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* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm from Mon-Thu, but please call ahead to be sure!

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

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    School Garden Project

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District can help your school develop a garden project!

    As a member of the Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) Board of Directors, our goal is to further the MSGN mission:

    • To promote and support educational gardens for youth and 
    • To encourage school programs that teach healthy eating and environmental stewardship.

    Thomaston Grammar School Common Ground Garden adds outdoor classroom (photo: Beth Birmingham) For information on how we can assist with your school garden project:

    Contact Rebecca Jacobs at 596-2040 or rebecca@knox-lincoln.org
    or
    Fill out the online form below.

    School Garden resources & news:

    Maine School Garden Network
    Maine Ag in the Classroom

    Happy gardening!

    Why make the effort to have a garden project at your school?

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    • School gardens are the ultimate hands-on, interactive, kinesthetic, multisensory, holistic curriculum unit!
    • Gardening enriches every subject area, from art to social studies, including special ed classes.
    • Students who participate in garden projects at their school show increased academic performance.
    • Children who learn to grow their own food make healthier choices about what to eat.
    • Gardens teach cooperation, responsibility and patience, and increase self-esteem.
    • Gardens offer a unique way to integrate the greater community into school activities, and also provide a perfect opportunity for community service projects.
    • A garden promotes family awareness of and involvement in school activities.
    • Gardens beautify the school and instill pride in students, teachers and school staff.
    • Gardening provides opportunity and meaningful activity for working with "at risk" students.
    • Working in and studying a garden exposes children to career paths in agriculture.
    • School gardens can provide the basis for an income-producing business for students.
    • Most importantly, learning in a school garden teaches children the fundamentals of three critically important issues: 
      • Nutrition- healthful food, the importance of fresh vegetables and fruit, opening to new food experiences, learning to cook; 
      • Agriculture- understanding where our food comes from, the knowledge to grow their own, the importance of local farms, agricultural and cultural history; 
      • Outdoor activity- fresh air and physical work, exposure to the natural habitat of a garden, environmental awareness and appreciation.
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      Find out about local school garden projects:

      Herring Gut Learning Center, Pt Clyde
      Islesboro Central School
      , Islesboro
      Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro
      Thomaston Grammar School, Thomaston
      Troy Howard Middle School
      ,
        Belfast
      Wiscasset Primary School,
       Wiscasset

     

     

     

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