture to prove that organic methods can also save grandfather’s farm.

Watch an Orchard Grow – At Home or At the Fair
By Roberta Bailey
Close to 2 acres of the Common Ground Country Fair’s permanent site is being planted to an experimental orchard. Another quarter acre or so will be a tree nursery. Both sites will be test plots for soil amendments, cover crops, rootstocks, and new and old fruit cultivars, hardy and tender. A portion of the orchard will be devoted to fruit cultivars that originated in Maine over the last 200 years or more.

Chervil: Classic, Delicious and Easy to Grow
By Ellie MacDougall
If parsley is the workhorse of the herb family, chervil is its refined, sophisticated cousin. A native of Europe and western Asia, and naturalized throughout North America, Anthriscus cerefolium is a member of the family Umbelliferae, as are carrots and parsley. It features lacy leaves that echo the shape of parsley but are far more delicate. Its refreshing flavor hints at licorice. Of the two cultivars, one has flat leaves and the other has curled leaves.


Cider from Tree to Mug and Beyond
By Roberta Bailey
Cider is an extraordinarily versatile beverage that can be enjoyed in its many forms, sweet, semi-sweet, dry, sparkling, still, apple brandy and apple jack, as well as in a staggering number of hot and mulled drinks. Recently, the United States has rediscovered this beverage that quenched the thirst of its founders. Interest in cider making and hard cider has been growing as fast as the microbrewing industry.

Do We Need a Law to Get Farmers to Manage Nutrients?
By Eric Sideman
Very little about farming is natural. In fact, farming is one of the early steps humans took in their drive to conquer nature. Hunting and gathering are the more natural methods that animals employ to procure food for their survival, while farming is a means of procuring enough food with less travel.

Tips & Tidbits
Keeping Birds Away from Grapes
Stretch the Garden Season
What to Do With Waste Wool

Pleased by Editorial about Paper

Bob Sewall
Bob Sewall. Jane Lamb photo.


Support Organic, Support Biodiversity – For All Generations
By Bob Sewall, MOFGA President
It’s early July when I write this, and the summer growing season is far ahead of schedule. My blueberries are eight to ten days earlier than in previous years. While one can never plan a season by the calendar, plenty of old sayings help us gauge the progress of our crops. For example: “You can usually hand-pick a quart of blueberries by the fourth of July.” If the berries are earlier, you plan to harvest earlier, or vice versa. This shows the role that observation plays in helping us regulate our schedules around farming.

The Big Green Dream Comes True
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
Wow! The countdown to Unity has reached small numbers now. I hope you’ll all be pleased with the progress we’ve made in building a new home for MOFGA and the Common Ground Country Fair. Please try to join us in our celebration.

MOFGA Timberframe building 1998
MOFGA's new timberframe building in 1998.

Celebration and Vigilance
By Jean English
Fifteen years ago, I was being lectured by my department chairman at a Land Grant University that I must not use the word ‘organic’ in reference to agriculture, or even to gardening, and that I had a responsibility to recommend synthetic chemicals. After the third lecture, I decided to hit the road before they threw me out. This was a trying time for me. If only I could have looked into a crystal ball and seen … Unity.

Book Reviews
Dynamic Farmers’ Marketing
Test Your Soil with Plants
The Orchard, A Memoir
The Organic Pages

News & Events

BPC Approves Weak Notification Registry

New Faces in the MOFGA Office
1998 Farmer to Farmer Conference

Volunteer Profile
Tom Opper

Fair News
Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm
Brian Tokar: Battle the Biotech Agenda
Special Thanks
Timber Frame Exhibition Hall
Summer Interns
1998 Volunteer Area Coordinators