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UMM Organic Gardens Sow It Forward

May 20, 2013
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Looks like we'll be rained out of planting in the University of Maine at Machias gardens for the next few days but at least it will give a chance to build the trellises for the rapidly growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. Thanks to the grant from KGI we've been able to purchase extra tools and hoses, and a heavy duty wagon that has already been put to good use hauling compost mulch and wayward students around campus. Students from the Environmental Studies program have started many of the seeds from the amazing collection provided by The Ark Institute in their Food Production class as well as planting a perennial food garden and preparing the soil in our two garden plots. Groups from local schools will be visiting and planting over the next few weeks and many of our summer campers will be tending the plants later on. We've been able to "sow it forward" already and intstead of selling our surplus seedling ourselves we'll be donating some tomato plants and flowers to a local land trust for their annual fund raising plant sale.

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