Environmental Concerns Area
Environmental Concerns Area Letter:
March 17, 2005
I would first like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Toni Bingel Pied, and I will be taking over for Matt Scease as the Volunteer Environmental Concerns Area Coordinator for the Common Ground Fair. I am very excited to take on this new role, and look forward to working with all of this year's participants.
Next, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Spring, and to let you know it is time to start planning for the Common Ground Fair in September.
Enclosed is the Environmental Concerns Area application. Applications must be postmarked by April 22nd, and must be accompanied by a $5.00 processing fee. Please mark this information on your calendars. We receive more applications than we have space for. One of the criteria for selecting an applicant is meeting the April 22nd deadline. Also, the processing fee for applications postmarked after April 22nd jumps to $50.00, so don't be late!
Here are the important dates for participating in the Environmental Concerns Area:
April 22 Applications must be postmarked by this date.
May 13 Coordinator notifies applicants of their status.
June 3 Applicants must postmark contracts and booth fees by this date.
Mid-August Fair office sends out confirmation packs.
September 23, 24 & 25 The Fair!
I look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions.
Toni Bingel Pied
Volunteer Environmental Concerns Area Coordinator
Coordinator: Toni Bingel Pied
Purpose: Environmental Concerns is an educational outreach area in which Maine-based organizations and organizations that have a presence in Maine encourage environmental protection and respect for all living things.
The goals of the Environmental Concerns Area are:
- 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 expressing concern for the rights of all living systems (including groups addressing international environmental and agricultural problems) to present ideas and information.
- To provide a forum for scheduled presentations for these groups.
- To accommodate activities, including those for profit, that are compatible with the area.
Guidelines for Environmental Concerns
- The mission of each group participating in this area should be in accord with the stated purpose and goals of the area.
- Participating groups must be organizations that promote views compatible with a sustainable environment and whose principles and practices embody respect for the planet and all of her beings. The Area Coordinator may give preference to grassroots and local organizations.
- Items sold for fund-raising must intrinsically state the message of the organization and must be made of environmentally sustainable materials.
- Booth displays should be educational, conveying the group's message in an appropriate manner.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
Common Ground Country Fair
PO Box 170
Unity, ME 04988