September 7, 2013

The humble Farmer: Going to Common Ground Fair, apples, hot food, pottery and sheep

While you're savoring nature's bounty, make sure to stand way back from the manure-tossing contest.


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"We tend to be preachy and self-righteous, but our fair is a celebration of all that is sacred, ancient and holy. It is a multi-generational gathering where kids can learn about nature, self-reliance, traditional crafts and skills, and good food.

"I always walk away inspired and refreshed. It validates my choices and values. It is a glimpse into what the world could be like if we all shared these values." -- Jeff from Portland, on the Common Ground Fair

And then this:

 "I'm 72 and attended the fair faithfully for 25 years. My children are now adults, and I have no need to introduce my grandchildren to one more example of the intolerable fast pace of this modern world.

"For my part, same demos, same displays, same causes. It's nice to meet old friends, or what's left of them, but the original allure of the fair of my youth is gone.  It is now too large and confusing. Too many simultaneous events. Too many steps to walk. Long lines for overpriced food. A seemingly random layout where nothing is easy to find. You approach it on a road that is overcrowded for miles.   

"If I were to go now it would be for just one event -- the nostalgic atmosphere of my youth, and then I'm ready to go home to my own gardens, chickens and bees." -- Wulfion Dagobert, Rouen honey merchant, on the Saint-Denis Fair of 629 A.D.

The humble Farmer, who will be speaking at this year's Common Ground Fair all three days (Sept. 20-22), can be seen on Community Television in and near Portland and visited at his website:

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