Helen Hanson at the Common Ground Fair
“Do you know about direct care workers?”
That’s the question we settle on at our table at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine, as people stream by in the big Social Action tent where we set up shop from Friday, September 20, though Sunday the 22nd.
The answers are as varied as the people, “Yes, I am one.”
“Oh sure. We had someone coming to the house when Mom was sick.”
“No. Tell me about them.”
“Not really. But I’m a teacher/social worker/therapist/doctor/nurse/therapist and I support what you guys do.”
“No. But we need someone to take care of Dad. How would we go about doing that?”
For many years the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has hosted the Common Ground Fair. It has goats, chickens, donkeys and oxen. It has sheep herding demonstrations with border collies scurrying happily in the arena. It has soap making and weaving. You can buy honey, maple syrup, lamb’s wool sweaters and solar collectors. There are lots of children with painted faces and people speaking about sustainability. There’s music. It is Maine the way life should be.
It is also a very popular attraction, so we decided we should be there, representing Direct Care Alliance of Maine, the national DCA, and our profession. Continue reading »