The Master Gardeners at Brae Maple Farm in Union invite the public to visit their demonstration garden on open farm day, Sunday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grown using organic methods, the demonstration vegetable garden includes raised beds, “lasagna” (layered) beds and open beds, and employs different mulching techniques. All the vegetables grown are donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties in coordination with the national Plant a Row for the Hungry Program.

Other ongoing projects include an early 20th century period garden, a medicine wheel garden honoring Native American traditions, a three sisters garden in which corn, pole beans and squash are interspersed, and a flower garden featuring flowers for making dyes and drying.

Families may enjoy the many activities on open farm day, a craft table for making fairies and fairy houses, wool spinning and needle felting demonstrations, and a bee keeping display by the Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers Association. Herbal refreshments will be served and a local artist will be painting throughout the day.

Master Gardener volunteers will present talks on topics such as growing tomatoes, lasagna (layered) gardening, and plants used for dyeing and drying. Different composting methods will be on display, as well as a rainwater collection system used for watering the gardens. In addition, Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer visitors’ gardening questions.

Brae Maple Farm provides land and support for the Master Gardener project. Brae Maple is a MOFGA certified organic vegetable farm, which also raises herbs and flowers, as well as Scottish highland cattle, donkeys and sheep. To reach Brae Maple, take Route 17 to Union and turn onto North Union Road. Brae Maple is the first farm on the right.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener volunteer program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.