Extension Office Landscape, Hoop House and HCTC Veggie Garden
Volunteers will plant, tend and harvest vegetable crops in eleven raised beds, three of which are in a hoop house. Harvests will be used by Extension Eat Well Volunteers who teach nutrition and cooking lessons in food pantries. In late summer, you will sow cover crops and plant garlic in outdoor beds, and winter greens in the hoop house. You will also care for plantings of raspberries, highbush blueberries and grapes. You will learn about soil testing and preparation, intensive spacing in vegetable production, pruning, fertilizing and maintaining small fruit plantings, cover cropping, drip irrigation and tool maintenance.
Volunteers will also renovate the neglected vegetable garden at the Hancock County Technical Center vegetable garden (1/4 mile up the road from Extension office), where we will grow vegetables for Maine Harvest for Hunger.
In terms of ornamental gardening, volunteers will care for native shrubs, small trees and flowering perennials in the Extension landscape. We will dig, divide and pot up perennials from the landscape for our spring plant sale. Members of this team are asked to participate in work sessions every Friday (May through October) from 8:30 – 11:30 am or 1 – 3:30 pm.