Join families from Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage as they plant a magical children’s garden, including everything from sunflowers to squash. Kids and families will learn how to use the “sheet mulching” method under the guidance of Cohousing mom and permaculture enthusiast Joline Blais. This event will take place Sunday, June 13, from 2-4 p.m. at the site of their future neighborhood, 45 Edgecomb Road in Belfast, and is free and open to children and adults of all ages.

Also at this gathering, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage welcomes little gardeners and their families to learn more about its multi-generational Cohousing community: tour the Ecovillage site, meet kids and adults from the community and visit the energy-efficient prototype house. Members of the community will be available to share their experience of developing this community and share their views on the many bonuses of living in a supportive, family-centered neighborhood.

Located in Midcoast Maine, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage has room for a few more families. This community of 36 households expects to break ground this summer to build an old-fashioned neighborhood of tightly clustered houses on five of their 30 acres surrounded by rolling farmland two miles from downtown Belfast. Residents will own their own homes and share with their neighbors a barn, wood shop, and large common house.

The common house accommodates overnight guests, children’s play space, optional community meals, celebrations and organically-grown provisions. The community’s mission is to be an environmentally sustainable, affordable, multi-generational cohousing community that includes land reserved for agricultural use and open space and is an innovative housing model for rural Maine.

On the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 p.m., the community holds free family-friendly events open to the public at the temporary common house — a farmhouse on neighboring land. For more information call 338-9200 or visit mainecohousing.