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Number of Interviews: 50

Dates when interviews were conducted: 2000-2004

Time period covered: mid-to-late late twentieth century

Principal interviewers: Pauleena MacDougall, Anu Dudley, James Moreira, Pamela Dean

Finding aides: transcripts for most

Access restrictions: none

Description: This collection consists of fifty interviews with individuals associated with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Common Ground Fair. Themes include the process of beginning to farm organically, the early development of MOFGA and its growth; the Common Ground Fair and its expansion; marketing organic food; farming strategies; raising livestock; and MOFGA’s interactions with conventional farmers and the wider community.

2628 Will Bonsell interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, September 23, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Bonsell discusses getting started as an organic farmer; economic aspects of farm life; food storage and other strategies for self-sufficient living; living a vegan lifestyle as an individual and as a farmer; relationship with local people and other organic farmers; involvement in MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair; changes in the fair over time; Scatterseed Project to conserve genetic diversity of agricultural plants by saving heirloom varieties; and organic farming. Transcript: 35 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1911

2629 Donna Kausen interviewed by Pamela Dean, September 22, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Kausen discusses moving to Maine; lobster fishing; raising sheep with Jenny Cirone on islands off the Maine coast; fleece for hand spinners; organic gardening; relationship with community in Addison, Maine; early involvement in MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair, changes in MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair; and the problems and rewards of her lifestyle. Transcript: 17 pages Recording:  45 mins. C1912

2630 Jean Hay interviewed by James Moreira, September 24, 2000 at the Common Ground Fair.  Hay talks about her farm in Dixmont where they grow organic raspberries; her previous farm in Blue Hill; what inspired her to move to Maine in 1971; farm years in Maine during the 1970s without electricity or plumbing; her emergence into the organic farming market in the 1980s; preparing her Dixmont farm to grow organic produce; deciding cycles of crop rotation; mixed reactions of locals to the back-to-the-land crowd; and her history of involvement with MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair. Transcript: 21 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1913

2631 Tom Roberts interviewed by James Moreira, September 24, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  Roberts talks about moving to Maine; back-to-the-land movement; move to organic farming; early years of MOFGA; farm life as a hippie commune; marketing and buying natural and organic food in Boston; organizing cooperative marketing with other Maine farmers; marketing strategies; challenges of producing blueberries organically; relationships with local community and other organic farmers; pest control for organic farmers; interaction with consumers at farmer’s markets; economics of chemical vs. organic agriculture; involvement with MOFGA; and benefits of third party certification. Transcript: 32 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1914

2632 Will Brinton interviewed by Pamela Dean, September 23, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Brinton talks about social, agricultural, and environmental activism in the 1960s and 1970s; studying agriculture at the University of Maine; early involvement with MOFGA; his soil testing laboratory; involvement in the Common Ground Fair; introduction of large-scale composting; school composting programs; biotechnology; and conflicts between technological culture and natural living. Transcript: 26 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1915

2633 Sue Sergeant interviewed by James Moreira, September 24, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  Sergeant discusses moving to Maine; sources of involvement in organic farming; growth of her organic farm; pest control; involvement with MOFGA and her local chapter; MOFGA organic certification; involvement with the Common Ground Fair; and growing for a farmer’s market. Transcript: 26 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1916

2634 Mort Mather interviewed by Pamela Dean, September 22, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Mather talks about moving to Maine and becoming a subsistence farmer; relationship with local community; harvesting wheat with a combine vs. a scythe; involvement in MOFGA; spreading manure from a pickup truck and the manure pitch at the Common Ground Fair; market gardening; and his feelings about the Common Ground Fair. Transcript:  22 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1917

2635 Cynthia Thayer interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, September 22, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Thayer discusses moving to Maine to become a farmer; her organic farm; composting; relationship with local community; involvement with MOFGA; farm apprentices; certification; involvement with the Wednesday Spinners at the Common Ground Fair; and changes in her farming lifestyle over time. Transcript: 21 pages Recording: 1 hr.  C1918

