Off Campus Event: EAT OUR YARDS “Food for Thought to Plant your Plot”

EAT OUR YARDS lecture series, March 2018
Morrell Meeting Room
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine

“Food for Thought to Plant Your Plot”

Join us for a series of afternoon and evening lectures meant to help anyone turn their yard into an edible paradise. Beginner gardeners can benefit from talks on savvy vegetable   gardening strategies, while experts at small-scale growing can expand their skills with knowledge of perennials and aquaponics. All can explore gardening beyond traditional crops with the series’ lectures on how novices can grow mushrooms and raise edible insects.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30 – 8PM
Part of the EAT OUR YARDS lecture series
Edible Insects: Bill Broadbent, Entosense

What insects could you grow or gather? Insects are a diverse and valuable source of green protein. Entosense will share how they make bugs tasty for humans, and how you can start to diversify your diet. Not sure you want to feed yourselves the ones in your yard? Come learn how to thriftily green your pet’s protein sources. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30 – 8 PM
Mushrooms at Home: Mike McNally, local mushroom enthusiast 

If you’ve only ever eaten mushrooms, but are interested in growing them, come to this unique talk. Mike McNally, mushroom enthusiast and member of the Maine Mycological Association, will be speaking about the many types of mushrooms you can grow at home with very little effort, and why you may want to do so. Did you know mushrooms can bolster the immune systems of pollinators, be a human medicinal supplements, and increase your garden yields? We hear they’re also tasty. Learn how logs, spawn, wood chips and coffee grounds may have added value. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Thursday, March 8th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Savvy Gardening: Lynne Holland, Master Gardener Volunteer

Lynne Holland shares how to make the most of your growing space, despite any limitations. Do you have limited time, mobility, budget, or motivation to weed? You can still enjoy fantastic produce. Learn the most effective tricks from an expert with garden wisdom. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Monday, March 12, 12- 1:30 PM
Garden Crafts: Hazel Onsrud – Curtis Memorial Library

Join us as we explore the wealth of garden crafts you can do any time of year while waiting for the ground to soften. Have you always wondered how people make those mosaic benches, hammocks or potato baskets? What about DIY trellises, macramé netting, bird houses? We’ll show you the thrifty tricks and instructions that will allow you to work on your garden year-round.

Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30 – 8PM
Aquaponics at Home: Stan Wakely – Urban Garden Center Topsham

Join Stan Wakely from the Urban Garden Center in Topsham for a fun evening learning how to construct your very own aquaponics set-up. Come away with knowledge on how build a home-scale system that meets your unique needs. Should you choose LEDs, cloth, and coir, or use T5s, pots, and stones? Do you need a lot of space or would a corner of the basement work? There will be plenty of opportunities to have questions like these answered by our local expert.

Wednesday, March 14th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Edible Container Gardens: Joanne Suley – Community Member

Learn how to create productive gardens with little space. Grow your own food in a variety of versatile containers using the right types of plants, the correct pots and targeted supports. Want more than food from your potted space? Learn how some container plants can glow under the moon, create a mood with color, or use height, width, and depth for visual interest.

Tuesday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Four-Season Gardening
University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Join us as learn from University of Maine Cooperative Extension how to enjoy our gardens all year round. What do we need to know about hoop houses, indoor growing, rocket stoves and straw bale caves? What kinds of annuals and perennials can we grow now, and how can we expect that list to change over the coming years. Come and ask questions with us.

Thursday, March 29th, 6-8:30
Beekeeping & Pollinators: Cindy Jester—Gardening Green
FAQs with Mike McNally—Sagadahoc Beekeepers Association

Find out why pollinators are failing to thrive. Experienced gardeners and beekeepers will answer your questions on supportive seasonal activities for native pollinators. Learn what you can do to support our pollinators and reap rewards. We’ll also explore basic start-up requirements if you want to begin to keep one of our more popular imported pollinators: the honeybee. Bring your questions and grow with us.

For more information:

Hazel Onsrud

Adult Services Librarian
Curtis Memorial Library        (207)  725-5242 x 228
23 Pleasant Street     
Brunswick, ME 04011