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SHARING CONNECTIONS & SOLUTIONS:
Updates & invitations for school garden leaders amid COVID-19
WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

Teachers, school nutrition staff, and administrators are working tirelessly to ensure Maine's students are fed and learning. Healthcare workers and government officials are working around the clock to respond with care during this chaos. Community members across the state are stepping up to help their neighbors.
Local heroes, we see you and your efforts keeping our communities afloat.
Thank you.


This is the time of year when school gardeners and their extensive teams are typically getting outside with students eager to get their hands in the dirt. 
Maine School Garden Network and our core partners have been considering ways we can best support our statewide network during these uncertain times.

MSGN is adjusting our programs and creating avenues for school gardeners to connect, share how they're coping, and discuss ways for moving forward this spring and beyond.

Below are our most recent updates. We want to help, and hear from you about how we can best do so. Please consider joining us for one of two remote meetings next week to provide your input (see below). 

Our network is as strong as ever, with careful consideration from our dedicated team for the actions ahead. We're Mainers--arguably the most resilient and resourceful people on the planet--and we're in this together. Be well.
JOIN A REMOTE MEETING:
April 1 or April 2

Our network members know how we love hearing from you and what is happening on the ground in your part of the state. In that sense, right now is no different. MSGN wants to understand what what your exact needs are at this unique time.

Please consider joining us for one of two remote meetings next week, either by phone or video conference via Zoom: Wednesday, April 1, 11:00a-12:30p or Thursday, April 2, 3:00-4:30p. The agendas for these meetings will be the same, though the content will vary based on participants' input.

If you are unable to join either of these meetings, please note that we will be recording each one and will share those recordings afterwards. Please don't hesitate to reach out directly to Michelle (michelle@msgn.org) with any questions or concerns, especially if you can't make either of these meetings. Help us so we can best help you!



MAINE SCHOOL GARDEN DAY
Cancelled for 2020
 
During this challenging time of unknowns, Maine School Garden Network has decided to take CDC recommendations seriously and do our best to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have decided to cancel Maine School Garden Day for 2020. As our biggest (and most favorite) event of the year, we do not make this decision lightly and appreciate your understanding. In the months ahead we will be working to provide alternative ways for school gardeners to stay connected and will be sure to update our network as these develop. 

If you had already registered for Maine School Garden Day (which was scheduled for May 2, 2020), we will be issuing you a full refund via the Eventbrite platform with which you registered.

Please save the date for next year's Maine School Garden Day: May 1, 2021.
We'll be hosting in the same location, Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden.


A FEW RESOURCES

We'll be sharing out more resources in the coming weeks, especially after getting input during our remote meetings next week. Please be sure to reach out, especially if you can't join at either of those times. In the meantime, here are a few resources for you at this time:
Stay tuned for more. We'll be creating a YouTube channel and will be seeking videos to share through that platform. (Please add your ideas: Strategies for Remote School Garden Engagement!)
WRAPPING UP
 
The moment we're in is filled with uncertainty. It seems that now, more than ever, we're feeling the importance of teaching people - especially the next generation - the benefits of gardening. Planting a seed is a powerful act of self-sufficiency, and an active way to promote food security. 

We're doing our part by practicing social distancing in the physical sense. With remote technology and the readiness of Mainers to take action and show up for one another, we are still able to stay close as a community. 

 
Please take good care and stay connected with us. 

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