WATERVILLE — Children at the Alfond Center, with the help of North End Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Steve Aucoin, had the opportunity to learn about gardening this summer from seeds to produce. Using funding provided through a grant to Sustain Mid Maine Coalition from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and supplemental funding from the Nickelodeon Fund, participants watched a garden go from a box of soil to a productive vegetable patch.

Brent Burger of the Winslow Agway donated the soil, plants and seeds as well as a sign recognizing the donors. During the planting which was supervised by local teacher Mary Dunn, the gardeners planted a salsa garden, a pizza garden, and a flower garden among other groupings.

One of the requirements stipulated the garden must be maintained organically. Throughout the summer, the children tended the raised-beds and waited to sample the products of their labor. Each garden was tended by a group of children accompanied by an adult supervisor.

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