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Here are some highlights from our four-plus decades. Organic growers decide to have a statewide organization. Charlie Gould, a Cooperative Extension Agent in Lewiston, calls a gathering at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick of the many people who had been calling him with questions about organic gardening and farming.

Gould offers the space and facilities of the Cooperative Extension office to produce the newsletter. He serves two terms as Board president. They work closely with Cooperative Extension to promote organic agriculture.

MOFGA begins its public policy initiatives with a "No-spray Register," organic food labeling, and a campaign focusing on hazards of pesticide drift. Nason also serves as editor, solicits articles, writes many himself and sells ads.

The paper quickly gains popularity for its thorough, practical articles about farming and homesteading. MOFGA certifies 47 growers. Its certification program is self-supporting. He laments the "aspirin-oriented culture" of organic agriculture, i. Instead he recommended "optimum farming," i. Pingree went on to become a state legislator and now is president and CEO of Common Cause, the national nonprofit that holds elected leaders accountable to the public interest commoncause.

Now read about the people who are doing it! We have a need for growers…" Pre-1976 Chaitanya York, later MOFGA's first executive directorthrows out the idea of a Fair at various times but is told it can't be done.

Vice president Nick Lore suggests a fair. The same survey asked, "What are the three most important attitudes to have for a successful homestead? Members think of seven: Be patient; go slow. Be persistent and committed. Be willing to learn, be flexible, be open, have a sense of humor.

Think in terms of cooperation and of serving others. Understand and accept nature, the land and weather. Live your garden—not just plant it. Have a pioneering spirit and be aware of the value homesteading has in today's world. Members add two "essential ingredients": A cooperative partner or partners. Mort Mather credits Allen Powell for raising much of the funding leading for the first Fair. Chartrand later serves in the Maine legislature and now runs a peaceful farm life in the story of cottoncandy importing organic wines.

After the Fair, Lloyd Ferriss writes: It was a fair that did indeed show the revival of the American country spirit. It also educated people in a lot of fascinating ways and…it was good pagan fun. They can grow it in their fields. In a pre-Fair interview, he is asked: I don't think they can hope for a general success by making themselves dependent on an exclusive market.

It has to do with the idea of independence.

It proposes to make the farm so far as possible independent of the corporations. Real agriculture is focused on human centuries, not on man-hours.

Lamb's insightful, informative, highly readable farm features formed the backbone of the paper for 23 years. She is now retired in northern California. Greens, sold mostly to summer people, were their biggest crop. Chaitanya York announces that, with great sadness, he will step down as Executive Director of MOFGA at the end of the year because he yearns for a change and wants to spend more time with his family.

He plans to work in government next, toward his commitment "to realize a permanent agriculture on this planet.

The office is restructured. Staff is increased to meet membership needs. York sees a need to serve gardeners more, especially since they form the majority of MOFGA's membership. York notes that starting the Common Ground Fair took courage and irrational behavior to penetrate the "it can't be done" and "where's the money coming from" attitudes.

Will it uplift the spirit? The contest is named after Harry S.

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Truman, for his down-to-earth style, As Mather explains: They write about these places for the Feb. These visits fill Whitman with program ideas and enthusiasm.

Now approaching his 80th birthday, Whitman serves as treasurer of Maine Veterans for Peace. If you see him at the Veterans' booth at Common Ground, say "Thanks! After his third year as Fair director, Paul Chartrand prepares to hand over the reins at the end of the year to Bill Whitman, who, Chartrand says, has a "capacity for endless work and assistance to others" — perhaps learned when he grew up on a dairy and poultry farm in Turner, Maine.

Regarding the 1981 Fair, Chartrand adds: A "sunbean" — a combination of a sunflower and a bean plant, is noted.

Organic Growers Supply, Inc. It later becomes part of Fedco Seeds. Seeing the success of OGSI, farm supply stores start stocking organic goods. Eliot Coleman tells Jane Lamb reporting in the Feb. It's going to become the conventional method when it becomes national policy to conserve fossil fuels and chemical resources.

Vested interests will only slow the process down temporarily, because they see the handwriting on the wall. MOFGA adopts a "pay as you go" budget philosophy. Chapters are asked to hold bake sales or other fundraisers to help support the organization.

The University of Maine studies organic vs. Item in the Feb. To Love, Honor and Radish. When some friends decided to get married, we asked her if they knew what getting married meant… 'they're going to have a garden together.

Those who see the sun as an energy producer are on one side of the table; those who would split and disintegrate the atom in an earthbound replica of the sun's core are on the other. The Organic Farming Act, which would have funded research on organic methods, is voted not to pass by the U. Olympia Snowe votes against the bill; Rep. David Emery is absent for the vote but had expressed support. Opponents say organic farming has been "studied over and over again to death.

Lewis and Democrat John M. Michael — join the Maine House of Representatives. The number of paid gate admissions to the Fair is 32,282, another high. MOFGA members get in free. Advance ticket sales at 15 Maine outlets significantly reduce the ticket sales waiting lines at the Fair.

Sideman is still on the job. He says, "Without exception farming is the noblest and grandest vocation -- one which affords countless opportunities for humankind's best qualities and skills to contribute to the endurance and betterment of our fragile world.

Farming must not be 'evolved' out of a humanly guided, spirit-filled process of creativity and nurturing into an abstract, corporately-controlled industry. Jay Adams resigns his position of Executive Director. MOFGA hires a consultant to help assess its structure and needs.

Bylaws are revised, the organization becomes more centralized, and chapters have less to do with day-to-day operations. They attend meetings of the Board of Pesticides Control; establish the MOFGA No-Spray Registry to protect landowners from spray drift; and force the issue of pesticide drift, which led to a pesticide drift conference in Portland in 1984. Her planning and analytical background, and her expertise in communications are just what MOFGA needs now.

She doubles membership to 3000 by 1995. She is now a professor at Unity College. The University of Maine starts its degree program in sustainable agriculture.

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Hurricane Hugo devastates the Fair on Friday night, destroying wooden stalls, sending signs flying, downing tents and flooding walkways. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, 500 volunteers show up to pump water, hammer nails, erect tents.

Miraculously meaning, with lots of volunteer helpthe Fair opens just an hour and a half late on Saturday. At his keynote speech at the Common Ground Fair, Texas populist Jim Hightower says that solutions to the farm crisis are diversification, direct marketing and local processing of foods.

At MOFGA's initiation, Maine passes two laws requiring that produce be labeled regarding country of origin and postharvest chemical treatment.

Ross shakes hands with the first President Bush. The trials result in specific recommendations for using hairy vetch and winter rye, published in the Sept. MOFGA holds its first Farmer to Farmer Conference, enabling growers from our bioregion to exchange information in a relaxed, comfortable setting.