July 2019 Newsletter


School Garden Grown
School Garden of the Month
*On Summer Vacation*
In-Person Events

 *Resource Rallies!*
Network Directory Survey Reminder
Events & Opportunities
July Garden Tips



Fair season is upon us and we are ramping up to display School Garden Grown produce in exhibit halls across the state!

MSGN would love to see ALL school gardens use this opportunity to promote awareness of their great work and show off their School Garden Grown bounty! We know how hard garden educators and volunteers work and the fruits (and veggies!) of your labor is valuable. Through everyone is a winner when we work together to promote educational gardens throughout Maine, entering produce into far exhibit halls could lead to you winning prize money for your efforts!

MSGN invites you to promote your school garden and show off your harvest! Here's how:

1) Let us know Email us so we know you're planning on entering your produce. 

2) Learn the details - Find your local fair dates and detailed entry information in fair books online.  

3) Determine your entries - What fruits or veggies would you like to exhibit? hat are the entry requirements for your fair(s)? 

4) Plan the logistics -  Who will harvest your produce? Who will be available to drop your entries off at the fair(s) in the appropriate timeframe? 

5) Stay in touch -  Let us know if you've entered and if you receive any ribbons! And of course, reach out to with any questions along the way.


One of our favorite newsletter segments is on summer vacation.
Check back next month for another fabulous feature of a Maine school garden!

Visiting One Region at a Time
MSGN is hosting in-person events and we'd like you to join!
Help us keep track of school gardens in Maine! Providing your garden's information in the MSGN Directory Survey ( means staying connected so we can provide you with the most useful information to help your garden thrive! 

As MSGN improves our website in the coming months we'll update our directory to reflect your input. Thanks for being "in network!" 


Are you participating in Harvest of the Month? Catch up on all the details and learn how you can prepare your garden to be the source for your "Harvest of the Month" here. Let us know how we can support your school garden's participation in this program!


  • Regular Maintenance 
    • Repair leaky hoses, broken tools, cracked watering cans as needed.
    • Periodically check to make sure summer volunteers are coming to water, weed, and pick ripe veggies.
  • Planting & Harvesting
    • Continue succession planting, especially when a crop goes by. You'll have food for the school cafeteria or food bank well into the fall! Planting things like lettuces, spinach, arugula, carrots, radishes, beets, and cilantro. 
      • Visit, enter your plant hardiness zone, and find a chart giving the best times to plant certain crops.  
    • If you have bare garden bed space, buy some colorful annuals to fill in; they're often sold at reduced prices at local nurseries and big box stores.
    • Harvest garlic when the tops are turning brown. Dry the heads. Eat most, but be sure to save some for fall planting in October! 
  • Summer Watering - to conserve water, help prevent plant disease, and save time: 
    • Mulch bare garden ground to retain soil moisture and add visual appeal to your gardens.
    • Consider putting in an underground watering or drip system and put it on a timer. If no underground system, water in the early morning whenever possible.
    • If using an above-ground sprinkler, water earlier in the day, not later. Plant leaves will have a chance to dry off. 
    • Avoid mid-day watering. Plant leaves can "burn" and water evaporates, meaning less moisture for plants. 
    • When possible, water around the plant rather than directly onto the leaves and flowers.
    • Water deeply--one inch a week for established plants and more often for newly planted seeds and seedlings.
    • Pay attention to what rainfall Mother Nature provides and adjust watering accordingly. 
  • Try Something New!

 Check out our MONTHLY SCHOOL GARDEN CHECKLIST 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.
We are building our network and our team!
Are you interested in having an impact on garden education in Maine? Join us for updates on statewide programs and projects - let's grow together!
Future Meeting Dates:  July 24th, Aug 28th
Meetings are held in Augusta, inquire about remote connections.
We also welcome support for special projects via committees like fundraising, event planning, technical support and more. Want more information about current projects at MSGN? We'd love to work with you!
Email us today at
Plant Something Maine
Plant Something is a grassroots, nationally established campaign designed to increase the public’s support of local growers, nurseries, garden centers, and landscapers through awareness of the benefits of planting specialty crops for the landscape and garden. Plant Something Maine is a program of The Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA). If you recently attended the Maine Flower Show then you got to experience the essence of this organization. But if you’d like to learn more, then connect with them on facebook, visit their website, or subscribe to their newsletter.


School Garden Coach Manual 
A collaborative collection of information resources and perspectives in a "life changing" manual proudly developed by MSGN for you!  

Helpful Tips for Promising Grant Proposals 
MSGN funding expertise consolidated in one thoughtful guide for achieving grant opportunities from start up to follow up. Our "2 cents"  on funding your school garden.

School Garden Gants & Fundraisers
A comprehensive list for you! A working document, this will be updated periodically. Please let us know about new opportunities we can share!

July 28 - Open Farm Day (statewide) 

July 29 - Aug 2 - MAITC's Summer Teacher's Institute 

Aug 1 - Resource Rally at Hollis Elementary 1-3pm

Aug 25 - Resource Rally with PPS School Garden Network

Sept 16 - 20 - Maine Harvest Lunch Week 

Sept 20 - 22 - Common Ground Country Fair 

Oct 4 - Maine Farm to School Conference

Oct 19 - Downeast Apple Day

View MOFGA's events calendar here.

A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS!

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