2636 Deb Soule interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 23, 2000 at the Common Ground Fair in Thorndike, Maine.  Topics covered include how she started gardening in her youth; how she educated herself in the use of herbs; working in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina; beginning to make tinctures, salves and oils and selling at the Common Ground Fair; starting up Avena Botanicals; some of the organic herbs she grew; wild-crafting or collecting wild herbs and lichens; biodynamic farming; how she manages her business; teaching and writing; her relationship with MOFGA; and what she sees for her future. Transcript: 33 pp Recording: 1 hr. C1919

2637 Roberta Bailey interviewed by Elizabeth Hedler, September 23, 2000, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Topics discussed include Bailey’s move to Maine; how she began gardening and preserving garden produce; becoming involved with the Maine Organic Farmer’s and Gardener’s Association; activities of her chapter in the 1970s and 1980s; grafting and growing fruit trees; seed saving; running a food concession at the Common Ground Fair; relationship with local people; writing on cooking and gardening for MOFGA publications; experience of the fair; propagating fruit trees; genetically modified organisms and organic agriculture; growing seeds for Fedco. Transcript: 15 pages partial Recording: 1 hr. C1920

2674 Martha Gottleib interviewed by James Moreira on September 22, 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Gottleib talks about joining MOFGA out of a shared identity with its members; tensions between native Mainers and back-to-the-land people; early work with MOFGA; growing and selling garlic; her involvement in a worldwide seed exchange program; the changes at the Common Ground Fair in recent years and some people’s dissatisfaction with them; her views on the Common Ground Fair’s sociopolitical importance; and the direction MOFGA should take in the future. Transcript: 54 pages. Tape: 90 mins. C1967

2675 Susan Belding interviewed by James Moreira, September 23, 2001, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Belding talks about her farm; how she got into organic farming in Maine; growing flowers for market; genetically modified seeds for flowers and ornamental plants; economic development of the farm; involvement with MOFGA; flower arrangements for weddings; selling seeds by mail order; being a vendor at the Common Ground Fair farmer’s market; genetically modified organisms as an issue for organic agriculture; relationships between organic farmer and “regular” farmers; and specific problems of genetically modified organisms in the ornamental market. Transcript: 36 pages Tape: 1 hr. C1968

2676 John Belding interviewed by Pamela Dean, September 23, 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Belding talks about raising farm animals such as goats, cattle, pigs and chickens; selling organic produce at his farm stand starting at 1990; preparing his land in Lovell from overgrown to farm-ready; involvement in MOFGA and the Common Ground fair; growth of the organic farming movement; his work as farmer’s market coordinator; the MOFGA apprenticeship program; and government subsidies and other problems farmers face. Transcript: 33 pages Recording: 50 mins. C1969

2677 Bonnie Rukin Miller interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 22, 2001, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Miller discusses her organic farm; running a farm school; creating a farm community; Sandhill Farms Day Camp; pick-your-own organic strawberries; selling vegetables, flour made from their organically grown grain; raising sheep for wool and meat; involvement in MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair; MOFGA as a community; financial aspects of farm life; and the future of MOFGA. Transcript: 28 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1970

2682 C. R. Lawn interviewed by Anu Dudley 22 September 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, about the history of FEDCO and MOFGA. Lawn discusses the history of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; moving to Maine in the early 1970s as part of the back-to-the-land movement; selling produce in the late 1970s; participating in co-ops; beginning FEDCO seed co-op; growth of FEDCO; bringing FEDCO to the Common Ground Fair; agricultural vendors’ dispute with MOFGA in the early 90s; becoming MOFGA treasurer; changes he instituted; challenges facing MOFGA in 2001; need for an alternative food system; concerns about MOFGA’s financial self-reliance; difficulties with organic certification; and seed trials for FEDCO. Transcript: 47 pages Recording: C1976

