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Common Ground Radio 9/8/22: Rebroadcast 2021 Common Ground Fair keynotes

Producers/Hosts: Holli Cederholm, Caitlyn Barker
Editing: 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.

The September episode of Common Ground Radio is a rebroadcast of the 10/14/21 Common Ground episode. Featured are two of the keynote speakers from the 2021 Common Ground Country Fair. Karen Washington, of Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Growers and Stacy Brenner, state senator and organic farmer at Broadturn Farm.

Some of the topics discussed:
Changing the food system
Valuing our communities
Land stewardship


Karen Washington, co-owner and farmer at Rise & Root Farm
and cofounder of Black Urban Growers

Stacy Brenner, organic farmer at Broadturn Farm and Maine state senator

FMI Links:

2022 Common Ground Country Fair
Keynote speakers at the 2022 Common Ground Country Fair

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

Caitlyn Barker has worked in education and organic agriculture on and off for the last 17 years. She has worked on an organic vegetable farm, served on the Maine Farm to School network, worked in early childhood education and taught elementary school. She currently serves as the community engagement coordinator for MOFGA.

WERU Giving Tuesday Special Nonprofits Call-In 11/27/18

For the 3rd year, WERU-FM participated in Giving Tuesday by hosting 2 hour long special call in shows, dedicated to giving nonprofits an opportunity to call in and talk about their work and how the community can “give back”.

Links for both of the programs are below. The morning program was hosted by Ron Beard and engineered by Joel Mann. The afternoon edition was hosted by Amy Browne and engineered by Joel Mann.

Maine Currents 7/4/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor: Matt Murphy

Yankee Magazine Editor Mel Allen on “The Power of Community”

Longtime Yankee magazine editor Mel Allen spoke at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine on June 21st in conjunction with that town’s “Wednesday on Main” summer series. His topic was “The Power of Community” and he commented on how that is at play in Bucksport and other towns in the region.

Yankee Magazine
Wednesday on Main

Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and

Maine Currents 4/5/17

Segment 1: Proposed Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations in Maine
Segment 2: Communities Coming Together for Civil Political Discourse

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

State Representative Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland is sponsoring LD1008, legislation that would create a “Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations” in the state. We take you to the public hearing. And in the 2nd half of the show we open the phone lines as we talk with organizers of 2 of the many “civil discussion” type events popping up in the area.
Stacy Leafsong from Mainers for Accountable Leadership & Standing for the Common Good is organizing a Community Listening Session in Orland this Saturday, and Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions will fill us in on the “Make Shift Coffee Houses” he facilitates. The next one is coming up Friday night at Husson University.


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and

Maine Currents 3/29/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

A multi-partisan panel discussion of how personal experiences influence political beliefs, and how to communicate with people with different beliefs. Listeners call in and share their views as well.

Guests: Renee Trust, Tim Wilson, Thomas White, Ken Gleason

Note from Jennifer, one of the callers on today’s show, re “Bridging the Gap” group in Belfast: “I called in about a group that formed in Belfast this January, with Elliot Benjamin…as the originator. The initial concept was to bring “Trump and non-Trump” supporters together around a common belief of being opposed to hate crimes and hate discrimination. The mission is evolving as is the name. The next meeting is on Sunday April 2 at 6:30 in Belfast at 93 Main Street above Alexia’s Pizza. Anyone who is interested can call me at 469-2045.”

Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and

Maine Currents 11/30/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

“Where Do We Go From Here?: How local groups and individuals are responding to Trump’s election and preparing for what’s to come”. Call-in show.

Karen Marysdaughter, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Jane Crosen, local activist
Jennifer Reifler, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust volunteer
Joining us briefly by phone: Susan Dickson Smith, EMeRJ

Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

WERU Special: Giving Tuesday (2 segments) 11/29/16

“Giving to Your Community”, WERU’s alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and our way of participating in Giving Tuesday, which is a national day all about supporting community organizations by donating and volunteering.

WERU celebrated the day with a special live hour at 10am and then another at 4pm on the “Giving Voice to Your Community” theme. Local and state-wide nonprofit organizations of all kinds were invited to call in and share a little bit about their organizations and the ways that community members can support them.

Hosts, hour 1: John Greenman and Amy Browne.
Hosts, hour 2: John Greenman and Matt Murphy
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Talk of the Towns 3/12/10

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Topic: Restorative Justice and Rentry – New Ways to Respond to Crime
Guests: Margaret Micolichek – Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast
What is the history of crime and punishment in the US?  What are the underlying beliefs that support these approaches?
What are the signs that our overall approaches to crime and punishment are not working—as a deterrent to future crime and/or reconnecting people with social support to live productive lives?
How did the restorative justice movement come about?   What are its underlying beliefs?
When did Restorative Justice in the Mid-Coast get started?
How are you organized?

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