Home Gardeners’ Fair

Have you wanted to take advantage of growing your own food? Or perhaps you have specific questions about being more successful doing so? Then, the Home Gardners’ Fair is an event you will want to attend! The Home Gardners’ Fair will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Lubec School in Lubec, Maine. This event is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

Hands-on workshops and speakers will be presenting on various gardening subjects including the construction of raised beds, companion planting, homesteading with animals, raising vegetables, canning, and soil quality information with additional successful home growing topics, tips and techniques offered throughout the day. To get a jump start on your garden, there will also be perennial and annual plants for sale.

The Home Gardeners’ Fair is the result of increased interest and the action of several community groups, as well as individuals in Lubec, who are committed to community access to local and healthy food. Community partners who have organized the event include the Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC), Transition Lubec, the Lubec Open Market, Herbminders of Maine, Old Sow Farm and The Coast of Maine. 

In 2014, the Lubec Community Outreach Center made a commitment to encourage and provide programs that would increase food security and the availability of locally grown produce to the community. 

During the summer of 2014, the pilot project, “TEAMWork/GetGrowing,” with the support of funding through the Maine Community Foundation, offered a hands-on program where local teens were mentored with experienced gardener volunteers to learn skills and best practices in organic vegetable gardening, and participate in nutritional cooking activities. Building on the success of this program, LCOC is planning the initiation and expansion of new “TEAMWork/GetGrowing” programs.

The Home Gardeners’ Fair is the first of several programs being offered this year to engage the community in growing more food locally. Other programs include establishing a school garden at the Lubec School with participation by school children, and continued gardening activities in the classroom linked to the curriculum with the support of their teachers. There will also be a focus on creating and supporting more home gardens throughout the community.

The partnering community organizations, gardeners and farmers are excited to be hosting this fun and educational fair to share local expertise with community members! If you have gardening knowledge to share, or have an agricultural related product and wish to be a vendor at the event, or for more information, please contact Felicia Newman at (207) 272-2293 or Jessica Guptill at (207) 263-4201 to share your ideas. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!