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, 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 26, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
How healthy is your soil?  The importance of soil testing to direct the addition of amendments and cover crops to enhance and build healthy soil
–  Craig Floyd, a tenth generation farmer, retired Farm Manager of Coogan Farm and teacher of regenerative farming techniques will discuss the easy steps of how to sample, send for testing, and supplement your garden with minerals to ensure your garden if fortified for growing vegetables.

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
Did you know that plants can absorb water and nutrients through their leaves?  The magic of Foliar Spraying using homemade mineral amendments: A short term mineralization strategy. Join Nigel Palmer, former aerospace engineer, garden instructor and avid outdoorsman explain how to create and utilize foliar nutrients.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 10 AM, Community Center Activity Room:
The good, the bad and the ugly of garden pest management.  Join Emma Sutphen, owner and operator of Adesa farm and former assistant garden manager of Coogan Farm discuss an integrated and sustainable approach to understanding and managing the diversity of bugs that we all struggle with in our gardens.

All of these seminars are free, but we kindly request (not required to attend) you register in advance 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