Albert S. Hall School Garden

All those who attended last year’s Maine School Garden Day know how special the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville is. The garden itself is a modest size, with six raised beds right on the blacktop next to their playground. There are some round beds for herbs and small vegetable plants, with easy access for small hungry hands. It is highly … Read More

July 2013 Newsletter

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Upcoming EventsSign up for the School Garden Open House on 9/28!7/29-8/2: MAITC Summer Teacher’s Institute.Networking OpportunitiesLake Region Vocational School is looking to connect with other schools using hydroponic growing systems.Lake Region Vocational School is exploring the addition of a school garden and is looking for other vocational schools that have or are also interested in starting a garden.ResourcesDirt: The Erosion of CivilizationsNew England Vegetable Management … Read More

3rd Annual School Garden Open House

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3rd Annual School Garden Open House Saturday, September 28, 2013 Hello Garden Coordinators! September may be the last thing on your mind as the end of the school year is upon us, but please consider holding an Open House at your garden project this fall! It’s a great way to highlight your program’s achievements, build support among your school and … Read More

May 2013 Newsletter

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The Summer Garden It is time to make plans for maintaining your school garden over the summer, as it will be here before you know it. Here are some suggestions: Mulch – Mulching pathways and garden beds will reduce the need to weed and water. Materials that can be used include cardboard, newspaper, straw, plastic mulch, paving stones, and cover … Read More

Applying Pesticides on School Gardens

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Dear School Gardeners, An important message from the Maine Board of Pesticides Control: Every school garden program in the state of Maine that is planning to apply products for control of weeds, insects, animals or plant diseases (pesticides) must have a staff member licensed as a Commercial Master Pesticide Applicator. State law since 1988 has required applicators of pesticides to … Read More

March 2013 Newsletter

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Planning the Garden In scouring resources for this month’s newsletter on steps in planning a school garden, I came upon this website from California. The following ideas come from the book Gardens for Learning sponsored by the California School Garden Network. This publication is free to download as a pdf or you could opt to buy a hard copy. • … Read More

Time and Tide RC&D Grants 2013

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Dear Maine School Garden Network Members, Time and Tide RC&D is offering $100 grants to one school in each of the following counties: Androscoggin, Kennebec, Know, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Waldo. Please view the attached file for the application: Application_forms_for_2013_School_Garden_Mini_Grants_Time_and_Tide Happy Gardening! Suzanne Balbo Maine School Garden Network Coordinator

February 2013 Newsletter

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Happy February! With school vacation behind us, it’s time to be thinking spring. The snow will soon melt, and mud season will be upon us once again. The sap will be running, and collected, to make a delicious Maine staple: maple syrup. If you haven’t attended an event before, make sure to mark your calendars for Maine Maple Sunday on … Read More

January 2013 Newsletter

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Happy 2013! The Maine School Garden Network Board Members went through a rigorous hiring process in late 2012 to hire the first ever MSGN Coordinator. Suzanne Balbo, an elementary teacher for the past 10 years, joined the MSGN in January. She will be working on connections between local farmers and schools, growing funding for school gardens through grants, and keeping … Read More

Fall Events 2012

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Hello School Gardeners and their supporters! I hope everyone’s gardens are bursting with tomatoes, pumpkins and kale….and not too many weeds. It was an interesting growing season, with so much rain in the first half, and so little in the second. And bugs galore! First, I want to remind you about the second annual, statewide School Garden Open House taking … Read More

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