School garden programs discussed at Merryspring

Apr 20, 2013

Rockport — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator Ellie Libby will lead a presentation on regional school garden programs and their impact on the local food movement at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, April 30, at noon.

In addition to being the perfect setting for learning about growing, harvesting, and cooking local food, school gardens are a fun, interactive way to promote healthy eating habits and greater scientific concepts. Libby will present a colorful slideshow that will highlight efforts to bring children to these outdoor classrooms in school districts in the Midcoast region, and show how the gardens influence their school food programs and surrounding communities.

Libby is an Extension educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Her work is focused on 4-H Youth Development, School Gardening and Farm to School programming on local, regional and national levels. She is also a host site supervisor for FoodCorps in Maine and a board member of numerous school garden education groups across the state.

This lecture is part of the Spring Talk Series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at






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