Weaving on the Garden EarthLoom at the Common Ground Fair

Visitors rested on the circular stone wall that surrounds the "Pocket Park," Common Ground Fair's sweet little herb garden in the northwest quadrant of the fairgrounds, near the Energy, Folk Arts, and Wednesday Spinners (yellow and white tent).

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Weaving Dedicated to Russell Libby

This year's weaving was dedicated to Russell Libby, Executive Director of the Common Ground Fair since 1995. Libby has served the Fair since the very first Common Ground Fair in 1977, and has been an inspiration, teacher, and mentor to thousands over the years.


From the Common Ground Fair Web site:

"Russell planted his first garden after getting free seeds at the end of fourth grade. His involvement with MOFGA started at the first Common Ground Country Fair in 1977 where he saw a connection between local, organic food and a strong Maine economy. He began participating in the Consortium for Maine Food Self-Reliance in 1979, and joined the MOFGA Board of Directors in 1983. After a dozen years on the Board, including two years as President, Russell became Executive Director in 1995. He has led MOFGA's growth over the past decade as the organization moved to the new Common Ground Education Center in Unity, expanded the Agricultural Services and Education programs, and created a subsidiary to run the Certification program."

Common Ground Fair 2012