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 Agricultural Demonstrations (Ag Demos)

Welcome to the Agricultural Demonstrations (Ag Demos) Area
of the Common Ground Country Fair!

Talks, Workshops, Demonstrations and Resources for Farmers and Gardeners

A hallmark of Common Ground is the considerable menu of talks and demonstrations on topics pertinent to farmers and gardeners offered throughout the weekend, particularly in the Agricultural and Livestock areas. Whether you are an experienced farmer or gardener looking for insight on a specific topic, a new farmer with questions about business or access to land, or a homesteader looking to diversify your operation, the presenters at Common Ground represent a wealth of agricultural experience and knowledge. In addition to the many presentations, organizations that support farmers and rural communities are on hand in the Agricultural Demonstrations Tent to share their knowledge and resources. And MOFGA’s agricultural services and certification staff are in the MOFGA tent throughout the weekend to answer questions about crops, livestock and organic certification.

The Agricultural Demonstrations area is open to individuals and organizations furthering sustainable agriculture and strengthening rural communities. The emphasis in this area is on teaching and demonstrating farming and gardening skills, strengthening agricultural economies and communities, and organization building and networking. To support this purpose, we offer exhibit space as well as opportunities for participants to present topical educational talks and demonstrations.

2016 Agricultural Demonstrations Area Guidelines

2016 Agricultural Demonstrations Application is Available Here

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 Coordinators Needed Minimize

The Ag Demo area is in need of input and volunteer effort now and at the Fair. The following are some areas of need. Please email the Fair staff at MOFGA at commonground@mofga.org or call 568-4142 if you're interested in helping out with the Ag Demo area.

We will need volunteers at each of four tents in the Ag Demo area: Litchfield (speakers tent), Windsor (speakers tent), the Ag Demonstrations Exhibitors Tent and the AV Tent. The AV tent volunteers should be acquainted with operation of slide projectors, computer presentation hook up with digital projector. We need one volunteer for each tent for two shifts each day or 8 volunteers altogether.

We are also in need of someone who knows how to clean seed with the type of equipment which has been at the fair in the past. At least some of that equipment will be present at the fair but we need some knowledgeable people to run it, particularly on Friday. We also will need some raw seed to process if you have any kicking around.

Exhibitors: Exhibitor Recruitment - who do we want? how do we invite new participants? Do you have topics you want addressed in the Ag Demonstration Exhibitor area at the fair? Are there past speakers you would/would not recommend?

Presentation Application Reviews: Want to have a say so in who gives presentations?

Booth & Tent Set-up: Mapping out what's on paper on the ground--set up tables and chairs-put up signs on Thursday before the Fair.

Demos: Topic Development - what do we want to be talked about?

Speaker Recruitment: Who do we want to do the talking? If you have ideas for topic can you give me proposed speaker(s) and contact info?

Speaker Tent Management: Welcome speakers, stage/time manager, someone to manage chairs, flip charts, etc... Volunteers for 4 hour shifts at the Fair. Being there to welcome, observe, troubleshoot and manage. Hand out speakers materials and feedback forms to attendees for feedback via the fair feedback kiosks (in planning stages). Give presenters their t-shirt or honorarium check and meals ticket at the conclusion of each talk. Keep dry erase board up-to-date with changes and cancellations.


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