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Art of sheep shearing returns to Common Ground Country Fair

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September 22, 2018 – By Rachel Ohm, Kennebec Journal – Jeff Burchstead led a shaggy chocolate-colored sheep into the center of a barn Saturday at the Common Ground Country Fair, maneuvering the animal effortlessly until she flopped down on her hind legs atop his feet, ready for a new haircut.

Let towns keep the right to regulate pesticides in their communities

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September 21, 2018 – Bangor Daily News – Last year, pesticide manufacturers tried to undo local pesticide ordinances in Maine as part of a large state-by-state lobbying effort. That failed. Now they are trying to get Congress to undo these local rules in one fell swoop by changing federal regulations through the Farm Bill that is pending in Washington, D.C.

MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

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September 20, 2018 – The Free Press – The 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair will take place at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity this weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 21 to 23.

Our Friend and Champion Paul Birdsall has Passed On

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September 20, 2018 – Small Farmer’s Journal – Our dear, gentle friend farmer Paul Birdsall had the countenance of an old Maine lobsterman-wood cutter mixed with a toy maker’s spirit. He had that long true visage of a man at sea, it started ‘neath the cap bill and waved out and away just as far as need be. He had the posture of a man poised to turn and move onto the next thing that needed doing. No hesitations, no wasted steps.

Why Maine farmers and gardeners are saving seed from this year’s crops

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September 19, 2018 – By Abigail Curtis, Bangor Daily News – Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.

Big city swing at the Country Fair

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September 19, 2018 – By Dagney C. Ernest, Knox Village Soup – Autumn arrives, symbolically and astronomically, with the annual Common Ground Country Fair, running Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21 through 23, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center off Crosby Brook Road. The MOFGA event celebrates organic country living, so contra dance is de rigueur. This year, though, the rural event will embrace a little city sophistication.

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

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September 16, 2018 – By David Sharp, AP, Las Vegas Sun – There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.

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