Gardening Course for K-12 School Staff Offered in Cherryfield

School Garden 101, a four-session course for K-12 school staff, will beheld at Cherryfield Elementary School, 85 School St., April 13, 15, 27 and 29, 3-5:30 p.m.The course is designed for teachers, aides, cooks, health coordinators and other staff who want to create a school garden and integrate it with classrooms and the cafeteria.

Participants will learn basic gardening skills, how to plan and document a school garden layout, and how to start a school garden. Topics include composting, soil health, growing seedlings, garden planning, insects and diseases.The sessions provide time and tools for school teams to plan and network. Course organizers recommend that at least two employees from each participating school attend.

The course fee is $25 per person; registration deadline is April 6. To register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 28 Center Street, Machias, or call 800.287.1542 or email

School Garden 101 is a collaborative effort between UMaine Extension and Downeast Farm to School, a program of Healthy Acadia, working in partnership with Washington County: One Community, both Healthy Maine Partnerships.