UNITY, Maine — The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announced the schedule of events for the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair to be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23 in Unity, Maine.
Events will include livestock shows, exhibition hall judging, live music and contra dances, workshops, talks and demonstrations on topics in farming, organic gardening and lawn care, seed saving, cooking with local foods, energy efficient building technologies, and environmental, health and social issues.
MOFGA will feature as Keynote Speakers Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm in New York, the author of “Radical Homemakers” and “The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook;” Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides; and Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm in Skowhegan, Maine.
Other noted speakers will be Harvey Ussery, best selling author of “The Small Scale Poultry Flock;” author and organic farming innovator Eliot Coleman; organic orchardist Michael Phillips; filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia; Greg Marley, mycologist and author of “Mushrooms for Health;” chef David Levi; Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals; Paul Tukey of SafeLawns.com; Dr. Chip Teel; Will Bonsall; and Mark Fulford.
2012 represents the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring.” In honor of Carson’s work Common Ground will host a forum discussion and teach-in,”Where Have All the Bees Gone”? A panel of beekeepers Theresa Gaffney of Highland Blueberry Farm in Stockton Springs, Maine, and David Hackenberg of Hackenberg Apiaries in Lewisburg, Pa., and scientists Dr. Frank Drummond of the University of Maine andDr. Kimberly Stoner of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will discuss the importance of pollinators and explore possible explanations for the Colony Collapse Disorder mystery.
Additional fair highlights include the Maine premier of the film “Symphony of the Soil,” directed by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia and a screening of the film about Rachel Carson, “A Sense of Wonder,” featuring actress Kaiulani Lee. Garcia and Lee will introduce their films and conduct question and answer sessions.
The Common Ground Country Fair schedule, listing more than 750 event, is posted at www.commongroundcountryfair.