We’re excited to announce the line-up for the 2024 Winter Garden Workshop series: Growing Literacy! Every year, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust offers this series of events to engage with the community, support the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, and offer skill-building exercises for gardeners of all abilities. These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to learn from master gardeners and experts on a variety of gardening subjects. This year we are excited to host six workshops in collaboration with Growing to Give and Curtis Memorial Library. Bring your curiosity, questions, and join us!

Thank you to Camden National Bank for sponsoring this series! 

Working with Acorns

This will be a class and demonstration on how to gather and process acorns for food. Learn about various methods for gathering, storing and processing them, and how to make food products from them. This workshop is led by Tim Holland, a musician, podcaster, permaculturist and chef that runs Midcoast Vegan in Brunswick.

Sunday January 21st | 3:00-4:30pm | Curtis Memorial Library

To view the recording of the event, click here.

Not just the Honeybee: Native Pollinators & Native Plants in Your Garden

Pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem, and we all have the opportunity to make more pollinator-friendly habitats, right in our own gardens. Join Emily Baisden from the Wild Seed Project virtually to learn about the diversity of native pollinators we can find in our backyards and the plants we can grow to encourage this diversity. Ellen Maling, Barbara Murphy, and Joan Carney will join as a panel of pollinator enthusiasts from the Tom Settlemire Community Garden to share their efforts to create habitats for native pollinators at the Community Garden and teach you how you can get involved!

Sunday January 28th | 3:00-4:30pm | Virtual

To view the recording of the event, click here.

Invasive Jumping Worms 101: A Community Conversation

Have burning questions about the invasive jumping worms we are finding wiggling around in our gardens? Join Maine State Horticulturist Gary Fish to learn more about the invasive ‘jumping worm’ in our forests and gardens. This informative presentation will cover the presence of jumping worms in Maine which will be followed by a community conversation. Don’t worry, there will be time for questions too!

Sunday February 4th | 3:00-4:30pm | Curtis Memorial Library

To view the recording of the event, click here.

Processing Elderberries

We have all grown to love blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, but what about elderberries? Join us for a hands-on demonstration on how to make elderberry syrup with Becky Alden Vail, Community Herbalist of Herbage by Bex. This workshop will cover the process of how to turn this incredible berry into a delicious, healing, and long-lasting syrup. Bring your questions and be ready to get messy!

Sunday February 11th | 3:00-4:30pm | Curtis Memorial Library

To view the recording of the event, click here.

DIY Resilient Yard

Join us for an illuminating online lecture by Horticulture Professional Pamela Hargest on the 100 Resilient Yards Project. Rain gardens, pollinators, and aesthetic vegetables can help you achieve your garden dreams. Pamela will share her favorite tips and tricks about what you can do to improve your yard in a sustainable and ecologically responsible way.

Sunday March 3rd | 3:00-4:30pm | Virtual

To learn more and to register, click here.

Getting kids into the Garden: Seed Starting for Families

Everyone should have the opportunity to watch a seed come to life, grow their own food, and get their hands in the soil. Gardeners, educators, and families with kiddos of all ages are invited to this hands-on seed starting workshop designed to get everyone excited about gardening! We will talk about the benefits of gardening from a young age, share project ideas to engage kids with seeds and soil, and everyone will get to take home potted seeds to watch grow!

Sunday March 24th | 3:00-4:30pm | Curtis Memorial Library

To learn more and to register, click here.