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A Common Ground Country Fair Thank You

November 13, 2018

The week after the Fair was an explosion of beautiful autumn colors that carried forward the positive vibrations of the Fair into cleanup week. We are now receiving some much-needed rain, and the touch of winter in the air has started us dreaming of next year’s possibilities and reflecting on the season.


MOFGA Volunteer Survey

October 15, 2018

Did you volunteer for the Common Ground Country Fair? Have you volunteered at MOFGA in the past? If so, thank you! We would like to solicit feedback from our large and dedicated volunteer community so that we can improve your experience. Please complete our short Volunteer Survey. As you fill it out, supplemental questions will appear in a few places to ask for more detail, but it should only take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback. If you would prefer a paper copy, please call 207-568-4142.


Congratulations to Heiwa Tofu

Best In Show among the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair Food Vendors!

Other awards went to:

That's Some Different! – Fresh Ella's; Best Bite for the Buck – Shiitake Fry ; Tradition! – Finest Fried Maine Seafood; Best Farm to Table – Three Leaf Foods; First Impression (best new food or drink) – Smokin' Phil's Belly Bustin' BBQ; Taste, Not Trash – Marble Family Farms; Here's the Meat – Maine Falafel Company; Where's the Beef? (vegetarian) – Flatbread Company; Where's the Cheese? (vegan) – Salad Cowboys – The Buckle Farm; Better than Chocolate (dessert) – Island Cow Ice Cream; Best Fresh & Simple – 4M Productions; Best Booth Presentation – Chai Wallahs of Maine; Best Service – Rock City Coffee; Best Beverage – Solar Cafe Firewater.


Greetings to the MOFGA Community

September 2018

By Sarah Alexander
MOFGA Executive Director

Hello! If we haven’t met yet, I hope we meet soon. I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at this year’s Common Ground Country Fair. I’ve attended the Fair several times before, but this year will be a new experience as I’ll be attending in my new role as MOFGA’s executive director.


The Organic Agriculture Movement in El Salvador

From Destructive Conventional Sugar Cane to Beneficial Local Organic

September 18, 2018 – El Salvador cultivates over 300 square miles of sugar cane annually – most with intensive use of herbicides, insecticides, human labor, irrigation and field burning. Much of the crop is grown for export, with profits flowing to a few wealthy families. This process often leads to contaminated water and soil, loss of water for human consumption or for local food production, harm to human health, and continued poverty.
As a featured speaker at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair, Salvadoran organic farmer Juan Luis Avilés Moreno will talk about conventional sugar cane cultivation and, alternatively, about the benefits of local, organic food production. He will speak at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, in the Litchfield Tent. His talk will be in Spanish, with interpreting in English.


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