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June 2016
Welcoming the New Coordinator
June in the Garden 
School Garden Grown at Local Fairs
Maine School Garden Day Reflection
Farm-to-School Cook-Off Winners
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities 

A big welcome to our NEW COORDINATOR 


We are very excited to introduce Myra Manning as the new Coordinator for the Network. You may know her from her work at Johnny's Selected Seeds where she's been working in the research department for the past two years. She'd love to hear from you and can be reached at msgncoordinator@gmail.com or by phone at (207) 287-2232 with any ideas, questions, feedback, or just to say hi! 

Welcome Myra! 

JUNE IN THE GARDEN

 Check out our SCHOOL GARDEN CALENDAR to see what other activities you should plan for in June! For more information, try out these awesome resources: MOFGA's Planting Calendar, Fedco's Veggie Chart, and Johnny's Planting Calculator and Succession Planting Template.

PLAN FOR SUMMER CARE now to save you effort over the summer. Enlist staff members, students, families, community members, and local businesses.
  • Make a schedule or monthly calendar indicating who is responsible for caring for the garden each week. Provide contact information for each person. Distribute to volunteers.
  • Host a training meeting so volunteers know your expectations, how to care for the garden, where supplies and tools are located, how to access water, and what to do with harvested produce.
  • Keep a garden journal in a visible place to volunteers can leave notes about tasks accomplished, concerns, food harvested, etc.
  • Post a clearly labelled garden map in a garden shed or hoophouse.
  • Consider tackling summer projects with the help of volunteers such as building a compost system, a new raised bed, installing fencing.
  • Plan a potluck celebration at the end of summer for all who volunteered.
KENNEBEC SAVINGS BANK DONATES TO LOCAL NON-PROFITS IN JUNE
Kennebec Savings Bank is offering a $50 donation to Kennebec County 501(c)3 non-profits with every new account opening (up to 4) in Farmingdale until June 30. Consider writing MSGN in as your local non-profit of choice if you choose to open an account! 
 Look out for SCHOOL GARDEN GROWN produce at your local fair

You may have seen these stickers in the exhibition hall at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair last year, recognizing fresh and true-to-type produce from school gardens around the state. After the awesome success of that pilot program, MSGN is teaming up with Maine Fairs across the state to bring SCHOOL GARDEN GROWN recognition to the next level! At the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs Annual meeting in January, nine more fairs joined in to the program for 2016. To find more information and see if your fair is on the list, visit msgn.org or contact us (see information below)!
Reflecting on the 2016 MAINE SCHOOL GARDEN DAY at Albert S. Hall
“It was an honor for the Hall School to host the Maine School Garden Day and all the dedicated educators that gave up their Saturday to play with new gardening ideas for their garden programs. It was a wonderful day!”
– MARY DUNN, 5th Grade Teacher and Garden Leader at the Albert S. Hall School

 
We couldn’t have said it better. A HUGE thanks to the Albert S. Hall School for hosting the event, and to all of the participants for making it a SUPER SUCCESS!
Find our reflection here
Click here to review the Agenda and Flyer
Farm to School Cook-Off Finals: WE HAVE A WINNER!
The Maine Department of Education hosted the finals for the Farm to School Cook-Off on May 17th at Kennebec Valley Community College. The two regional winners Songo Locks Elementary School in Naples and Team Knox Rocks, which combined kitchen staff from SAD 28 in the Midcoast and RSU 13 in Rockland, faced off to explore the many possibilities on the canvas of school lunch trays. Team Knox Rocks took home the title, and sends out the call for other teams to take them on in next year’s Cook-Off! Congratulations Team Knox Rocks! Check out the news coverage here and also here!

IDEAS FOR THE NEWSLETTER?

Do you have a new project you'd like to promote in your school garden? Are there things you'd like for us to share with you? Let us know!
UPCOMING EVENTS

June 9: MAITC Grants Due (2015 Grant Reports Due 6/1)

June 11: Maine Bumble Bee Atlas Training (Orono)

June 11: MOFGA's Farm and Homestead Day (Unity)

June 22-23: Maine DOE School Wellness Summit (Lewiston)

June 25: UMaine Farmington Nature Based Education Summer Institute

August 1-5: Maine Ag in the Classroom Summer Teacher's Institute (Machias)

August 8-10: Maine School Nutrition Association Annual Conference (Bangor)

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

2016 MAITC Education Grant applications are now available. APPLY NOW! Deadline: June 9.

America in Bloom - links to several opportunities

The Flannel Shirt Fund

Plum $500 Youth Grants

Digital Wish Grants

RetreeUS

Fruit Tree 101

Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools

School and Community Garden Grants

A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS!







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