Learn to grow food as a family
Rockport — A series of six once a month “hands on” gardening classes known as the Kids Can Grow program will begin Wednesday, April 30 in the community garden at the Erickson Fields Preserve located on Route 90 in Rockport.
The program is for youth ages 6-12 years old and a family member or caretaker, and provides an introduction for kids and families to grow vegetables for healthy eating using the square-foot gardening method. Registration is open now for up to 10 families.
Not only do families gather once a month at Erickson Fields Preserve for the program, but families also receive the materials to build a raised garden bed at home, and a monthly home visit is included from an experienced garden mentor to assist and inspire. Kids and adults learn the basics together in fun group sessions at the preserve’s gardens, then practice their skills in their own 3-foot-by-5-foot raised bed gardens at home. The group garden produce will be donated to the local food pantry as part of the Maine Harvest for Hunger program or used by the participating families.
The first session is on Wednesday, April 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will take place at Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Avenue Rockport. Subsequent monthly sessions are held on the last Wednesday of each month through September at the Erickson Fields Preserve. Please call 236-2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at Aldermere Farm to register.