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Welcome to the MSGN newsletter list!

Since you were added after the October newsletter was sent, here it is for your reading pleasure, with some time-sensitive grant opportunities and October garden tips. Look out for the next one in early November! Feel free to reach out with any additions - events, grant opportunities, tips, stories. We'd love to hear from you and share your work.  Thank you for your interest and support. 

Apples and autumn leaves, 
Myra 
MSGN Coordinator 
October 2016

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

Ridge View Community School

 

Introducing another School Garden Coach for 2016:
Erica Rudloff!

The garden Erica started in 2011 now has space for 36 3'x 6' beds, an orchard that the kindergarten class plants a tree in each year, a perennial memorial bed for the Lake Family, and 2 raised beds for kindergarten students. She has worked closely with Kate Garland of the local Cooperative Extension office to bring FoodCorps there for three years, build an outdoor classroom, and create an incredible "Garden Legacy Project" (click here to learn more). 


Now in their 6th year, Erica continues to run the weekly garden club and summer program. She's made the program financially sustainable through a garlic braid raffle and spring plant sale, and is working to get more teacher buy-in and administrative support. We are so excited to work with this incredibly passionate and garden-savvy parent, community member, and superstar! 
Read more about the Ridge View Community School Garden here. 

 It's not too late! REGISTER NOW 

2016 MAINE FARM TO SCHOOL CONFERENCE

2016 Maine Farm to School Conference

WHEN: October 14th, 2016
8:30am - 4:30pm

WHERE: Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
This conference will provide networking opportunities; hands-on workshops to support the 3 Farm to School pillars of Local Food Procurement, School Gardens, and Agriculture Education; a tour of nearby Whiting Farm; learning opportunities from local, state, and national Farm to School partners; conversations about policies to support Farm to School implementation, and more! Click here to register.

DID YOU KNOW that school gardens are one leg of Farm to School, alongside procurement and education? 
 
The 2016 National Farm to School Month theme, One Small Step, will highlight the simple ways anyone can get informed, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in their own communities and across the country. Learn more about National Farm to School Month, how you can get involved, and sign the One Small Step pledge by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, farmtoschool.org.

Read ME Agriculture 2017

**First come, first served on this great garden-based literacy material. Sign up today!
 
Each PreK-4 classroom will receive a copy of the book with lesson ideas, and information on Maine Agriculture given by a volunteer reader from the area. Read ME Agriculture has been a very successful program, reaching over 87,000 Maine students, since 2008. 
 
You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component. All forms must be returned to the MAITC office by January 1, 2017. 

Featured Fundraising Opportunities

 
"Healthy, Local, Sustainable Fundraising"

Farmraiser is a great way to raise funds while distributing healthy local food and produce to the community and learning about the importance of healthy eating and supporting the local economy. They help you partner with local farms and food hubs to sell local products.
Check out their Farm-to-School Month promotion here!


What: $2000 grant
Who: K-12 edible educational gardens
When (deadline): October 31st
HowFill out the application online here!

Contact grants@wholekidsfoundation.org with questions, or visit the Whole Kids Foundation website to learn more. 

October Garden Ideas:
NATIVE SEED BOMBS
from the Wild Seed Project

Perfect for an area needing some re-wilding and an opportunity to talk about native plants, the ecosystem, seeds, soil, and more. 
According to the folks at the Wild Seed Project, from now until early spring is the best time for seed bomb creation and dispersal: "The seeds of many northern species need to experience a winter cold period before the seeds will germinate. Sowing the seeds during the cold and wet time of year will give these seeds the best chance to work their way into a soil niche and provide the cold stratification they need for germination."  All you need is some clay, compost, water, and native seeds! Click here to learn more from the Wild Seed Project.
 

TOMATO SEED SAVING
from Seed to School

Fall is also the perfect time for saving seeds, and tomato seeds are super easy and fun to save.
You can even do a taste test beforehand and choose your favorites to save the seeds from! They need to be fermented first to remove the germination inhibitor.
Click here for a lesson plan to learn how! 

 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.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES OF THE CAPITAL AREA SEEKS GLEANING OPPORTUNITIES AT KENNEBEC COUNTY FARMS to reduce food waste and increase food access to those in need.  

Contact Renee Page: rpage@mcd.org or (207) 588-5020 for more information or to arrange a time for gleaners to harvest. 
 This project is in collaboration with the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office and supported by the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation.
UPCOMING EVENTS

October 4-9: Seed – the Untold Story film screening - Frontier Cafe (Brunswick) 

October 14: Maine Farm to School Conference - Bates College (Lewiston)

October 15: Fedco Bulb Sale - Fedco, 9am-3pm (Clinton) 

October 16: Great Maine Apple Day - MOFGA, 12-4pm (Unity)

November 2: Just Eat It film screening - Spectrum Generations Muskie Center, 5-8pm (Waterville)


VIew our EVENTS CALENDAR here.

View MOFGA's events calendar here.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Wild Ones Seed Money: OPEN NOW, closes October 15th

Whole Foods: OPEN NOW, closes October 31st

Seedmoney: OPEN NOW, closes November 10th


NRCM (for Middle Schools): OPEN NOW, closes December 1st

Safer® School Garden Grant: OPEN NOW, closes December 1st

USDA Farm to School Grant: OPEN NOW, closes December 8th

Lowe's Toolbox for Education 

Captain Planet Foundation 

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

click here to
DONATE
to the MSGN through our donations page

A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS!







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