2683 Russell Libby interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 23, 2001, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Libby discusses the history of MOFGA; how he got involved in organic farming; starting his farm in 1984; serving on the MOFGA board beginning in 1983; growth of organic farming; role of agriculture in local communities; MOFGA’s role building networks; building credibility over time; and managing growth. Transcript: 25 pp Recording: C 1977

2684 Rosey Guest interviewed by Pamela Dean 21 September 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, about the history of MOFGA. Recording: C1978

2685 Chaitanya York interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 21, 2001, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  York talks about growing up in the Androscoggin River Valley on her grandparent’s farm; his grandfather teaching sustainable and organic farming practices back in the early 1950s; organizing chapters in Knox and Lincoln counties in the early days of MOFGA, circa 1970; his role in the creation of the Common Ground Fair; and the first fair. Transcript: 54 pages Recording: 90 minutes C1979

2686 Bill Whitman interviewed by Elizabeth Hedler September 21, 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Whitman talks about his family history and their Maine farm; involvement in MOFGA; organic farming as outgrowth of traditional farm life; the beginnings of the Maine Festival and the Common Ground Fair; changes in the fair; changes in kitchen equipment for the Common Kitchen; influence of Common Ground on other Maine fairs; and the manure pitch. Transcript:  41 pages Recording: 1 hr. C1980

2688 Rob Johnson interviewed by Anu Dudley 22 September 2001 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, about Johnny’s Selected Seeds, the company he founded in 1973. Topics discussed include his move to Maine in 1974; looking for heirloom, short season seeds and other rare and imported seeds; the growth of the business; the development of various seed lines; comparison of Johnny’s with Burpees; social and cultural changes in the 1980s that undercut the organic, back-to-the-land ethos; and involvement with MOFGA and views on its future. Transcript: 47 pages Recording: 1 hr.  C1981

3062 Cathy Reynolds interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 21, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  Reynolds talks about getting involved in farming and raising animals, notably sheep; many people’s misconceptions about animals, especially farm animals; how she became involved in MOFGA; her responsibilities as the Livestock Coordinator; how the Steering Committee and coordinators prepare for the yearly fair; the livestock shows and people who demonstrate them at the fair; and the rare breeds she hopes to bring to the fair in the future and other long-term goals. Transcript: 27 pages. Recording: 50 mins. C2106

3063 Jean English interviewed by Anu Dudley on 21 September 2002, Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. English talks about moving to Lincolnville, Maine in 1985; looking for and buying tillable land; growing nursery crops for FEDCO; the specifics of growing bayberries; volunteering with MOFGA; becoming editor of the MOFGA newspaper; how the MOFGA newspaper has changed over the years; the effects of genetic engineering on food and the environment; pest control; the purpose of MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair; the connection MOFGA cultivates with the University of Maine; and the Maine State Grange. Transcript: 22 pages Recording: 45 mins. C2107

3064 Richard Dickey interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, 20 September 2002, Common Ground Fair. Dickey discusses the Common Ground Fair; getting involved ca. 1980; changes when the fair moved from Litchfield to Windsor; attitude of the citizens of Windsor; the importance of the fair for consumers; the fair as an institution; and his favorite memories of the fair. Transcript: 14 pages Recording: C2108

3065 Bill Thayer and Amanda Caron interviewed by James Moreira, September 20, 2003, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Thayer discusses getting into farming; his farming practices with livestock; vegetable gardening; selling and buying straw from Canada; MOFGA farm apprenticeship program; spinning and weaving wool; sheep quality; Wednesdays Spinners group; marketing organic products; soil testing; obstacles of organic farming; mail-order business and catalog; and the farm store they opened ca. 1995. Caron describes being an apprentice for Darthia Farm; attending the Putney School in Vermont and its benefits; a brief description of her seasonal duties including logging and harvesting and wood, splitting firewood, carding and spinning wool; gaining a broad foundation of skills and self-sufficiency and alternative living. Transcript:  34 pages Recording:  C2109

