April 2015 Newsletter

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Regional Gathering Observation

Many of you have expressed interest in connecting with other educators to share garden curriculum.  A platform exists for this: Teach ME Food and Farms. This is a searchable database of lessons aligned to Common Core and Maine Learning Results. There is a "Suggest a Lesson" heading where you can submit lessons you have found useful. The lessons will be aligned and posted to the database. 

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April in the Garden 

Think ahead and start planning garden related tasks and activities for the remainder of school year and summer. If you’re considering holding a School Garden Open Houseduring Maine Harvest Lunch Week in late September, think about what you want to still have growing in the garden when visitors come, and plan accordingly. Sunflowers and pumpkins are easy to grow and can be started indoors two weeks before planting outside once the danger of frost is past, or directly sown in late spring and early summer.  

If you haven’t done a soil test in the last year or two, do one once the ground has thawed. This way, you’ll know exactly what soil amendments your garden soil needs and target your funds accordingly. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for more information.

Remove old plant material and winter debris from your garden. If you mulched/covered your gardens, remove the coverings, including that around fall plantings of garlic. Side dress garlic with compost once it emerges.

If you have a hoophouse, continue to do successive plantings of hearty lettuces, greens and radishes, and harvest those that have matured. Doors should be left open during the day, depending on the inside temperature and fabric covering may be needed at night to buffer temperatures around young plants. If you grow spinach, you may find this lesson useful.

Forest Hills Consolidated School

Forrest Hills Community School

School Garden Regional Gatherings

Network with school garden educators, local farmers and resource professionals! There will be garden tours, workshop presentations, round table discussions and more!

In April we are featuring Gatherings at the following locations:

Aroostook County Regional Gathering: April 29

Androscoggin County Regional Gathering: April 30

Find your county here! More dates and locations still to come!

Maine School Garden Intensive - May 2, 2015

K-12 EDUCATOR TRAINING WORKSHOP

At Johnny's Selected Seeds
Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00-3:30

Click here for more information

Maine School Garden Day - May 9, 2015

Maine School Garden Day will be held at Sanford Regional Technical Center, hosted by the Landscaping and Horticulture Program from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  REGISTER HERE