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Eat Our Yards

“Food for Thought to Plant Your Plot”

eat-our-yards

Join us for a series of afternoon and evening lectures meant to help anyone turn their yard into an edible paradise. Beginner gardeners can benefit from talks on savvy vegetable gardening strategies, while experts at small-scale growing can expand their skills with knowledge of perennials and aquaponics. All can explore gardening beyond traditional crops with the series’ lectures on how novices can forage from the sea, grow mushrooms and raise edible insects.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

Can’t wait? Don’t forget to check out Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Winter Garden Workshops now! http://www.btlt.org/gardening-workshops/

2018 Series

Handouts left by presenters can be found at Curtis Memorial Library across from the circulation desk, in the shelves underneath the bulletin boards.

Schedule

 

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30 – 8PM  
Edible Insects
Bill Broadbent, Entosense
What insects could you grow or gather? Insects are a diverse and valuable source of green protein. Entosense will share how they make bugs tasty for humans, and how you can start to diversify your diet. Not sure you want to feed yourselves the ones in your yard? Come learn how to thriftily green your pet’s protein sources. Bring your questions and grow with us.

 

Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30 – 8 PM
Mushrooms at Home
Mike McNally, local mushroom enthusiast 
If you’ve only ever eaten mushrooms, but are interested in growing them, come to this unique talk. Mike McNally, mushroom enthusiast and member of the Maine Mycological Association, will be speaking about the many types of mushrooms you can grow at home with very little effort, and why you may want to do so. Did you know mushrooms can bolster the immune systems of pollinators, be a human medicinal supplements, and increase your garden yields? We hear they’re also tasty. Learn how logs, spawn, wood chips and coffee grounds may have added value. Bring your questions and grow with us.

 

Thursday, March 8th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Savvy Gardening
Lynne Holland shares how to make the most of your growing space, despite any limitations. Do you have limited time, mobility, budget, or motivation to weed? You can still enjoy fantastic produce. Learn the most effective tricks from an expert with garden wisdom. Bring your questions and grow with us.

 

Monday, March 12, 12- 1:30 PM
Garden Crafts
Hazel Onsrud – Curtis Memorial Library
Join us as we explore the wealth of garden crafts you can do any time of year while waiting for the ground to soften. Have you always wondered how people make those mosaic benches, hammocks or potato baskets? What about DIY trellises, macramé netting, bird houses? We’ll show you the thrifty tricks and instructions that will allow you to work on your garden year-round.

 

Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30 – 8PM
Aquaponics at Home
Join Stan Wakely from the Urban Garden Center in Topsham for a fun evening learning how to construct your very own aquaponics set-up. Come away with knowledge on how build a home-scale system that meets your unique needs. Should you choose LEDs, cloth, and coir, or use T5s, pots, and stones? Do you need a lot of space or would a corner of the basement work? There will be plenty of opportunities to have questions like these answered by our local expert.

 

Wednesday, March 14th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Edible Container Gardens
Joanne Suley – Community Member
Learn how to create productive gardens with little space. Grow your own food in a variety of versatile containers using the right types of plants, the correct pots and targeted supports. Want more than food from your potted space? Learn how some container plants can glow under the moon, create a mood with color, or use height, width, and depth for visual interest.

 

Tuesday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Four-Season Gardening
Join us as learn from University of Maine Cooperative Extension how to enjoy our gardens all year round. What do we need to know about hoop houses, indoor growing, rocket stoves and straw bale caves? What kinds of annuals and perennials can we grow now, and how can we expect that list to change over the coming years. Come and ask questions with us.

 
Thursday, March 29th, 6-8:30

Beekeeping & Pollinators

Cindy Jester—Gardening Green

FAQs with Mike McNally—Sagadahoc Beekeepers Association

Find out why pollinators are failing to thrive. Experienced gardeners and beekeepers will answer your questions on supportive seasonal activities for native pollinators. Learn what you can do to support our pollinators and reap rewards. We’ll also explore basic start-up requirements if you want to begin to keep one of our more popular imported pollinators: the honeybee. Bring your questions and grow with us.

 

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2019 Series

Excited for next year?

Volunteer to speak, or suggest topics now by emailing honsrud@curtislibrary.com. THANK YOU!

