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Eat Our Yards: March 1st – April 15th

Food for Thought to Plant Your Plot


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.

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

This program is FREE and open to the public. Handouts left by presenters can be found at Curtis Memorial Library across from the circulation desk, in the shelves underneath the bulletin boards.


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

Resources mentioned include:

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

Resources mentioned include:

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

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!


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

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.