Common Ground Radio 3/14/24: Garden Planning for Seasonal Eating

Host: Holli Cederholm
Clare Boland

Common Ground Radio is an hour-long discussion of local food and organic agriculture with people here in the state of Maine and beyond.

This month:
This episode of Common Ground Radio explores garden planning for seasonal eating and food preservation. With Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro, Maine, we discuss gardening in Central Maine, including her tried and true planting calendar, as well as how she plans her garden for food preservation. Each year, Bailey fills a pantry with canned and dried goods, a root cellar and four freezers. Later in the show, Stephanie Wang of Le Rizen, a farm in Quebec, Canada, discusses growing Asian vegetables in a northern climate. Her book, “Asian
Vegetables: Gardening, Cooking, Storytelling” features delicious recipes as well as information about how to grow 15 Asian vegetables organically.

Roberta Bailey, Seven Tree Farm
Stephanie Wang, Le Rizen

“How to Plan Your Harvests for Food Preservation” by Roberta Bailey —
“Asian Vegetables: Gardening, Cooking, Storytelling” by The Wang Sisters —
Le Rizen in Quebec —
MOFGA’s Seed Planting Calendar —
Starting Garden Seeds Indoors —
Spring Gardening Resources —
Certified organic seedling map —

About the hosts:
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 lo0ng-time contributor for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, which she now edits in her role as content creator and editor at MOFGA.