Maine School Garden Network

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School Garden 101

School Garden 101 Short Course

Dates: Tuesdays, October 21, 28, November 4, 18, 25 and December 2, 2014

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Location: Central School, 197 Main St, South Berwick, ME 03908

Cost: $60 (materials & all classes)

CEU: 1.5 CEUs available upon successful course completion.

Register online by Friday, October 17, 2014. Class limited to 20 participants.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County will be offering a course this fall geared for school teachers, school staff, and volunteers who want to build their skills related to creating and maintaining a successful school garden. Participants will learn about and share means and methods of integrating the garden to the classroom and cafeteria. Each of the six class sessions will focus on a particular garden subject including composting, soils, seedlings and garden planning.

Course participants will build an understanding of basic gardening principles; connect gardening principles to school activities and curriculum; and support the creation or enhancement of school gardens with ideas and planning time.

To maximize the benefits and experience, it is encouraged that several people (teachers, cooks, parents, librarians, etc.) from the same school community enroll in the course.

Contact: Becky Gowdy at 1-800-287-1535 (in Maine) or 207-324-2814 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enrollment for the 2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training is open in Knox, Lincoln & Waldo Counties!

Master Gardener Volunteers at the Morris FarmUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

Learn about soil health, composting, botany and how plants work,insect and disease life cycles, how fertilizers and pesticides function (and are often misused), growing fruits, vegetables and more

The 45+ hour program is $220.00 with scholarships available. Certification requires 40 hours of volunteer work, and only 20 hours in subsequent years.

Projects include school gardens, growing food for food pantries and soup kitchens, doing educational talks and demos, and much more. 

It's easy, meaningful, and fun.

Classes start October 2 and are on Thursday evenings from 5-8pm.  Classes break for winter and start up again in the spring.  Sign up by September 18!

Learn more about the Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Learn how to apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer!

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The Maine School Garden Network announces the 4th annual

School Garden Open House

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Plan now to hold an Open House event at your school garden,
in conjunction with Maine Harvest Lunch week.

Open your garden to the public, provide tours,
have fun and educational activities.

Generate support for your garden program
among parents and the community.

Help your students show pride in their hard work.

Recruit new volunteers and supporters for your garden.

Help to publicize school gardens in Maine!


Click here for info on planning your event; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Participating schools are listed here.

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Grant Opportunities


ReTreeUs is accepting applications for 2014 Educational School Orchards.  The orchards include signs to make orchards accessible to students for self-guided tours. The organization also leads workshops on the educational and nutritional importance of growing food locally and at home. 

A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to community action projects.  These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started or projects that are already developed and sustainable. 

The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce the availability of funds, to help fight hunger, in the form of a competitive grant for chapters. The FFA: Food For All grants support National FFA’s Feeding Our World – Starting at Home initiative.

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund has a SEED grant available to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s). The deadline is rolling, with decisions made in about three weeks. The range is $250 to $1,000. 

The Edible Schoolyard has compiled a list of fundraising resources and best practices for writing grants.

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Grant Program: The Maine Agriculture Specialty License plate revenues make $60,000 available again this year! Many thanks to these license plate owners! Schools and non-profit agriculture education initiatives across the state may apply for this competitive funding. Last year 35 programs were funded across the state in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $5,000.

To donate to the MSGN:

Please make your check out to:
Maine School Garden Network

and mail to:

Maine School Garden Network
28 State House Station
Augusta, Maine

Thank you for supporting educational gardening in Maine!

About Us:

Our Board of Directors meets monthly, on the third Tuesday of the month, in Brunswick. If you'd like to join us, or just have a question or comment, please email Kat Coriell, board chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.

Please contact the MSGN Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions, to schedule a school visit, or suggest resources for the website. 

Even though our name specifies "school" gardens, be assured that we promote educational gardens of all persuasions, whether they are located at a public school, private school, community garden, summer camp, private educational organization, home school, or elsewhere.

The Maine School Garden Network collaborates with various state organizations, including Maine Ag in the Classroom, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Healthy Maine Partnerships, and the Maine Farm to School Network.

Visit the website of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for a wealth of information and a full calendar of regional events.