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IEM Garden Workshops and Tours

Families are welcome!  All workshops are FREE, but registration is required. Register below or leave a message at 546-7677.


Gardening 101: Getting Started

March 16 from 9-11 am at the WHRL with Janis Lesbines
(snow date march 17th from 1-3 pm)

Have you ever wanted to start a garden, but didn’t know where to start? This workshop is for you! Topics will include: choosing the best spot in your yard, building healthy soil, seed selection, starting seeds, proper spacing of your plants, companion planting, and pollinators. If you’d like to start a little garden plot in your yard, come get the inside scoop.


Planning your Medicine Garden

May 11 from 9-11 am at Mano en Mano With Jody Mountcastle

Information will be shared about preindustrial medicine/medicine plants that grown well in our bioregion.  Participants will learn how to plan to cultivate micro medicine gardens, such as container gardens as well as planning larger projects such as homestead/cottage gardens with a focus on thinking about medicine in the landscape and the wise use of gardening for health the theme.


Family Gardening Workshop – Create Your Own Container Garden

May 18 from 9 – 11am at the pick-your-own garden at the Red Barn Motel with Pam Dyer Stewart and Juana Rodriguez

Back by popular demand! Bring the whole family or come by yourself. We will plant a container garden for you to take home and we’ll talk about healthy soil, seeds and seedlings, and how to care for them all summer.  You will have fresh organic vegetables to eat out of your own mini-garden. A great family project! Afterwards we will tour the pick-your-own garden at the Red Barn Motel.


Get Those Gardening Gloves On!

June 8 from 9-11 am at the Pick-Your-Own Garden at the Red Barn with Zabet NeuCollins

In the last workshop, you worked on planning your perfect garden: now it’s time to plant it! Join IEM gardener Zabet NeuCollins to learn about prepping your garden bed, composting, different trellising techniques, watering do’s and don’ts, weed management, and more! This is a hands-on workshop: participants will plant favorites such as cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans. Expect to expand your knowledge of plants and techniques while getting your hands dirty!


Letting Nature Do (most of) the Work

July 13 from 9-11 am with Leonore Hildebrandt
at Leonore’s Home,  44 Herron Cove Rd., Harrington ME 

Some of us used to work hard in the garden: spade the ground, hoe and weed the soil, and then water seedlings and plants. The compost that we added would quickly disappear from the soil. (And our backs would ache.) Now we are finding that less is more––as long as we work in accordance with natural processes. Rotating crops, mulching, and planting cover crops will keep the garden’s soil loose, moist, and fertile. Pollinators and other helpful critters can be encouraged. We can be alert to weather conditions to avoid doing harm in the garden. In this workshop we will discuss ways to maximize our efforts in growing food, and then tour Leonore’s beautiful vegetable garden. Please bring your own tricks of the trade for a lively exchange!


Tips & Tricks For Your Fall Garden

New Date: July 20 from 9 – 11 at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park with Michael Hayden

It may be hot now, but how can you keep those vegetables coming right into the Fall? In this workshop, Michael will help you choose varieties that will be happy in the cool weather– he’ll share techniques he learned over the years on how best to plant them, care for them, and harvest them. Plus, you’ll go home with a variety of seeds.


Family Gardening Workshop: Composting with Worms

October 5th, 1 – 3pm with Jock Robie at the WHRL

Join Jock Robie, infamous worm-enthusiast, for a fascinating hands-on workshop on vermi-composting. Vermi-composting is a simple and efficient way to compost food, especially for people who live in a small space or would like to compost throughout the winter. Families are encouraged to take this workshop: children of all ages are fascinated by worms! Please note that the free compost bins have all be claimed!



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