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Growing Literacy ON A FARM: Seed Starting and Greenhouse Tour at Whatley Farm with Ben Whatley and Anna Markow In-Person


Please join us for our annual winter garden workshop series, Growing Literacy. This year we are proud to host 6 talks through collaboration with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Growing to Give and Curtis Memorial Library. Two of these talks will be on local farms, three on Zoom and one in-person at Curtis Memorial Library. Bring your curiosity, questions and join us!


Learn about how Whatley Farm starts seeds in their greenhouse, using Japanese paper-pots, various cell trays and pots, a germination chamber, and a "greenhouse within the greenhouse" designed to conserve energy. Tour their greenhouses, which produce seedlings for their own farm use and well as for local gardeners, and also get some ideas for seed starting at home using heat mats, humidity domes, and sunny windows. Please note: This is an in-person event with a limited capacity. Please only register if you plan to attend. More details for this event including directions will be shared with the registrants.  


Whatley Farm is an organic family farm located near the Cathance River's Head of Tide in Topsham, Maine. They grow organic vegetables, seedlings, seed garlic, herbs, and raspberries. They sell their produce year-round at farmers' markets in Brunswick, as well as at stores and restaurants in the Brunswick area, and at their farm stand.



Also, don't forget to plan for our other events in this series:

On Zoom - Planting and Growing by the Lunar Calendar: The Biodynamic Approach to Growing Our Food with Barbara Shinn

Sunday, March 19th 3-4:30pm


Join Barbara Shinn as she unfolds the relationship between our gardens, the moon, and tides. Rooted in ancient practices, biodynamic farming returns our food production to a time when air, water, earth, and fire elements were recognized as essential influences on plant growth and nutrition. Barbara will explain the lunar planting calendar, growing our food for optimal nutrition and life force, biodynamic philosophy, practices and the compost preparations. This event will be held online via Zoom.


Barbara has farmed for 19 years practicing organic, biodynamic, and regenerative farming. She now resides in Freeport, Maine on 14 acres along Collinsbrook stewarding her land with biodynamic practices. She co-organizes the Maine chapter of the national Biodynamic Association.




Sunday, March 12, 2023
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Offsite - See Program Description
  Adults     Seniors  
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Hazel Onsrud

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