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2017 Series

THANK YOU

TO ALL OF THE 2017 PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES for a wonderful series.

What to continue the conversation?

Please join a group of us at a biweekly Garden Chat. The group  will be member led and discuss a range of topics (permaculture, foraging, gardening, DIY culture etc.) and experiments. Please join us!

Join us for a series of afternoon and evening lectures meant to help anyone turn their yard into an edible paradise. Learn to decorate your front lawn with edible ornamentals, turn your backyard into a living kitchen pantry, or grow your own medicine. Beginner gardeners can benefit from talks on vegetable gardening strategies, while experts at small-scale growing can expand their skills with knowledge of perennial fruits and vegetables. All can explore gardening beyond traditional crops with the series’ lectures on how novices can care for bees, mushrooms and livestock.

Eat Our Yards: March 1st – April 15th

Handouts left by presenters can be found at Curtis Memorial Library across from the circulation desk, in the shelves underneath the bulletin boards.

Schedule

March 1st, Wednesday 6:30 – 8 PM
Guidance on Town Zoning for Animals and Pest-free Yards (Including Browntail Moths)
Heidi Nelson – Brunswick Animal Control
Mary Ann Nahf – Harpswell Conservation Commission

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March 3rd, Friday, 12 – 1:30 PM
Vegetable Gardening in Maine
David Elliott—Master Gardener and Instructor for Landscape for Life

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March 8th, Wednesday, 12 – 1 :30 PM
Citrus Trees and Indoor Food Gardening
Joanne Suley – Skillins Greenhouses

March 13th, Monday, 12 – 1 :30 PM
Home-scale Dairy and Chickens
Laura Grady – Two Coves Farm

March 21st, Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 PM
A Medicinal Garden in Your Yard
Katie Munn – Anchor Rose Apothecary

March 23rd, Thursday, 6:30 – 8 PM
Perennial Vegetables for Maine
Aaron Parker – Edgewood Nursery

March 29th, Wednesday, 12 – 1:30 PM
Backyard Bees
Mike McNally – Cumberland and Sagadahoc Beekeepers Associations

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March 29th, Wednesday, 6:30 – 8 PM
Planning a Garden for Preserving
Kate McCarty – University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Winter [or early spring] is the perfect time to plan your garden with growing food for preserving in mind. Come learn from Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener, how to plant a preserving garden. Participants will learn the best produce varieties for canning, how much to plant for your household size, and other tips to maximize yield and overall garden health.

March 30th, Thursday, 6:30 – 8 PM
Grow Your Own Mushrooms
Ben Whatley – Whatley Farm

There are many ways to grow your own mushrooms at home, and in this talk local farmer Ben Whatley will focus on growing shiitake mushrooms outdoors on hardwood logs.

Anyone with a shady spot in their backyard can grow shiitakes, and wait until you taste the difference between home-grown and imported!

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March 31st, Friday, 12 – 1:30 PM
Edible Ornamentals
Lisa Fernandez – The Resilience Hub

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April 3rd, Monday, 12 – 1:30 PM
Types of Gardens and Library Resources
Hazel Onsrud – Curtis Memorial Library

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April 5th, Wednesday, 6:30 – 8 PM
Transform Your Community: Permablitz!
Heather Foran – The Resilience Hub

Learn how to organize a successful permablitz, barn-raising for resilience and sustainability!

 

THANK YOU

TO ALL OF THE PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES for a wonderful series.

What to continue the conversation?

Please join a group of us at a biweekly Garden Chat. The group  will be member led and discuss a range of topics (permaculture, foraging, gardening, DIY culture etc.) and experiments. Please join us!

Excited for next year?

Volunteer to speak, or suggest topics now by emailing honsrud@curtislibrary.com. THANK YOU!

 

Help us spread the word!

Please feel free to share our press release, put up our big poster, distribute our small posters.

You can also stop by the Library Reference Desk to pick up a printed copy (or several) for distribution.

Our room can hold plenty of participants, so bring a friend. If this series is a hit, we would love partner with other organizations to host further lectures and more hands-on workshops. Show up and let us know your ideas! Can’t make one of these talks? Check out our forthcoming DIY blog post for helpful notes and gardening tips.

 

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