3066 Jill Breen interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, September 22, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Breen talks about the choice to move to Troy, Maine, instead of Vermont in 1972; the attraction of organic farming as a way of life; apprenticing on a vegetable farm; moving to St. Albans, Maine; becoming a midwife; apprenticing as a means of learning a trade; the “Birth Tent” at the Common Ground Fair; isolation from the local community in Central Maine; operating a booth at the Common Ground Fair; and growing and selling organic melons. Transcript: 15 pp Tape: 30 mins. C2110

3067 Theresa Hoffman interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 20, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Hoffman talks about the formation of the corporation of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) in 1993; the tools used to make the baskets; some history of basketmaking and signature style of baskets; Hoffman talks about her perspective of MOFGA and its mission; the economic development of basketmaking; the education of the general public about the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes; the association with Folk Arts; and the Wabanaki Arts Center Gallery in Old Town, Maine. Transcript: 21 pages Recording: C2111

3068 Marie Hickey interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, September 20, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Hickey discusses her current role at MOFGA; why she came to Maine and how she got connected to MOFGA; her involvement with the children’s area of the fair and being coordinator for 20 years; her perspective of the purpose of the Common Ground Fair; educational aspects of the fair; activities for children at the fair; recruiting volunteers; sustainable lifestyles definition; making stilts for children; impact of the fair on the state; and the importance of childhood education. Transcript: 10 pages Recording: C2112

3069 Glenn Dewitt interviewed by James Moreira, on September 22, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Dewitt speaks about his involvement with MOFGA; moving from Pennsylvania to Dresden, Maine; raising rare breed and meat chickens naturally; naturally versus unnaturally raised livestock; free-ranging versus caging practices; his involvement with the Common Ground Fair; his interest in antique tractors; operating the antique tractor shuttle at the Common Ground Fair; antique tractors he owns; using bio-diesel versus regular diesel; mule and donkey teams versus horse teams; the value of the MOFGA fair; and old versus new technologies. Transcript: 16 pages Recording: C2113

3070 Susan Pierce interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 22, 2002 at the Commom Ground Fair, Unity, Maine. Pierce recounts her experiences as fair director; reasons for moving to Maine; working in agriculture in California in the 1970s; her early years as director; the evolution of the Common Ground Fair; promoting MOFGA; fair expansion; fair guidelines and criteria; the move to serving organic food at the fair; the connection between local growers and vendors; parking; management; Dave Kenard’s sheepdog demonstration; and social connections. Transcript: 10 pages Recording: C2114

3071 Peggy Heigold Strong interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 19, 2003 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Strong speaks about moving from Connecticut to Maine; MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair; her experiences as craft area coordinator; craft area concerns; craft jurors and their appointment process; craft judging; changes over time; problems in the crafts area with vendors; anti-institutionalism; personal craft projects; sign painting workshops; making banners for the different areas; permanent sites for film, folk arts, and the blacksmith shop; and volunteerism. Transcript: 29 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2115

3072 Matthew Strong interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 19, 2003 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine.  Strong speaks about his experiences as an egg roll vendor at the Common Ground and Blue Hill Fairs; his history of making leather clothing and furniture; food preparation guidelines; MOFGA’s goals; fair expansion; food vendor applications; his MOFGA involvement; MOFGA and politics; changes in MOFGA; attendance numbers for the Common Ground Fair; continuous homestead, orchard, gardens, and compost exhibits; and his favorite memories of the Common Ground Fair and his involvement with MOFGA. Transcript: 30 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2116

3073 Tim Nason interviewed by Anu Dudley at the Common Ground Fair on September 20, 2003.  Nason speaks about moving to Maine from Massachusetts; returning to a more traditional way of life; growing their own food and raising their own livestock; learning organic farming from his neighbors and books; opening and operating a natural foods store in Kennebunkport, Maine; MOFGA and the Maine Extension Service; becoming editor of the MOFGA newsletter; rural skills; MOFGA as an activist organization; MOFGA’s future; the Food Co-op Movement; becoming involved in democratic politics; Chellie Pingree and Common Cause; genetic engineering; the Conservation Commission; expanding MOFGA to new audiences; and the need for aggressive marketing. Recording: 1 hr. C2117

