Common Ground Radio 1/9/20: Real Organic Project

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: John Greenman

-Creation of the Real Organic Project
-History of organic farming certification programs
-Current issues within the USDA National Organic Program

Dave Chapman, Executive Director, Real Organic Project, Long Wind Farm, East Thetford, VT
Eliot Coleman, Advisory Board, Real Organic Project, Four Season Farm, Harborside, ME
Chris Grigsby, Director, MOFGA Certification Services, Unity, ME

About the host:
C.J. Walke, host of Common Ground Radio, has been involved in Maine agriculture for over 20 years and has worked in numerous capacities for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) starting in 2006. Since 2012, C.J. has worked as farm manager for College of the Atlantic’s Peggy Rockefeller Farms in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he works with students to grow organic fruits, vegetables and livestock products. He holds degrees in park management/environment education and library science. Common Ground Radio debuted in June of 2010 and C.J. has been the show’s host since 2014.

Common Ground Radio 10/4/19: Military Veteran Farmers in Maine

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

Key Discussion Points:
a) Skills learned during service that transfer to farming
b) Beginning farmer programs with veteran focus
c) United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFVM)

Anne Devin, Maine AgrAbility, Chase Stream Farm, Monroe, Maine
Richard Brzozowski, Food System Program Administrator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Bob Sousa, Vice President of United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFVM), Frankfort, Maine
Sheila Foley, Treasurer UFVM, Attwood Farm, Poland, Maine

Common Ground Radio 9/6/19: Accessing Local Foods and Eating Seasonally

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke

NOTE: This program originally partially aired in August, but was interrupted when the station went off the air for tower repairs.

-Definitions of “local” and eating seasonally
-Resources on the availability of local foods in Maine
-Resources to access local foods in Maine

Katy Green, Communications and Outreach Director, MOFGA
Katie Freedman, Food Programs Director, Healthy Acadia
Kourtney Collum, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College of the Atlantic

Common Ground Radio 6/7/19

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

-Homesteading philosophy
-Food preservation
-Livestock on the homestead

Rose Whitehead, Homesteader, Waldo, ME
Sy Schotz, Homesteader, Belfast, ME

Common Ground Radio 4/5/19

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Spring Gardens, Spring Soil

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

Key Discussion Points:
a) Spring soil preparation
b) Cover cropping for spring
c) Soil tillage or no-till practices

Guest: Caleb Goossen, Organic Crops and Conservation Specialist, MOFGA, Unity, ME

Common Ground Radio 2/1/19

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

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Herbalism and Herbal Traditions

Key Discussion Points:
-Philosophy and practice of herbalism
-Herbal medicine
-Common plants and uses

Kathryn Langelier, Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary, Union, ME
Lauren Pignatello, Milk and Honey of Swallowtail Farm, Portland, ME
Jillian Twisla, Hyllantree, Hope, ME

Common Ground Radio 1/4/19

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

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Keynote Address – MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference 2018

Key Discussion Points:
a) Keynote address recorded on November 5, 2018, Point Lookout, Northport, ME
b) Development and evolution of Pleasant Valley Farm over 30 years
c) Farming with the extended family

Paul Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle, NY
Sandy Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm, Argyle, NY

Common Ground Radio 12/7/18

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

Hemp Production for Maine

-Discussion of relevant terminology
-Medicinal uses of cannabis and hemp
-Material science applications of hemp

Guest: Alexander Liebster, Prospect, ME