Building A Seed-Savvy Citizenry

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If you missed the presentation by our Coordinator, Myra Manning, at the Maine Farm to School Conference this year, you can still access the resources she provided here! Based on the seed-savvy survey, participants gained an understanding of flower anatomy and reproduction, how seeds are developed, and what it means to live in a world of hybrids, GMOs, heirlooms, and … Read More

2016 Maine Farm to School Conference Presentation

The School Garden Coaches from the Messalonskee Middle and High School and Ridge View Community School pilot sites did a fantastic job presenting at the Maine Farm to School Conference on October 14th. If you’d like to learn more about their programs and how to start “School Gardens From Scratch”, check out their presentation below! (if you cannot see anything … Read More

Grant Feature: NRCM 2016

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Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is excited to offer the following grant opportunity: HOW MUCH: $500 WHO: Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) teachers and clubs in Maine WHAT: Projects that educate students about the value of Maine’s environment and engage them in the effort of protecting it WHEN (DEADLINE): December 1st, 2016; Decisions and awards are made … Read More

Educational Exhibits at your Open House

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Here are some ideas for educational exhibits at your Open House offering. Tell ’em your story! Have a poster, display table, skit, etc. with photos and info on how your project was created. Have a ‘thank you’ poster/display about the businesses, farmers, and volunteers who have supported your project.  Your students could create thank you cards/drawings/artwork for them as well. … Read More

Publicizing Your Open House Offering

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Once you’ve registered your offering, we will promote the event in every which way we can, BUT you can help us get the word out. Here are just a few ideas for how to do that… Use this INVITATION to share your event. Plug in your information on the second page and print, cut, distribute! Send a notice home with … Read More

School Garden Open House

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Educators: Celebrate Your Garden with a  SCHOOL GARDEN OPEN HOUSE Kick off the school year with an Open House to showcase your garden programs and students’ hard work. These events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so look out for offerings in your area, and don’t forget to spread the word! WHY HOST AN OPEN HOUSE?? Display your garden … Read More

Solar Ovens

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Solar Ovens in the Garden Carolyn Wason, FoodCorps service member in Liberty (Walker Elementary is August’s School Garden of the Month!)   As a one-time activity (i.e. at a summer camp): Time: 1.5 hours to make the ovens, 2(ish) hours to cook Ages: mixed kindergarten and up (pair younger students with older ones)   Introduction: Discuss with students how greenhouses … Read More

August School Garden of the Month: Walker Memorial Elementary, Liberty

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SCHOOL GARDEN OF THE MONTH Welcome to the MSGN’s School Garden of the Month. This project is made possible by Maine Ag in the Classroom’s 2016 Grant program. We will be highlighting a unique school garden each month and making visits to connect with the fantastic garden leaders in this state, talk about the awesome work they’re doing, and share … 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

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