Maine School Garden Day  May 13th, 2023

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Maine School Garden Day May 13th, 2023

Theme: School Gardens–Connecting the Whole School Community. This year MSGD will focus on the 3 C’s: Classroom, Cafeteria and Community

By Maine School Garden Network

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, May 13 · 9am - 3:30pm EDT


Reeds Brook Middle School 28 Main Road South Hampden, ME 04444

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About this event

  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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RSU 22 is a participant this year of Maine Farm and Sea to School Network’s Farm to Sea Institute and is looking forward to sharing some of their initiatives with our community! Their new chef will be preparing lunch and highlighting local ingredients their students have been enjoying. There will be time for community connections, local procurement discussions, tours of the grounds and various garden workshops. (earn up to 0.65 CEUs) The day will culminate with a Raffle to benefit MSGN! CASH appreciated! See below for raffle details.

Agenda: (More details to be announced!)

8:15-9:00 am: Registration opens

Breakfast, coffee, networking, visit exhibition tables

9:00-9:15am: Opening Remarks

Welcome to Maine School Garden Day 2023!

9:20-10:00 am: Keynote Speaker

Discussion on building community in natural spaces

10:15 -11:00 am: Regional Community Round Table Discussion

As requested at our annual meeting last fall!

Breakout groups based on region/county to have time to connect with others in area to share ideas, resources and collaborate. Consider bringing lesson plans to share with your group!

11:00-11:45 am: Lunch

Blackened Fish Tacos, or blackened cauliflower, with lime crema, pickled onions and grilled pineapple salsa

Flour and GF corn tortillas

Reeds School Garden Spring Salad

Conversation on local procurement over lunch

12:00-12:45 pm: Garden Tours

Guided walking tour of the campus/ different garden spaces

1:00-3:00 pm: Afternoon garden workshops

Scheduled workshops:

Beekeeping with Dr. Phil Fanning, University of Maine

Pollinators with Laurie Bowen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Piscataquis County

Soil Health and Diversity with Michael Ward, Ward Land & Ranch Restoration

Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation with Maggie Blumenthal, Etna Dixmont Elementary, and Ryan Parker, FoodCorps

Working with native plants in accessible spaces to help students build relationships to place with Nell Houde, Wild Seed Project

Session 1: 1:00-1:30 pm

Session 2: 1:40-2:10 pm

Session 3: 2:20-2:50 pm

3:00-3:30 pm: Raffle Drawing and Closing Remarks

All guests will go home with door prizes of: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens day pass, ChopChop Magazines, Proven Winners booklets and seeds and Edible Maine magazines!

About the organizer

The mission of the Maine School Garden Network is to promote and support educational gardens for youth, and to encourage school programs which teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship.