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Join the 2020 Team and Make a Difference at Common Ground

Do you love the Common Ground Country Fair? Maybe you’ve been coming each year since you were young, or maybe you volunteered for a few shifts last year for the first time and want to do it again. We are looking for dedicated individuals to join our volunteer Fair Planning Team as area coordinators.

Each year many individuals work hard to ensure that the different pieces of the Fair run smoothly. From the parking lots to the kitchen to the speakers’ tents, volunteers take the lead. Do you love wool and yarn, are you up for taking a shift in the parking lot, or are you excited about alternative ways to get to the Fair? Perhaps you’ve volunteered many times and would be interested in becoming one of our hardworking area coordinators, organizing volunteers and scheduling events in a particular area of the Fair. This year MOFGA would love to find some people interested in helping us organize buses from different parts of the state, to mitigate the traffic and emissions associated with the Fair.
 
Whatever your interests, you can make a difference. To see a list of open area coordinator positions, visit /The-Fair/Fair-Volunteers/volunteer-as-an-area-coordinator.

If you have questions regarding volunteering at the Common Ground Country Fair, contact MOFGA’s community engagement coordinator, Andrew Graham, at [email protected] or 207-568-4142.

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Start Planning for the 2020 Fair

Here are some things you can do now to start planning for the 20209  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 2021 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. Grow Your Own Organic Garden classes are taught throughout the state in early April to help get you started.
  • 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 mileage reimbursement to help with travel costs.
  • Work with your local adult education program to 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 to bicycle, partway or all the way, to the Fair. Each year nearly 600 cyclists pedal to the Fair. 

 

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Meet Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls

February 27, 2020

Meet Joel Alex, founder and maltster of Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls. Alex and his fabulous team of six produce MOFGA-certified organic malted barley, wheat, rye and oats – all sourced from Maine farms. They sell to more than 100 breweries, most in Maine. When Blue Ox opened in 2015, it was the largest floor malt house in North America. Floor malting is the traditional method of malting grain on germination floors rather than in mechanized boxes. Ask for Blue Ox Malt where you drink.

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Meet Gray Jay Mapleworks in Moose River

February 20, 2020

Meet (left to right) Jereme, Carli, Donna and Carroll Frigon of Gray Jay Mapleworks in Moose River. They produce MOFGA-certified organic maple syrup as well as maple cream, candy, sugar and taffy. Their products are available through their website (grayjaymaple.com) and at many stores and festivals throughout the state. They choose organic certification "because it means producing wholesome, healthy and delicious maple products, while working hard to be great stewards of the land. We take great pride in producing delicious maple products that our customers can feel good about feeding their families. We are passionate about the outdoors and everything maple."

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Meet Flywheel Flowers of Brooks, Maine

February 6, 2020

Meet Carole Mapes of Flywheel Flowers in Brooks, Maine. Mapes grows MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and herbs, as well as perennial and annual flowers for many occasions. Flywheel Everlasting Flowers are available through Valentine's Day. Every Saturday in May, Mapes hosts a spring plant sale on her farm, and from May through October she sells fresh flowers at the Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor farmers' markets. You can also find many Flywheel Flowers products on the online store at https://www.flywheelflowers.com/.

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Meet Marr Pond Farm in Sangerville, Maine

Meet Ryan Clarke and Courtney Williams of Marr Pond Farm in Sangerville, Maine. The two raise MOFGA-certified organic vegetables, cut flowers and forest-grown mushrooms. They sell at the Orono and Waterville farmers’ markets and through their CSA, and some flower arrangements grace wedding tables. Both have extensive agricultural backgrounds, and Williams (formerly the Common Ground Country Fair coordinator) is a MOFGA journeyperson. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/marrpondfarm/.

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Meet The Maine Potato Lady of Guilford, Maine

Meet The Maine Potato Lady of Guilford, Maine. Alison, Roseanna, Paul and Lucien LaCourse run this MOFGA-certified organic seed company. While the Maine Potato Lady specializes in organic seed potatoes, Alison also carries MOFGA-certified organic transplants, sweet potato slips, seed garlic, heritage grains and cover crops. The business offers small sizes of seeds for gardeners and larger sizes for market growers. The Maine Potato Lady procures as much seed from small family farms as possible. Alison says, "We offer a selection of organic products as we have an inherent belief in growing and living organically." To order seeds, visit their website: http://www.mainepotatolady.com/

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Meet Beth Schiller of Dandelion Spring Farm in Bowdoinham

January 16, 2020

Meet Beth Schiller of Dandelion Spring Farm in Bowdoinham. In addition to being MOFGA's board president, Schiller grows MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and herbs that she sells at the Portland Farmers' Market on Saturdays year round and at the Rockland Farmers' Market from May through October, as well as wholesale to several restaurants and stores along the coast from Camden to Portland. Learn more about Dandelion Spring Farm and its work to support food security in Maine at https://dandelionspringfarm.com/.

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