Plant Something at School!
Maine School Garden Network is teaming up with Maine Agriculture in the Classroom and ReTreeUS to form the Maine School Garden Collaborative that will provide unique garden and orchard learning opportunities for 5 schools in 2019. Participating schools will receive fruit trees, garden consultation, integrated pest management resources and lessons that are aligned to learning standards that will enable teachers to utilize the gardens and orchards as outdoor classrooms.These opportunities have been made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to Maine Landscape and Nursery Association to work with the Maine School Garden Collaborative to get students and teachers to Plant Something at School! This year’s recipient schools include:
- Sedgwick Elementary
- Great Salt Bay Community School
- Indian Township School
- Saccarappa Elementary
- Penobscot Community School
We intend to share resources generated from this collaboration with schools throughout the state and to provide this in-depth programming for 5 new schools in 2020. To learn more about these opportunities reach out to MSGN Program Director, Erika Verrier, or ReTreeUS Program Manager, Richard Hodges, or MAITC Executive Director, Willie Grenier.
In March of 2019, this collaboration worked together to construct and host the Children’s Garden at the Maine Flower Show in Thompson’s Point, Portland. Needless to say, the kids really dig it! See details in our April 2019 Newsletter.
Many thanks to all the sponsors…
Norway Savings Bank
Broadway Gardens Greenhouses Inc.
Coast of Maine Organic Products, Inc.
Paris Farmers Union
Cozy Acres Greenhouses
Allen, Sterling, & Lothrop
New England Specialty Stone
Huge shout out to the members and hard working volunteers of the Maine School Garden Collaborative for pulling together a fantastic Children’s Garden!