I'm a Maine native. My family settled in Turner in 1800 and farmed. I still have journals kept by my ancestor - Joshua - from 1800 to 1846 detailing farm life, prices and political goings on.
I've been a MOFGA member since 1974 and a volunteer at every Common Ground. I was head of logistics for 3 years, assistant director for 2 years and director in 83 and 84. Since '89, I've been a coordinator in the Common Kitchen who with Patti Hamilton gets all the food we serve donated saving MOFGA about $60,000 per year.
I also work on the Compost and recycling area, am on the fair steering committee, the Building and Grounds committee, the landscape committee and am one of the Rabble that puts on Farm and Homestead Day at MOFGA in June.
I volunteer one day a week sorting plastic at the Thorndike recycling facility both to create a good relationship between them and the fair and to better understand how we can send them a better product.
I collect a lot of stuff, mostly antiques and collectibles which I sell online. - website coming soon.- right now it occupies about 4000 sf in an old mill in Vassalboro.
I have 2 black cats - one part siamese and one part Maine Coon.
My goals are to make Common Ground grow and get better and bigger - I want 100,000 attendance. Also, I'm working on MOFGA addressing food insecurity and food waste in Maine by proposing an educational program that would grow food in spaces at MOFGA not being used by any programs and give the product to food programs.