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Common Ground Radio 11/10/22: Creating School Gardens

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.

This month: A panel discussion with three speakers on the topic of school garden creation, implementation and impact.

Guest/s:
David Wessels, garden coordinator at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine
Ryan Parker, Maine’s FoodCorps Impact and Partnerships Lead
Brittany Layman, Director of Health, Wellness and Safety for RSU 22 and the Vice Chair of the Maine School Garden Network

FMI Links:
Maine School Garden network
Maine Ag in the Classroom
Maine Farm to School

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.

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

Guest/s:

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.

Common Ground Radio 4/1/16

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

Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

Program Topic: Soil Management in Organic Farming Systems

Key Discussion Points:
a) Basics of soil structure and composition
b) Chemical and biological characteristics of soil
c) Building and maintaining soil fertility

Guests:
Eric Sideman, MOFGA
Bruce Hoskins, Maine Soil Testing Service
Nicolas Lindholm, Hackmatack Farm and Blue Hill Berry Co., Penobscot, ME
Paul Volckhausen, Happy Town Farm, Orland, ME

Common Ground Radio 12/4/15

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke

Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

Program Topic: Keynote Address, 2015 Farmer-to-Farmer Conference, recorded 11/8/15 at Point Lookout, Northport, Maine

Key Discussion Points:
History of Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT
Changes in organic farming over past 40 years

Guests:
Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT
Ann Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield, VT

Common Ground Radio 5/6/11

Producers/Hosts: Cheryl Wixson, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Topic: Public Policy

How does the public (consumer) participate in the process? What can citizens do to protect themselves from toxics? What is the civics process of bills in the legislature?

Guests:
Andy O’Brien, State Representative, District 44; Jim Gerritson, Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater; Heather Spaulding, Associate Director, MOFGA

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