NEA Big Read: Ellsworth

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NEA Big Read: Ellsworth was a series of community events inspired by a book. The book for 2020 was a memoir by Hope Jahren, called “Lab Girl”. Hope is a geobiologist who believes that anyone can be a scientist: all you need is curiosity and a willingness to experiment. Ellsworth Public Library organized a series of events that honored this belief, whether it be a Women in Science panel discussion, a pumpkin decorating contest, a keynote speech on “Wicked Plants” by Amy Stewart, spooky programs hosted by the Grand Theater, or fun activities for youth by yours truly, Hancock County 4-H!  Check out the following activities  Hancock County 4-H produced during NEA Big Read: Ellsworth.


Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

Growing Guides

University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Highmoor Farm Pumpkin Varieties

Cornell Cooperative Extension: Growing Pumpkins Guide

Ohio State University Cooperative Extension: Growing Giant Pumpkins in the Home Garden




Grow Your Own Garlic Kit

Harvested garlic bulbs gathered in a pile

Update 10/15: All the garlic kits are reserved! Please check out the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Bulletin #2063 if you would like instructions on how to grow garlic.

Did you know that garlic is extremely healthy for you? Along with giving you deliciously aromatic breath, it can help reduce your blood pressure. If you’re interested in learning how to grow garlic and/or garlic greens, sign up for a kit today! Each kit will include garlic cloves, instructions on how to plant garlic (for garlic heads OR for garlic greens), a plastic container, and some potting soil.