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Reading, Writing, Weeding and Seeding

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tilling Troy Howard Middle School
 The Garden Company

“100 Acres of Learning”

Buy Locally Grown
Garden divisionThe Garden Stand Division

.... growing our own food from our own picked and locally harvested seeds.  We eat some of our produce, we bring some to our cafeteria and we sell some to the public.  We also give some of our food to the community.
    Members of the garden division have a lot of fun while learning to behave responsibly.  We encourage you to check out our Pizza Garden, Greenhouse and Watershed project.

New Pest Control Video Shot by Chase
Garden Company Positions

 - Planting, weighing, picking & packing
 - Quality control and financial management
 - Stand Management
 - Advertising & art
 - Coordination of food distribution to other organizations
 - Writers
This year's garden map  


The Process
We plant three times in greenhouse, growing high quality greens, vegtables, herbs and flowers.  Outdoor planting starts as soon as the ground permits.  The compost division adds their wonderful composition to our soil and we begin while the seed division prepares the seeds to plant.
garden stand Hours
Outdoor Market- Tuesday & Thursday, 2-3 P.M.
Indoor Market- M,W,F 9- 2:30 P.M.

In the Greenhouse
tropical garden

Tropical fruit in Maine?

Cut up some fresh fruit and eat. Don't forget to spit out the seeds onto a paer towel. Now your ready for the start of your own tropical fruit garden. The bigger the seed, the deeper we usually plant the seed. Cover your dampened plantings with plastic wrap and put it on the radiator.

*Apple trees- take a fall trip to an apple farm to visit the cider press. Ask if you can have some of the pressings (apple pulp) to take back to school. Plant the flat pressed sheets of apple pulp about 6 inches under well composted soil and mulch. Mark your area with sticks and a string. Check the garden next spring and see what happens. You can plant the apple seed individually by using deep seddling trays.

     Students have been working with the produce managers of the Belfast Coop learning how to bring their produce to market.  They are taught sustainable growing techniques, quality control, accounting and marketing methods.
    The garden students usually work during their free time to harvest and pack their produce for market.  A typical week's harvest: 60- 80 bunches of swiss chard,  30-40 bouquet's of basil and 6-10 of dill.  Our tomatoes are typically eaten on the spot or brought to the  school kitchen.
    It's a great opportunity to have so much support from a local food business.  It gives the garden students an opportunity to learn about the inputs and outputs required to bring a product to market.  It also makes a strong connection between our food system and community.

Students prepare another delivery
 for the Coopchard to coop

potato tower

An eight layer Lasagna Potato Tower  
    You might not know it but at THMS we have a tower... a potato tower. We call it the Lasagna Potato Tower. Your are probably thinking, “what does a lasagna have to with potatoes?”  It really has nothing to directly tob do with the potato at all but describes how they are prepared for growing in a small space like the greenhouse. 
We layer the potatoe eyes, compost, worm castings and straw just like the layers of a lasagna.   This is held together by thick metal screening that we molded into the cylinder shape that we had needed.

        The potato tower grows a lot of potatoes in a small area about 3 feet diameter and five feet tall. Normally this many potatoes takes up to a 20 foot row in the garden but by using the lasagna method we only have to use 3 feet. The bottom line is we are maximizing our growing space.
Tea Gardening

The Origin of Tea         History of Tea

Tea Time Traditions      Tea Time World Wide

History of Herb Tea       Making the Most of Tea

Herb Gardens

Bring and grow herbs indoors
    Easy Herbs to Grow

Seed Sowing, Care, Harvesting and Uses

Growing Herbs   How to Grow Herbs Organically

Herbal Adventures: herbs of  different cultures

RIPE New England

Growing Power

Eat Local Foods

National Garden Association

Gardening to Conserve Maine's Native Landscape

McLaughlin Foundation, Norway, Maine

Farm to School

Garden Club Federation of Maine

Green Landscaping with Native Plants

The Apple Gazette

Growing Schools Garden

Garden Quiz

Solar power, waste water and growing

Mill Creek Urban Farm