East Lyme Giving Garden Seminars

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The East Lyme Giving Garden has teamed up with the Parks and Recreation department to offer some wonderful learning opportunities this winter! Seminars will take place on select Sundays from 10-11am(unless noted) at the community center, please see the schedule below with more information about each.

The East Lyme Giving Garden provides sustainably grown produce to those in need in our community, in order to make a meaningful impact on local food insecurity. The Garden also provides education on healthy eating, sound growing practices, and fosters community engagement. The Garden promotes preservation of our region’s open spaces while using sustainable growing methods focusing on regenerative soil practices. The Giving Garden team values the diversity within our community and want to provide a common and welcoming space for all.

Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
Start Your Vegetable Plants Now!
–  Gardening in January, really?  Yes! If you want to have beautiful starter plants ready and able to be transplanted into your garden in the spring, starting your seeds in winter is essential.  Let Eunice Sutphen, Director of the Eastern Connecticut Community Garden Association, walk you through the necessary steps, materials and equipment to make your spring garden bountiful.

Monday, January 23, 2023 at 1 PM, Senior Center
Regenerative Gardening, Porches, Pots and Windowsills: How To Grow Vegetables In Small Spaces – Many of us do not have a large space to grow a garden, but there are many ways to enjoy fresh vegetables by growing plants in small spaces.  Liz Farley, farm manager of the East Lyme Giving Garden, will discuss an overview of what regenerative gardening is and why it is important to our environment.  Liz will also discuss the many options for growing small gardens outside to using pots on your porch.

Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
Building A Regenerative Vegetable Garden
–   Craig Floyd, a tenth generation farmer, Farm Manager of Coogan Farm and teacher of regenerative farming techniques will present this 90-minute seminar.  Perfect for seasoned gardeners and novices alike, Craig will review no till, no spray techniques, the importance of compost, and the necessity for nutrient evaluation of your soil.

Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
Cooking Scraps to Compost: Easy Steps to Fantastic Vegetables
– Composting is good for your soil, good for the environment and easy to do at home.  Let Sally Ruggeri, former Pfizer chemist, Master Gardener/Composter and Assistant Garden manager at the East Lyme Giving Garden walk you through the steps to create your own compost using materials from your own home and yard.

Sunday March 19, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
The Essential Micro-organisms In Your Body: Enhancing Your Health
– There is an enormous amount of research and enthusiasm linking our microbial “friends” that live in and on our body with good health. Join Bruce Cohen PhD, former Pfizer scientist, for an overview of what the Microbiome is, from probiotics to bacteria, how they relate to human diseases and what we can do every day to positively impact our own personal microbiome.

Sunday April 16, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
Controlling Those Pesky Weeds In Your Vegetable Garden
– All gardeners face a common annoyance: Fighting the onslaught of weed growth in our gardens.  Rob “Digga” Schact, owner and operator of Hunts Brook Farm and advocate for creating balanced soil by applying natural minerals and beneficial microorganisms, will walk you through the different materials and fabrics available to keep weeds down but maintain a happy and healthy soil environment.

All of these seminars are free, but we request you register for each one you plan to attend to allow us to adequately prepare for the group size expected. You may register by visiting our online registration page and looking for “Giving Garden Seminars” under adult programs.

Please email mmcdowell@eltownhall.com with questions about the seminars