Archives for Common Ground Radio

Common Ground Radio 3/2/18

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Beginning Farmer Resource Network (BFRN)

a) History of BFRN
b) Availability of service providers and organizations
c) Examples of on-farm implementation of resources

Guests:
Tori Jackson, U-Maine Cooperative Extension
Tom Kielbasa, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Randy Canarr, Souder Station Farm, Winterport, ME

Common Ground Radio 12/1/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Keynote Address, 2017 MOFGA Farmer-to-Farmer Conference

-Description of Three Springs Farm
-Process of commenting on USDA/NOSB issues and agendas
-Contemporary challenges to traditional organic farming movement

Speakers:
Jim Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Family Farm, Bridgewater, ME (introduction)
Emily Oakley, Three Springs Farm, Oaks, Oklahoma (keynote address)

Common Ground Radio 10/6/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

History of Organic Farming in U.S.

-History of organic farming in U.S.
-Early days of organic certification and current federal regulations
-Contemporary challenges to the historic view of organic farming

Guests:
Jim Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Family Farm, Bridgewater, ME
Eric Sideman, Organic Crop Specialist, MOFGA, Unity, ME
Diane Schivera, Organic Livestock Specialist, MOFGA, Unity, ME

Common Ground Radio 8/4/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Beekeeping and Honey Production

-History of beekeeping
-Honeybee hive management
-Honey production and processing

Guests:
Peter Cowin, “The Bee Whisperer”, Hampden, ME
Dr. Kourtney Collum, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Common Ground Radio 6/2/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Joel Mann

Homesteading in Maine

Key Discussion Points:
a) Descriptions of guests’ homesteads
b) Skill sharing and learning opportunities
c) Building community

Guests:
John Twomey, The Howard Place, Montville, ME
Elizabeth Siegel, Heritage Home Farm, Appleton, ME
Emily Lowell, Feather Foot Farm, Aurora, ME

Common Ground Radio 4/7/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

Program Topic: Organic Maine Wild Blueberries
Key Discussion Points:
a) History of blueberry cultivation in Maine
b) Organic methods of blueberry production
c) Current research in blueberries

Guests:
Nicolas Lindholm, Blue Hill Berry Co., Penobscot, ME
Theresa Gaffney, Highland Organics, Stockton Springs, ME
Frank Drummond, University of Maine
David Yarborough, University of Maine

Common Ground Radio 3/3/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

Program Topic: MOFGA – El Salvador Sistering Committee

Key Discussion Points:
a) History of committee and work over past 20+ years
b) Changes in agricultural activities over the years
c) Environmental and social impacts of sugar cane production

Guests:
Jean English, MOFGA
Karen Volckhausen, Happy Town Farm, Orland, ME
Paul Volckhausen, Happy Town Farm, Orland, ME
Willie Marquart, WERU

Common Ground Radio 2/3/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

Program Topic: Legacy of Organic Agriculture

Key Discussion Points:
a) Keynote address from 2016 Farmer-to-Farmer Conference
b) Organic farming principles and values
c) Legacy of organic agriculture

Guest: Recording of keynote address by Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont