The Social and Political Action Area of the Fair serves as a common ground for a wide variety of organizations and ethnic groups to explore shared values and possible areas of cooperation; to encourage environmental protection and a respect for all living things; to make it possible for people to earn a living through their work and to develop their potential as human beings; to support public policy that promotes these objectives; to educate the public to injustices; and to provide opportunities to help right these injustices.
Sustainable agriculture requires sustainable communities. The very basis and justification of organic agriculture is that it should not harm the earth, its plants, animals and its people. As we contemplate and support changes in our food system and our systems of land ownership and use, and as we return to a system which both supports and benefits from organic and locally grown food, we need to be aware of trade, agricultural land use policies, human rights and suffering throughout the world.
Area Coordinators have set the following goals for the Social & Political Action Area:
- To promote a bioregion that is environmentally sound and is sustainable, meeting the basic needs of all living things, in accordance with humane principles.
- To provide an opportunity for groups advocating for sustainable agriculture and communities, peace, social equity, civil/human rights and concern for the rights of all living species (including groups addressing international environmental and agricultural problems) to present ideas and information.
- To provide, in addition to educational activities occurring at each booth, a forum for scheduled presentations and debate.
- To accommodate activities, including those for profit, that are compatible with the area.
Social and Political Action Exhibitor Information
Applications are due by April 19th and must be accompanied by a $10.00 processing fee. Please mark this information on your calendars.
Applications may be submitted after April 19, but these will not be considered until all applications received by April 19 have been reviewed. In recent years we have had a number of late applicants, including some from long-time exhibitors, who weren't able to get a booth at the Fair because we had an abundance of applications by the deadline.
Also, booth fees increase by $50 after April 19. So please don't be late.
2013 Social & Politcal Action Online Application
2013 Social & Political Action Guidelines Packet
2013 Common Ground Country Fair Presenter Application
Note: You can use the online form on a Windows, Mac or Linux computer as long as you're using a supported web browser and have an internet connection. Please Do Not use Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Supported browsers are:
Beth Leonard & Gary Lawless