Common Ground Radio 9/9/21: Traditional Foodways

Producer/Host: Holli Cederholm, MOFGA

On this episode of Common Ground Radio, we discuss traditional food systems with Barry Dana. Barry is a former Penobscot Nation chief and an advocate for Penobscot values, traditional foodways, language revitalization and education, and environmental protection along the Penobscot River. Growing up on a Wabanaki reservation on the Penobscot River, he learned canoeing, basket making, snowshoe making, hunting, gathering, and other Native traditions from his elders. Barry studied forestry and education at the University of Maine – Orono.

FMI links:

Barry Dana’s essay, titled “Sovereignty for Native People” — referenced in this episode — is included in MOFGA’s book, “The Organic Revolution.” Copies of the book are available here

Read an article about Barry Dana and traditional foodways here

Learn about Barry Dana’s baskets at the Abbe Museum

About the hosts:

C.J. Walke 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.

Holli Cederholm has been involved in organic agriculture since 2005 when she first apprenticed on a small farm. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Scotland and Italy and, in 2010, founded a small farm focused on celebrating open-pollinated and heirloom vegetables. As the former manager of a national nonprofit dedicated to organic seed growers, she authored a peer-reviewed handbook on GMO avoidance strategies for seed growers. Holli has also been a steward at Forest Farm, the iconic homestead of “The Good Life” authors Helen and Scott Nearing; a host of “The Farm Report” on Heritage Radio Network; and a long-time contributor for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, which she now edits in her role as content creator and editor at MOFGA.

Common Ground Radio 8/12/21: “The Organic Farming Revolution,” a new book by MOFGA

Producer/Host: Holli Cederholm, MOFGA

This episode of Common Ground Radio commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). To celebrate this milestone, MOFGA put together a 50th anniversary book called “The Organic Farming Revolution: Past, Present, Future.” In this episode, guest host Holli Cederholm dives into the pages of the essay collection — and, more specifically, focuses on essays that conjure up Maine’s harvest season and agricultural community — in conversation with two of the book’s contributors: Eli Berry, a member of MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair steering committee, who contributed an essay about creating common ground through the country fair, and apple historian John Bunker, whose essay talks about the democracy of the apple tree.

FMI links:

Pre-order “The Organic Farming Revolution: Past, Present, Future” here
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Common Ground Country Fair
Crystal Lake Farm & Nursery
Maine Heritage Orchard
John Bunker’s books on apples
Fedco Trees

About the hosts:

C.J. Walke 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.

Holli Cederholm has been involved in organic agriculture since 2005 when she first apprenticed on a small farm. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Scotland and Italy and, in 2010, founded a small farm focused on celebrating open-pollinated and heirloom vegetables. As the former manager of a national nonprofit dedicated to organic seed growers, she authored a peer-reviewed handbook on GMO avoidance strategies for seed growers. Holli has also been a steward at Forest Farm, the iconic homestead of “The Good Life” authors Helen and Scott Nearing; a host of “The Farm Report” on Heritage Radio Network; and a long-time contributor for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, which she now edits in her role as content creator and editor at MOFGA.

Common Ground Radio 6/10/21: Homesteading in Maine

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Homesteading in Maine

-Growing your own food
-Homesteading in urban areas
-Homestead community building

Guests\:
Karen Marysdaughter, Bangor, ME
Rhonda Welcome, Lubec, 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 4/8/21: Organic Gardening Basics

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Organic Gardening Basics

-Soil management and fertility
-Site selection and plant selection
-Cover crops and green manures

Guests:
Caragh Fitzgerald, Associate Extension Professor in Agriculture, Maine Cooperative Extension
Caleb Goossen, Organic Crops and Conservation Specialist, MOFGA

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 3/11/21: Drawing Strength from the Pandemic

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

Organic Food and Farming in Maine: Power to the People: Drawing Strength from the Pandemic

-Common Ground Country Fair, Keynote Address, Sept 26, 2020
-Home gardening and self sufficiency
-Building community during crisis

Guests:
Barbara Damrosch, Four Season Farm, Harborside, ME
Chrissy Fowler, Moderator, Belfast, ME
Bonnie Rukin, Moderator, Slow Money Maine

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 2/11/21: Native plants in our landscape

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

-Cultivating native plants for healthy ecosystems
-Methods to encourage the growth of native plants
-Methods to control invasive plant species

Guests:
Cathy Rees, Native Gardens of Blue Hill, Blue Hill, ME
Avy Claire, Native Gardens of Blue Hill, Blue Hill, ME
Julie Beckford, Rebel Hill Farm, Liberty, ME
Molly DellaRoman, 5 Star Nursery and Orchard, Brooklin, 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 1/14/21: Campaign to Stop GE Trees – American Chestnut

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

-History of the American Chestnut tree in our eastern forests
-Genetic engineering of American Chestnut trees
-Social and economic impacts of genetically engineered trees

Guests:
Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
Lois Melican, Massachusetts State Park System (retired)
Denis Melican, Massachusetts State Park System (retired)

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 12/10/20: Keynote Address – Common Ground Country Fair – 2020

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke, MOFGA

Keynote address given on September 27, 2020
-Indigenous peoples food culture
-New green revolution

Guests:
Winona LaDuke, White Earth Nation, Minnesota
Sarah Alexander, Executive Director, MOFGA, Unity, Maine
Beth Schiller, Dandelion Spring Farm, Bowdoinham, Maine

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.