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Each day of the Common Ground Country Fair, MOFGA presents a keynote speaker at 11 a.m. in the Common. Friday features a MOFGA grower, while Saturday and Sunday feature others working in food, agriculture and the environment. This year MOFGA welcomes John Bunker, Jeffrey Smith and Gary Paul Nabhan.
John Bunker
John Bunker

John Bunker – Long-time MOFGA board member; creator of the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center; Fedco Trees coordinator; and author of Not Far from the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine, 1804-2004. John was recently the subject of a feature article in May issue of The Atlantic magazine titled, “Beyond the Macintosh” – a terrific snapshot of our own “apple whisperer.”

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith


Jeffrey Smith – International spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms; author of the international best seller, Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and more recently, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods; director of the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America from the Institute for Responsible Technology, where he is executive director; producer of the docu-video series The GMO Trilogy; and internationally syndicated columnist of "Spilling the Beans."

Gary Paul Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan – Writer, lecturer, ethnobotanist and world-renowned conservation scientist, co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH and a leading voice for conserving and renovating native plant agriculture in the Americas.

Over three decades, Nabhan has worked with more than a dozen indigenous communities on cross-cultural initiatives to revive indigenous foods to prevent diabetes, to restore ancient agricultural landscapes and to honor traditional knowledge.

For this work and his related writings, he has received a MacArthur Fellowship (the “genius award”); a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Conservation Biology and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is author of 20 books including Coming Home to Eat and, most recently, editor of Renewing America's Food Traditions – Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods (Chelsea Green Publishing).


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