Community invited to organic gardening tour and planting celebration

May 22, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail

Are you a first-time gardener looking for direction? Come and learn about basic organic gardening, what crops might be good to start with, garden planning, sustainable practices, crop rotation and composting on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pearson Town Farming Project located at Saint Joseph's College. The event will include a demonstration of "square-foot gardening" used to maximize yields in very small spaces, activities in the "kinder-garden," a space for children to learn and practice gardening, farm tours, and planting seeds.

The farm, called the Pearson Town Farming Project, is a joint venture of Saint Joseph's College and Bon App├ętit, the college's food services company that is committed to sustainable practices. The project sponsors an educational internship program for college students and encourages community education and participation. Some of the food grown will benefit the Catherine Cupboard's Food Pantry in Standish, started last year by the college.

The farm is located behind the stone barns at 289 Whites Bridge Road, across the street from the main campus of Saint Joseph's College. For parking, take second driveway leading to red farmhouse with attached stone barns. For more information, call Michial Russell at 310-0976.