Kate Garland helps gardeners improve efficiency and build horticultural skills through a number of educational avenues including workshops, newsletters, social media posts, and one-on-one support. Additionally, Kate works with school and community gardens to develop plans that will build sustainability and improve community impact. The Master Gardener Volunteer program she coordinates, trains civic-minded gardeners to help with much of this community and individual gardener support. Through this program, participants receive over 50 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture and, in return, they volunteer their time and expertise towards educational or food security projects.
Kate’s work also involves supporting and coordinating a team of Maine Harvest for Hunger volunteers who are growing, gleaning and distributing thousands of pounds of food annually to shelters, pantries, and individuals struggling with food insecurity in and around Penobscot County. This involves collaborating with community partners to assess needs and assets to build the most efficient system for addressing hunger.
- B.A. Botany, University of Maine, 2001
- M.S. Horticulture, University of Maine, 2009
- Maine Pesticide Applicator License