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Fair director April Boucher unveiled the 2015 Common Ground Country Fair poster, by Arika von Edler, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. English photo.

2015 Poster Unveiled!
MOFGA Accepting Applications for Exhibitors and Presenters
Summer Fair Assistant Search
Start Planning for the Fair
Help Organize the Fair!



2015 Poster Unveiled!



A highlight at MOFGA’s annual meeting was the unveiling of the 2015 Common Ground Country Fair poster, which portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

Each year MOFGA invites Maine residents and MOFGA members (regardless of residence) to submit a design for our Common Ground Country Fair poster. The selected design is featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and promotional literature. Plus, the artist is featured in this newspaper and in a press release about the poster contest and selected design. In addition to these benefits, the winning artist receives $1,000. For complete guidelines, including technical specifications, eligibility requirements and timeline, please visit the Poster link on the Fair page at www.mofga.org or contact the MOFGA office at
commonground@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.

Want to be a presenter at the Fair? Let us know! Photo by John Williams.


Applications for Exhibitors and Presenters for the 2015 Fair

Would you like to be a vendor, exhibitor or demonstrator at the 2015 Common Ground Country Fair? Do you know of a presenter, artisan or Maine enterprise that would be a good fit for Common Ground? The application process for vendors, exhibitors and speakers for the 2015 Fair is underway.

If you are interested in participating in the Fair as a vendor, exhibitor, demonstrator or speaker, but unsure of which area at the Fair is appropriate for you, call us for help, or review the area descriptions and guidelines posted on the Fair pages of www.mofga.org.

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Summer Fair Assistant Search

To help us with the seasonal wave of administrative work on the Fair, we hire a part-time seasonal assistant in the MOFGA office. The ideal candidate is available from early May through early October, is experienced working on events and with volunteers, and has a deep enthusiasm for the work of MOFGA, especially the Common Ground Country Fair. The successful candidate also possesses a high level of computer literacy, including proficiency with Macs, cloud-based software such as Google Docs, and experience working with a database, spreadsheets and web content management systems. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this position, please contact Fair director April Boucher at
aprilb@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 ext. 2772

Enter goods from your garden in the Exhibition Hall or offer them to the Common Kitchen. Photo by John Williams.


Start Planning for the Fair

Here are some things you can do now to start planning for the 2015 Common Ground Country Fair:

  • Volunteer as an area coordinator to help manage a part of the Fair that resonates with you.
  • Create a design for the 2016 Common Ground Country Fair poster design contest. Details are posted on the Fair Poster page at www.mofga.org.
  • Order seeds and start plants for your garden. Results could be entered in the Exhibition Hall displays or offered to the Common Kitchen to help feed volunteers during the Fair.
  • Work with your local schools and teachers to plan a student field trip to Common Ground. It's never too early to ask, especially because the Fair comes right after the start of the school year. All student groups get into the Fair free on Friday, and we offer partial reimbursements for school group travel expenses.
  • Organize a community bus trip to Common Ground. It’s a terrific way to help conserve resources while getting preferred parking near the Rose Gate!
  • Tune your bicycle and body so that you can bicycle, partway or all the way, to the Fair. Each year nearly 600 cyclists pedal to the Fair. Valet bicycle parking is provided courtesy of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

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Help Organize the Fair!

Did you know that every piece of the Fair is organized by our hard-working and dedicated Fair Planning Team? We’d love to give these volunteers a big thank you for making the 2014 Fair such a success, and we would like to invite you to share your skills and enthusiasm to help organize the 2015 Fair! 

We have openings for coordinators, assistant coordinators and understudies, and opportunities to provide leadership before, during and after the Fair. Below are some projects and areas where we are looking for help and where you can make a difference. Perhaps you see an area we have missed – please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss the possibilities!

Parking coordination, including

  • traffic signage design and support

  • parking layout and set-up
  • shift leaders
  • volunteer coordination

Volunteer support, including

  • volunteer T-shirt distribution
  • volunteer movie coordination
  • Common Kitchen coordination

Administrative roles, including

  • a school liaison
  • alternative transportation support (promote buses, rideshares, trains, cycling, etc.)
  • Lost and Found coordination

Exhibitor Area coordinators, including

  • Fleece Tent coordinator
  • Media exhibitor coordination


Site logistics, including

  • site cleanup coordination
  • water station coordination

If you would like to take a leadership role in producing our annual celebration, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our website or contact Anna Libby, MOFGA’s volunteer coordinator, at alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.

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