Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will sponsor a statewide educational event — Grow Your Own Organic Garden — at more than 30 different locations in Maine on Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The workshops are open to the public, and are designed to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge needed to make a transition from conventional to organic gardening.

Participants will acquire an understanding of:

* the basics of soil science, and how to enrich soil to produce healthy, high yielding plants

* composting methods

* the principles of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures, and manage nutrients in the garden

* the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, and basic weed control strategies, and

* common insect pests and methods of natural insect control

The presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners from around Maine.

All participants will receive a resource packet and free organic seed.
Towns, sponsoring regional offices, and instructors are as follows:

* Bucksport – Bucksport Adult & Community Education, 469-2129, Instructor: Paul Volckhausen

* Hampden – MSAD 22 Adult Education, 862-6422, Instructor: Christine and Paul Lipsky

* Monroe – Town Hall, 568-4142, Instructor: Joan Cheetham

* Newport – Newport Cultural Center, 368-5074, Instructor: Tom Roberts

* Rockport – Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education, 236-7800 ext 274, Instructors: Diane Schivera, Beedy Parker and Rosey Guest

* Thorndike – MSAD 3 Adult & Community Education Program, 568-3426, Instructor: Holli Cederholm and Brian St. Laurent

Other Dates and Locations:

* April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Belfast at Belfast Free Library, 338-3884, ext 10, Instructor: CJ Walke

Most locations will charge a $5 materials fee to cover the cost of handouts provided.