GRANT OPPORTUNITY: School Garden Coach Pilot Program

CLICK HERE to apply today! The Maine School Garden Network is proud to present a new pilot program to provide TWO $2000 mini grants for paid School Garden Coaches to two schools in Maine, thanks to the generous support of the Sewall Foundation. We are excited to partner with these grant recipients to provide mentorship in this pilot program, while … Read More

Maine Harvest Lunch Week

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SAVE THE DATE: September 19-23, 2016 …followed by the Maine School Garden Open House on September 24, 2016!   Source: USDA Blog 2014 – ‘Dig In to Local School Meals;’ Maine Celebrates Farm to School with Local Harvest Week Menu Competition Maine’s annual harvest lunch week promotes fresh, local food in school cafeterias and teaches our children and youth where … Read More

School Garden Grown at Local Fairs

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You may have seen these awesome #SCHOOLGARDENGROWN stickers in the exhibition hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair last year, recognizing fresh and true-to-type produce from school gardens around the state. After the awesome success of that pilot program, MSGN is teaming up with Maine Fairs across the state to bring school garden grown recognition to the next level!   … Read More

Reflecting on Maine School Garden Day 2016

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“It was an honor for the Hall School to host the Maine School Garden Day and all the dedicated educators that gave up their Saturday to play with new gardening ideas for their garden programs. It was a wonderful day!” – Mary Dunn, 5th Grade Teacher and Garden Leader at the Albert S. Hall School We couldn’t have said it … Read More

Garden Grants

There are lots of opportunities out there for funding your garden program. Check out these grantors for possible grants available locally and nationally.  If you find that any of these are outdated, or if you hear of others that could be useful to list on here, please let us know: info@msgn.org. LOCAL GRANTORS:  Seedmoney – due early November NRCM (for Middle … Read More

Fundraising

Fundraising for Success. Vermont Community Garden Network provides garden fundraising tips and planning advice. How to Handle Money. Tips on securing a bank account for your garden program and a fiscal sponsor. Annie’s Garden Funder DonorsChoose.org. This is an online charity where public school teachers can post a classroom project to the website. Funds requested must be for material goods … Read More

Why School Gardens?

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Why make the effort to have a garden project at your school? School gardens are the ultimate hands-on, interactive, kinesthetic, multisensory, holistic curriculum unit! Gardening enriches every subject area, from art to social studies, including special ed classes. Students who participate in garden projects at their school show increased academic performance. Children who learn to grow their own food make … Read More

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