3074 Richard Silliboy interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 21, 2003, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Silliboy speaks about moving from Gouldsboro, Maine, to Aroostook County; tribal affiliation with the Presque Isle Micmacs; making and selling Native American baskets; problems finding wood and supplies for basketry; costs of baskets; difficulties with exposure and marketing; selling baskets at the Common Ground Fair; the development of the Native Arts tent; exposure for artists; bringing workshops to Maine’s Native communities; the dying off of basketmaking elders; increases in the number of young basketmakers; participation in the Common Ground Fair; and cultural continuance of Native Americans. Recording: 45 mins. C2118

3075 Benjamin Wilcox interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 21, 2003, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Wilcox talks about his ownership with Tom Roberts of Part and Parcel Farm; moving to Maine from California; subsistence as an organic farmer; living in relative poverty; support for growers; phosphate as a fertilizer; experiences with the Common Ground Fair; difficulties as an organic farmer; opening the Farmer’s Market at the Common Ground Fair in 1988; fair expansion; supply and demand in organic farming; marketing strategies for organic farmers; being self-sufficient as an organic farmer; economization; farm development; training employees; MOFA and MOFGA conferences; obstacles to organic farming; the future of organic farming; reasons for growing his own food; and the evolution of MOFGA. Recording: 1 hr. C2119

3076 Wes Daniel interviewed by Jamie Moreira, 19 September 2003, at the Common Ground Fair. Recording: C2120

3077 Anu Dudley interviewed by Jamie Moreira, 19 September 2003, Common Ground Fair. The interview focuses on her 25 years as coordinator for the traditional arts section of the Fair. Recording: 45 mins. C2121

3078 Frank Heller interviewed by Jamie Moreira on September 20, 2003, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Heller talks about moving to Maine; opening an organic bakery; bread recipes; wheat mills; growing up in an organic family; watering fruit trees with blood; experiences with the Common Ground Fair; the French technique of ‘serfing’ bread; handmade cookie cutters; marketing via word of mouth; problems with gardening; contamination and organic produce; criteria for organic production; entrepreneurship; ‘washing’ baked goods; serving on the development and food committees at the Common Ground Fair; running a business; Maine organic produce; and creating a market. Transcript: 38 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2122

3079 Ken Horn interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall on September 20, 2003, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Horn speaks about how he came to live in Maine; organic farming; how he was affected by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring; forming the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; crop successes and disappointments; local chapters of MOFGA; restarting the Farmer’s Market of Bangor, Maine; promoting MOFGA; their neighbors’ reactions to organic farming; his opposition to genetically modified plants; sustainable agriculture; the federal government’s involvement in organic agriculture; the credibility of MOFGA; and raising awareness of MOFGA. Transcript: 21 pages Recording: 45 mins. C2123

3089 Beedy Parker interviewed by Anu Dudley at the Common Ground Fair, September 21, 2002. Parker discusses Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association; joining MOFGA in the late 1970s; pesticide control in the state legislature in the 80s; starting the Common Ground Fair parade; the Public Policy Committee; MOFGA calling attention to how food is produced; the importance of marketing and staying small-scale; tension between the MOFGA office and the Common Ground Fair, and her favorite memories of the fair. Transcript: 25 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2133

3090 Bob Martin interviewed by Jamie Moreira, September 22, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair. Martin talks about his involvement with the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association; his interest in organic gardening in the early 1970s; his trial garden experiences; country kitchen demos at the fair; local reception of back-to-the-landers; growing melons in Maine; information booth at the fair; why the Common Ground Fair is unique; how the fair has changed in its relationship to MOFGA; growing gladiolas; and his favorite memories of the fair. Transcript: 34 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2134

