grow your own organic garden

grow your own organic gardenAre you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term “certified organic” means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Come out for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the basics of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and common insect pests and methods of natural insect control. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region.

The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels. They are designed to provide folks with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening. The workshop is offered in partnership with Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Maine’s Adult & Community Education program and community sponsors.

Participants will acquire an understanding of:

  • the basics of soil science, and how to enrich soil to produce healthy, high yielding plants;
  • composting methods;
  • the principles of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures and manage nutrients in the garden;
  • the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, and basic weed control strategies; and
  • common insect pests and methods of natural insect control.

Downeast, the program will be offered at the following locations:

Sullivan
Regional School Unit 24,
Sumner Memorial High School, 2456 US Hwy. 1
207-422-4794
www.rsu24.maineadulted.org

Blue Hill
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill (Howard Room)
207-374-5515
www.bhpl.net

Mount Desert
Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education
Mt. Desert Island High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road (Room 105)
207-288-4703
mdi.maineadulted.org/

Trescott Township
Cobscook Learning Center
207-733-2233
www.thecclc.org