Calling all school garden coordinators, supporters and teachers to a two-day workshop on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

This educational event is geared toward kindergarten to 12th-grade educators who want to learn more about starting or keeping a thriving school garden. If interested in joining for one of the intensives, please register early as space is limited to 20 participants.

On Friday, May 9 participants will be able to choose from two intensive day-long sessions. Session one will be a Heritage Seed Saving Intensive with Neil Lash. Lash will cover basic to advanced seed saving for educators using multiple resources and websites, including the heirloom gardens. The Heirloom Seed Project is an experiential learning class in which emphasis is placed on saving the genetic diversity of historical and rare seeds. Since 1900 more than 100 percent of the named varieties of vegetables have been lost; this program works to reverse that trend by involving students in historic and genetic preservation.

For beginning school gardens, a second intensive will be offered on The ABC's of Starting a School Garden with Ellie Libby & guests. This session will explore the basic process of starting an educational garden using in part, the School Garden 101 curricula developed by Marjorie Peronto from Hancock County Cooperative Extension. This training is perfect for educators and volunteers that are interested in starting a new educational garden or taking over an established project.

On Saturday, May 10 there will be a full day of workshops with a large variety of topics to appeal to all school gardeners. Maine School Garden Day 2014 will be held at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Neil Lash, the MVHS students and FoodCorp Service Member, Genna Cherichello will lead garden, greenhouse and seed saving facility tours. Workshops and presentations will include bee keeping, grant writing, garden design, cooking with kids, permaculture and more! After lunchtime a panel of the 2013 MAITC Garden/Greenhouse Grant winners will present their programs.

Please visit Maine Ag in the Classroom to register: agclassroom.org/me/programs/garden_day.htm. All participants will receive Certificates for contact hours or Continuing Education Units.

For questions about costs, please contact Maine Ag in the Classroom at 287-5522 or maitc@maine.gov.