School Greenhouse at Penobscot Community Elementary School
healthy acadia & umaine cooperative extension offer school greenhouse 101 course
February 25, 2013

HANCOCK COUNTY - Healthy Acadia and UMaine Cooperative Extension are coordinating a School Greenhouse 101 Course this spring. This course is for teachers, staff, school gardeners, or volunteers who work with or are planning a school greenhouse project.

The School Greenhouse 101 Course will cover topics such as integrated pest management, troubleshooting, model programs, grant writing, fundraising and soliciting donations, and integrating greenhouses into the school curriculum. Guest speakers will present at each class, including greenhouse expert Dr. Lois Stack of the University of Maine, Jon Thurston of Troy Howard Middle School, and Taylor Weiss of Washington County FoodCorps.

“This is an exciting opportunity for anyone involved or interested in being involved in school gardens,” stated Nikki Fox, Prevention Associate at Healthy Acadia. “Participants will have an opportunity to learn from speakers with extensive knowledge and experience. They will also be able to share their own projects and learn from each other about how best to increase the success of school gardens as well as to engage students and expand learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.”

The course will be held on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6:30pm, March 13th, 20th, & 27th, at the Ellsworth Cooperative Extension office, 63 Boggy Brook Road.

“UMaine Cooperative Extension is committed to helping people of all ages learn how to grow their own food and have a true connection to the land,” stated Marjorie Peronto, Hancock County Cooperative Extension Educator. “School garden and greenhouse programs are a perfect way to give hands-on experience to our youth. Learning how to nurture plants and eat healthy, locally grown food are important life skills that children need to become successful adults.”

The cost for the course is $15, and registration is due by March 6th. To register or for more information, please contact Nikki Fox at Healthy Acadia: 667-7171, or nikki@healthyacadia.org.

Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Farm to School Initiative is generously supported by The Bingham Program, C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, U.S. CDC, Maine Community Foundation, Polly & John Guth, and USDA SARE.

The University of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.