3091 Ham Robbins interviewed by Jamie Moreira, September 22, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair. Robbins discusses his involvement with the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association; evolution of MOFGA’s decision to take on a mortgage for land; issues with vendors who misrepresented themselves for access to the fair; development of the fair committee; his work with the fair’s medical tent; common medical issues at the fair; the value of the Common Ground Fair; becoming litigation-aware; safety issues that must be watched for; an incident with panicked sheep; and the first aid system at the fair. Transcript: 8 pages Recording: 45 mins. C2140

3098 Allen Ray Powell interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, September 22, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair. Powell discusses Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Common Ground Fair; how he got involved with MOFGA in 1975; planning the first fair; his interest in organic farming; his business enterprises in the 1970s; Common Ground Fair as a fundraiser; selling his food at the fair; Maine Healing Arts Festival; and being kicked out of the Common Ground Fair. Transcript: 36 pages Recording: 1 hr. C2141

3256 Donald E. Lipfert interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 24, 2004, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Lipfert discusses moving to Maine and buying a farm with an interest in organic farming; his insight as MOFGA president for 2 years in the ‘80s; MOFGA’s failed attempts to advocate for the Maine Food Policy in the Maine Legislature; MOFGA’s continuing influence on conventional Maine farmers by means of education about sustainable agriculture. Transcript: 26 pages Recording: 1.5 hrs. C2364

3257 Richard Kipp interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 25th, 2004 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Kipp discusses joining the Grounds Committee to plan for the move from Windsor to Unity; taking over the official Grounds Maintenance job and his vision for the fairgrounds; changes MOFGA has made to become more inclusive of the general public; his future ideas for the fairgrounds to bring in year-round income; and several of his fondest fair memories. Transcript: 24 pages Recording: 40 mins. C2368

3258 Joan Lipfert interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 24, 2004 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Lipfert discusses joining the Sagadahoc chapter of MOFGA; perceived changes in MOFGA and the fair such as better education about organic farming and the hazards of pesticides; the importance of the Agriculture in the Classroom Program; MOFGA’s apprentice program; her favorite memories of the fair. Transcript: 16 pages Tape: 50 mins. C2369

3259 Joanna Lindeu interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 24, 2004, at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Lindeu discusses moving to Maine and the years she spent working with food co-operatives, how she helped initiate the Fedco Seed Company, her years working for Fedco; her work for MOFGA; and how her interest in Chinese medicine led her to become licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Transcript: 24 pages Recording: C2370

3260 Ralph “Porcupine” Bishop interviewed by Anu Dudley on September 24, 2004 at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. Porcupine discusses how he discovered and learned the Native American art-form of the insertion of porcupine quills upon birch bark objects; experimenting with natural and chemical color dyes; the complexities and intricacies of quill and bark design; how he finds and fashions his materials: bark, quills, and spruce root; his 23 years coming to the fair and his perceptions of the changes that have taken place. Transcript: 25 pp Recording: 1 hr. C2371

3261 Amos Alley interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 20, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair, Unity, Maine. Alley talks about the Common Ground Fair; his involvement with the fair’s parking beginning in 1984; parking coordination at the Windsor location; problems with people bringing pets; parking capacity at Unity fairgrounds; working with volunteers; effects of the fair; his hopes for the future of the fairgrounds; and what he likes about the fair. Transcript: 28 pages Recording: C2142

3262 Ellis Percy interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 20, 2002, at the Common Ground Fair. Percy discusses Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association and the Common Ground Fair; moving to Maine as part of the back-to-the-land movement in the mid 1970s; getting involved in MOFGA through being a vendor at the fair; his leadership roles; criteria used during the search for a new fairground; finding and purchasing the Unity property; his hopes for the future of the fairgrounds; and the importance of MOFGA. Transcript: 23 pages Recording: 45 mins. C2143

3263 Flo Drake interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 21, 2002, about the beginnings of the Common Ground Fair. Transcript: 2 pages Recording: 10 mins. C2144


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