Please join us for our 2023 Annual Meeting!
Friday – November 3, 2023
Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth
We are incredibly fortunate to have the privilege of hosting our event at the beautiful Gilsland Farm, Maine Audubon’s picturesque location in Falmouth.
Our day will commence with two optional professional development sessions offering 2.5 contact hours for educators. Following these enriching sessions, we will convene for a delightful potluck meal, during which we will proudly premier MSGN’s video: “Promoting and Supporting Educational Gardens for Youth,” created by Just One Look Media. Lastly, our Annual Report will be presented along with results from the Network Survey 2023, encapsulating the remarkable progress we’ve achieved this year as a community.
As a token of appreciation, attendees will have the chance to walk away with wonderful door prizes generously provided by Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Benson Farm Earth Products.
A full agenda and more information about this year’s professional development sessions and speakers can be found on the Eventbrite page.
2022 Annual Meeting Recap
Using the School Garden to Help Our Students, Schools, and Communities Heal
Our first in person gathering after two years of virtual meetings was held in the beautiful setting of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG). Our meeting began with a professional development session led by Horticultural Therapist Irene Barber, which included a walk through the sensory garden, a talk on the practices of horticultural therapy in the outdoor classroom plus a hands-on planting activity! Attendees were able to get their hands in the soil and take home the rosemary and succulent pots they created. Learn more about therapeutic horticulture services at CMBG here.
Self guided tours of the grounds were followed by a gathering with our community for a meal, always such a special time for us and gave us the chance to hear all the great work school gardens are accomplishing across Maine! Before the business section of our program, educators from Old Town and Etna-Dixmont Elementary School shared some of the ways their gardens are creating healing spaces for their students, schools and communities.
A special thank you to our in kind sponsors: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Benson Farm Organic Products, ChopChop Magazine, FEDCO, Maine Garden Products, Skillins Nursery and Wyman’s of Maine. We thank everyone who came to the event and look forward to hosting again next year!
If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of this event next year, please email Susan Sager, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org Stay tuned for information!