Happy New Year!

Here's to another year of fresh school garden abundance and bounty!
January 2017

School Garden of the Month
(sponsored by Maine Ag in the Classroom)

Manchester Learning Gardens, Windham

We here at MSGN are lucky to have Ms. Pam Lanz, a school garden coach at the Manchester Learning Gardens, serving on our Board!

The Manchester School Learning Gardens began in 1999 when Pam applied for a small $300 grant to beautify the school grounds. It only takes a little bit of nudging, belief, financial support, and some beautiful flowers to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Pam brings a unique perspective, having served as an educator for 36 years, and having been a driving force for the garden since its inception. She’s a certified Master Gardener, and if we could give her a certification, we’d dub her Master Board Member and School Garden Advocate. Always willing to help, Pam has lent the voice of educators, with the understanding of the challenges that teachers face every day.

She's also certainly seen the benefits of the work: “I've seen firsthand the joy, enthusiasm, curiosity, cooperation and real involvement by kids when they're outside working in the gardens and doing hands-on garden related lessons in the classroom. It makes all of the hard work of having and sustaining a school garden, well worth the effort!”

Read more about the Manchester Learning Gardens here.


January 20, 2017    8:30am - 4:00pm
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Augusta, ME
118 Marquardt Building, Door D7
(32 Blossom Lane, for GPS)
Participants will receive:
7 contact hours or .7 CEU's from UMaine
Project Food, Land and People, 55-lesson Curriculum Supplement
Nutrients for Life Materials
Wild Blueberry Curricula
And much more!
Cost is $50 per educator - Scholarships are available!
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2017

Maine Nutrition Council Presents: Just Eat It!

Join the Maine Nutrition Council at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in the Waldo Room on Thursday January 12th at 10am in viewing the film Just Eat It! Followed by discussion.

Visit the Maine Nutrition Council website for more information.

Maine School Garden Day

May 6, 2017
This year's Maine School Garden Day will take place on Saturday, May 6th, at Falmouth High School from 8-4, a full day of classes, exhibits, and more! This is a K-12 educator training workshop and all participants will receive certificates for contact hours or CEU's. The cost of the day is $25 ($35 after April 30) and includes a local foods lunch. Scholarships are available. Click here to register now!

January Garden Ideas:



Lucky for us, carrots are one of the Maine Local 20 vegetables we can enjoy locally all year round. Try out these deliciously fun carrot recipes from the Manchester Learning Gardens:
- Curried Carrot Soup
- Pineapple Carrot Muffins


The first time I saw this incredible tool was at a Maine School Garden Day talk when Islesboro's wonderful Horticulture teacher Ryan Martin showed us the power of garden planning. Find out exactly how many carrots you can actually plant in that bed, and what kinds of companion plants can be friendly to them. Pick out varieties that are suited to your location and find out where to get the seeds. 

Bonus: have the students plan the garden space and order the seeds themselves!

Click here for more information from our friends at SeedMoney and a FREE 7 day trial - ample time to plan out your space! (or buy a subscription for $29 per year).

 Check out our SCHOOL GARDEN CALENDAR to learn more about what this month looks like in the garden! 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.


January 10-12: State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta 
January 12, 10am: Just Eat It! Film with Maine Nutrition Council State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta 

January 20: MAITC Curriculum Connections Workshop - Registration deadline is January 6th! Register today.

March 20-24: Read ME Agriculture

May 6: Maine School Garden Day (stay tuned for more info!) (Falmouth)
July 31 - August 4: Summer Teacher's Institute (Farmington)


View MOFGA's events calendar here.


Maine Ag in the Classroom (MAITC) Grant Program - Request For Applications Available Now: Click here for more information.

For more grant opportunities, visit


The Flannel Shirt Fund – June 1, October 1, February 1 ($400 to $1200)
RetreeUS – orchards for schools, ongoing
New England Grassroots Environment Fund –Seed grants ($250-$1000): ongoing, “Grow” Grants ($1000-$3000): March 15 & September 15

Lowe’s Toolbox for EducationThe Spring 2017 grant cycle will open on December 18, 2016 and close on February 9, 2017.
Digital Wish Grants – 15th of every month, submit a lesson plan to win
Fruit Tree 101 – orchards for schools, ongoing
Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools – get a salad bar for your school, ongoing

click here to
(THANK YOU to all who contributed in 2016 to our SeedMoney campaign and otherwise!)

A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS!



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!
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