Elementary greenhouse program awarded $3,650 in COVID grants
The Weekly Packet|August 19, 2021
Funds will support repairs, integration into curriculum
JEFFREY B. ROTH

SEDGWICK—It’s no secret that young children enjoy getting their hands dirty while digging for earthworms or preparing the soil to plant seeds.

Teachers at Sedgwick Elementary School recognized that when that proclivity is combined with school-aged students’ curiosity about the world in which they live, it creates opportunities to use an existing 2,700-square-foot greenhouse to teach science, math and skills related to gardening and agriculture, said Sarah Doremus, science, technology, art and mathematics teacher. The school’s greenhouse program was awarded two COVID-related grants totaling $3,650, which Doremus said will be used to repair and improve the structure and purchase supplies needed to incorporate the program into the curriculum.

In April, the Maine Environmental Education Association informed Doremus that the greenhouse program had been selected to receive a $650 grant to support outdoor learning programs. Then, in July, the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) awarded the program a $3,000 grant. In all, MFT awarded 20 grants totaling $50,000 to organizations that work to increase “food sustainability and community health on the Blue Hill Peninsula, according to a press release. “Many of this year’s grants will fund projects that support food security efforts, which has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Doremus added that the greenhouse program has also been approved for a small COVID emergency scholarship grant from the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom program (MAITC), though the amount is not yet known. The maximum MAITC greenhouse grant is $2,000, according to the organization’s website.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM THE WEEKLY PACKETView All

Wilson Museum celebrates Bowdoin's centennial

Join the Wilson Museum in celebrating the centennial of Maine Maritime Academy’s schooner Bowdoin, the official vessel of the State of Maine, at programs that revisit Donald MacMillan’s Arctic explorations and delve into the art of shipsmithing.

2 mins read
The Weekly Packet
September 16, 2021

GSA announces new staffas school resumes

A total of seven new members have been added to the staff of George Stevens Academy, according to a press release issued by the private nonprofit high school. The new staff include faculty and administrative personnel.

3 mins read
The Weekly Packet
September 16, 2021

Falls Bridge construction project scheduled

Project estimated at $10.5 million

2 mins read
The Weekly Packet
September 16, 2021

Women's Skillet Toss

Intercontinental & Greater Hancock County Championship Saturday, September 4 , 3:30 p.m., Grandstand Track

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
Blue Hill Fair Handbook

The Largest Pumpkin or Squash Contest

Judging Friday, 1 p.m., Exhibition Hall

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
Blue Hill Fair Handbook

Wild blueberry pie and muffin baking contest

Enter Saturday before noon, judging 1 p.m., Exhibition Hall

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
Blue Hill Fair Handbook

Hundreds attend Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

BLUE HILL—More than 300 visitors braved the heat and oppressive humidity preceding Tropical Storm Henri on Saturday, August 21, to attend the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival.

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
August 26, 2021

Snow's Cove Road reopens to traffic

Fishway passage restored

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
August 26, 2021

Farm animals shine at the Fair

Sheep, oxen, horses and more

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
Blue Hill Fair Handbook

Exhibition Hall offers glimpse into farming life

New to the Exhibition Hall this year: the Flower Show!

2 mins read
The Weekly Packet
Blue Hill Fair Handbook