Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden
A shade structure will offer a comfortable area to host school field trips, workshops and group tours as well as provide space for individual visitors and volunteers to rest in the shade while visiting the demonstration garden. UMaine Engineering students have created a design and installed the first phase of the shade structure as part of their senior capstone experience. With additional funding, we aim to collaborate with the engineering team to continue expanding the structure to the full footprint in 2023. Please consider supporting this important addition to our outdoor horticultural classroom by making a donation.
The demonstration garden at Rogers Farm is a showcase for creative theme gardens, unique plant varieties, innovative designs, and prolific vegetable gardens. Planned, planted, and maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers since 1994, the intent is to demonstrate proper gardening practices and inspire both the novice and seasoned gardener. The gardens are located at 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town and are open to the public between dawn and dusk, 7 days a week.
Educational programs are hosted in the garden throughout the growing season and groups are encouraged to schedule tours. For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Kate Garland by calling 207.942.7396 or email email@example.com.
Spring Garden Gathering – May 24, 6-7pm
Area gardeners are invited to drop in during this family-friendly open-house event to learn more about plans for the various plots and upcoming programs in the demonstration garden. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer gardening questions. There will be live music and light refreshments. Free plants and seedlings will be available first come, first served. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required.
Farm-to-Table Camp – August 1-5, 2022 7:45-noon Registration closed
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and 4-H staff, along with chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, are pleased to announce a Farm to Table Summer Camp at Rogers Farm the week of Aug. 1, 2022.
Youth ages 9-12 will be involved in all aspects of growing, harvesting and preparing food and flowers. Our new farmers will sow seeds, care for crops, harvest cut flowers, save seeds, pick produce, and learn how to manage pests and diseases in the garden. Additionally, the group will help create a collaborative art installation at the farm. The week of gardening will culminate in a morning focused on developing culinary skills with chef Dumas, who previously served as a chef in the White House for four years. Developing basic food preparation skills, an understanding of food safety and fostering a love of healthy and delicious foods are the goals for the culinary portion of this summer camp.
The half-day camp will be held from 7:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-4 at Rogers Farm in Stillwater and 7:45 a.m. to noon on the UMaine campus in Orono on Aug. 5. The $50 camp fee includes all materials and a mid-morning snack. Limited financial assistance is available upon request. Registration has closed.
Garden-to-Table Workshop: celebrating the early summer harvest – June 27, 5-7pm
Chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and UMaine Food Systems Program Assistant Laurie Bowen are pleased to announce a Garden-to-Table workshop happening on June 27, 5-7 p.m.
Seasonal gardening experiences will be paired with culinary instruction in this unique hands-on workshop. The workshop will begin at Rogers Farm where participants will learn how to grow and harvest early season produce. In addition to broadening horticultural horizons beyond standard spinach, lettuce and radish varieties, we’ll discuss and demonstrate planting timelines, spacing, pest management, when to harvest and strategies for harvesting. Then, participants will take a short drive to the UMaine campus to develop culinary skills with chef Dumas, who previously served as a chef in the White House for four years. Dumas will introduce the science of making emulsions and guide participants in making delicious creations using scapes and chives. Rhubarb, our beloved perennial Maine favorite, will be on the dessert menu.
This workshop will start at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town. The workshop fee is on a sliding scale where you can select the payment amount that works best for your budget. All materials and a light meal will be provided. Registration has closed.
Garden-to-Table Workshop: pasta three ways lunch-and-learn
August 17, 11am-1pm
This event will kick off in the garden with demonstrations and growing tips for some of our seasonal favorites including tomatoes, herbs and onions. With the harvest in hand, participants travel to the UMaine campus to help prepare and enjoy three different pasta dishes using freshly harvested produce. Rob Dumas, UMaine food science innovation coordinator and certified executive chef and Laurie Bowen, Extension community education assistant will lead the workshop.
The sliding scale $0–$45 fee includes all materials and a light meal. Registration has closed.
Open House – every Tuesday July-August, 5:30pm-7pmVisitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens while volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions.
These free in-person open house events will be held outside, drizzle or shine. No registration required. In the event of inclement weather, visitors are encouraged to come back the following Tuesday. Additionally, people may drop in anytime during daylight hours for a self-guided visit. Staff or volunteers may not be available for questions on times other than Tuesday evening.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program will host its annual field day 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Rogers Farm demonstration garden, 914 Bennoch Road, Old Town. All activities will be held outdoors.
Workshops and demonstrations in the “Let’s Eat!” field day include “Farm Flatbreads” with Rob Dumas, University of Maine food science innovation coordinator and certified executive chef; and Nick Rimsa of The Good Crust, a Maine-based company using only Maine-grown grains in their dough. Laurie Bowen, UMaine Extension community education assistant will share food preservation tips and answer questions about certifying home gardens as ‘pollinator-friendly’ with Extension.
Youth up to 12 years old can register for a 1K Harvest Fun Run through farm fields next to the demonstration garden. This family-friendly event also includes children’s activities, food samples, and information on pollinator-friendly gardening, soil testing, and backyard wildlife.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the fun run only. In the event of inclement weather, check the website for updates or cancellations.
Click here to register for fun run. Registration has closed.
- 914 Bennoch Road, Old Town, Maine 04468
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We gratefully acknowledge the following supporters for making the season a success:
- Maine Agriculture & Forest Experiment Station
- Master Gardener Volunteers of Penobscot County
For more information on visiting, learning, or volunteering at the garden or to request an accommodation, please contact Kate Garland firstname.lastname@example.org 207.942.7396.