Mark Your Calendar for the Common Ground Fair
Perhaps the greatest celebration of all things organic for the past three decades, the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, plans to go all out this year to promote natural lawn care. Mark your calendar specifically for Saturday, Sept. 25, to attend three events presented by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association:
10 a.m. – Organic Lawn Care How & Why, a hands-on explanation of the techniques and products with Paul Tukey, the founder of SafeLawns.org.
2 p.m. – Public Policy Teach-In “Organizing Opportunities For A Clean And Healthy Maine”
MOFGA’s Public Policy Teach-in on Saturday will: explain Maine’s Kid Safe Products Act of 2008, and the ongoing efforts to ban the use of bisphenol A; show how Maine is contributing to federal efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act; highlight the growing toxics activism on college campuses throughout Maine; inspire participants to coordinate local bans on cosmetic herbicide use; introduce fairgoers to advocacy pros who can help with local organizing efforts; and provide an update on the Maine Board of Pesticides Control’s development of a comprehensive pesticide spray notification registry.
Panelists will include: Mike Belliveau, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and founder of The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine; Nancy Ross, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy at Unity College, current member of MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee, and past Executive Director of MOFGA; Paul Tukey, author, organic lawncare specialist and producer of the film A Chemical Reaction: The Story Of A True Green Revolution, which highlights successes of the anti-pesticide movement sweeping across Canada and into the U.S.; Meredith Small, Executive Director of Toxics Action Center; and Heather Spalding, Associate Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. A question and answer period will follow short presentations by each panelist. Sharon Tisher, Environmental Law and Honors Professor at the University of Maine – Orono, current member of MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee, and past president of the MOFGA Board of Directors, will moderate the panel discussion.
5:30 p.m. – Film Screening, A Chemical Reaction
Join filmmaker/activist Paul Tukey for a screening of his award-winning film, A Chemical Reaction.
Details about all these events will be forthcoming.