Maine School Garden Day 2016
The 2016 Annual Maine School Garden Day will be hosted by the Albert S. Hall School, 27 Pleasant Street in Waterville on May 7th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The Albert S. Hall School is located in the heart of downtown and that has caused many gardening challenges for them over the years. But the school staff, including garden advisor and 5th grade teacher Mary Dunn, have remained determined to make the gardening program succeed. That determination has paid off! This small school, right in the center of the city of Waterville, is almost completely surrounded by asphalt. There is no long driveway flanked by green lawns, like many of the other schools across our state. Mary and the ASH School Garden Club have found creative ways to use they space they have wisely included gardening in raised beds, in containers, and under indoor grow lights.
Last year students planted and grew 100 onions in a raised bed to donate to the local homeless shelter and their school cafeteria when the onions all disappeared! Since over 60% of the Hall School students receive free and reduced lunch they were very disappointed. Responding to an article in the local paper that went viral on the internet, over 1,000 pounds of onions were donated to the program from as far away as Washington State, including spring sets from a very generous New York onion farmer to re-plant the following season.
Albert S Hall School is excited to share their program and help other schools experience the creative ways their garden has found a place in the heart of their community, as well as the teachers, the curriculum specialists and most of all THE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!