Susan Pierce, interviewed by Anu Dudley, September 22, 2002, at the Commom Ground Fair, Unity, Maine.

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NA 3070 (local)
September 22 2002 (Bulk dates)

Pierce recounts her experiences as fair director; reasons for moving to Maine; her education at the University of Maine at Farmington in Early Childhood Education; working in agriculture in California in the 1970s; reasons for accepting the MOFGA fair director position; her early years as director; establishing a steering committee and planning team; early issues with the Common Ground Fair; negotiations with the Windsor Fairgrounds; stable cash flow concerns; the evolution of the Common Ground Fair; committee member Ham Robbins; site surveyor Jan Salibee; choosing and maintaining the site; budgeting; planning; acclimating herself to MOFGA goals; 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; livestock director Kathy Reynolds; problem solving; cooperation; social connections; Obi Bule, handler of the recycling area; and fair goers Julia and Tristan Plum.

Creator and/or Contributor
Susan Pierce (interviewee), Anu Dudley (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Directors (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Agricultural fairs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Early childhood education (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Maine Organic Farmers' and Gardeners' Association (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Nonprofit organizations (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Organic food movement (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Planning (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
1971 - 2002
Geographic Coverage
Unity, Maine (Geonames)
Windsor, Maine (Geonames)
Farmington, Maine (Geonames)
California, United States (Geonames)
Northport, Maine (Geonames)
Norwalk, Connecticut (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Susan Pierce (interviewee)
Anu Dudley (interviewer)
Related Subjects:
Ham Robbins (subject)
Cathy Reynolds (subject)
Related Objects
First page of the transcript for NA 3070