A Day in the Gardens Aug. 25
Brooks — The Brooks Park Boosters will host A Day in the Gardens, a free, family-friendly day of hands-on gardening workshops in the Brooks Community Park on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Everyone is invited to attend one, two, or all three workshops, and to join in the potluck picnic at noon (bring a dish or dessert to share).
Beginning at 10 a.m., Lauren Errickson, co-owner of Singing Nettle Farm in Brooks, will offer an Herbs for Food and Medicine class, during which participants will learn how to safely and effectively use many common herbs of Maine's gardens, fields, and forests. Errickson will discuss the identification, harvest, and preparation of herbs found on a walk through the park's fields and developing gardens, and participants will learn basic herb growing techniques in a hands-on gardening demonstration.
Composting can be a clean, easy, and effective way to transform kitchen, yard, and garden waste into the very best (not to mention free!) plant food. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Composting for Farm and Garden with Bill Errickson of Singing Nettle Farm will offer workshop participants the chance to build a simple compost bin while discussing bin location, materials to compost, as well as the biology, micronutrients, and minerals necessary for great compost.
From 3 to 5 p.m., the Ericcksons will collaborate to offer Caring for your Fruit Trees, a hands-on, working tour of the developing Brooks Community Park Orchard. Participants will learn how to care for a variety of fruit trees suited to the Waldo County climate, while discussing species and variety selection for maximum fruit production, encouraging pollinators, mulching and feeding fruit trees, and more.
This event is sponsored by the Brooks Park Boosters with a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, contact Lauren Errickson at 505-0763 or email@example.com.